I had said before that I'd never write an autobiography because I've been around, and there's a lot that I've seen and heard that stays with me. That's just mine. I didn't want to do a kiss-and-tell, as some of my peers have.
I look at the careers of people I'm standing on the shoulders of. People like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sarah Vaughan. These are icons I wanted to emulate, and I feel like they've been holding me up for quite a long time.
Years ago I learned to be totally responsible for Dionne Warwick. I will not wait for opportunities. I will create them.
My motto in life is 'If you think it, you can do it' and if we all apply that thought we can end hunger the world over.