It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me. They wouldn't drink or move when I sang. If they had their glasses in mid-air, the glasses wouldn't come down.
We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
I have reason to be shy. I've been hurt plenty.
I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with, but you can't go back to them and be one of them again, no matter how hard you try.
The white audiences thought I was white, my features being what they are, and at every performance I'd have to take off my gloves to prove I was a spade.
Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
You are a person of the greatest importance when you are a mother of a family. Just do your job right and your kids will love you.
Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults and virtues as members of the other races.
When you dominate other people's emotions, the time has to come when you will have to pay, and heavily, for that privilege.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
I want affection and tenderness desperately, but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
There's no hypocrisy in Hell's Kitchen.
Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks, browns and yellows. I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
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