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Abbey Lincoln Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Abbey Lincoln.

I was looking for the people who were making the music inside the cabinet.
I would look in there and see if I could find somebody
who was making all this wonderful music.
- Abbey Lincoln

It's a spirit that was given me and the relationships
and meeting all these great people,
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong; through Max I met a lot of people too.
My first album was with Benny Carter.
- Abbey Lincoln

I think that's what really a substantial work is,
it's forever.
It's the truth now and it was the truth then,
and it will be the truth tomorrow.
- Abbey Lincoln

I don't have to lay on the couch and see a therapist
because my therapist is in my paint brushes.
- Abbey Lincoln

 

There are men and women still on the streets,
and that's all they are saying Can you spare a quarter?
I come from a crowd of people who were current on the outlook on life,
who were social and knew where they were and had some
input into how things seemed to be.
- Abbey Lincoln

I remember hearing the song when I was 12 or 14 in -
it must have been in Chicago,
'cause we didn't have a radio on the farm,
and it was during the second World War.
I had three brothers in that war who went overseas.
- Abbey Lincoln

I loved Billie Holiday more than any other person other
than myself on the stage.
Yeah, I do.
- Abbey Lincoln

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But I've been there and done that.
I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody,
and if somebody wants me to come, if they can afford what I ask,
it's not as much as Madonna makes; not that I want what Madonna makes,
but I was saying.
- Abbey Lincoln

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking outward together in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

Joy in looking and comprehending
is nature's most beautiful gift.
- Albert Einstein

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
- Helen Keller

All you have to do is look straight and see the road,
and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.
- Ayn Rand

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Every moment wasted looking back
keeps us from moving forward.
- Hilary Clinton

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck.
If you live through it, you start looking
very carefully to the right and to the left.
- Jean Kerr

When I go to a bar, I don't go looking for a girl who
knows the capital of Maine.
- David Brenner

Looking at a sunset, just for a second
you forget your separateness:
you are the sunset.
That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it.
But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset,
you are no longer feeling it;
you have come back to your separate,
enclosed entity of the ego.
Now the mind is speaking.
- Osho

The Lord prefers common-looking people.
That is why he makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

Marriage has no guarantees.
If that's what you're looking for,
go live with a car battery.
- Erma Bombeck

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
- Oscar Wilde

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

My uncle Sammy was an angry man.
He had printed on his tombstone: What are you looking at?
- Margaret Smith

You will never be happy if you continue to search for
what happiness consists of.
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
- Albert Camus

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people
than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour
looking at my face on their television screens.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Looking back, I have this to regret,
that too often when I loved,
I did not say so.
- David Grayson

You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from.
- Werner Erhard

I get bored very easily, ...
I have a voracious appetite and I do not feel alive
if I'm repeating something I'm good at.
So I'm always looking for new challenges.
- Jewel

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Feeling good about government is like looking on the
bright side of any catastrophe.
When you quit looking on the bright side,
the catastrophe is still there.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family,
together, all of us laughing and talking,
loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.
- LaToya Jackson

It takes more than just a good looking body.
You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
- Epictetus

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.
- Anne Wilson Schaef

If one is desperate for love, I suggest looking at
one's friends and family and see if love is all around.
If not, get a new set of friends, a new family.
- Jasmine Guy

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely
ones in virtually every social situation,
from dating to trial by jury.
- Martha Beck

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings.
That's art to me.
- Maya Lin

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness!
There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.
- Fanny Burney

Loving is not just looking at each other,
it's looking in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I'm looking more like my dogs every day -
it must be the shaggy fringe and the ears.
- Christine McVie

I never trusted good-looking boys.
- Frances McDormand

In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight.
- Joseph Chamberlain

I was scared to do anything in the studio because it felt so claustrophobic.
I wanted to be somewhere where things could happen
and the subject wasn't just looking back at you.
- Annie Leibovitz

I was not given to looking at life in a rosy light.
- Georg Brandes

I am the kind of person that takes everything as is
and then look at it from the outside looking in.
- Josh Schwartz

I am looking forward to getting to do things I have never done before.
- Tony Danza

I'm an old-fashioned guy...
I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch,
looking at a lake or something.
- Johnny Depp

We are going through tough economic times but things are looking up,
and the indicators are improving not only for large
corporations but also for small business.
- George Pataki

If you are looking for a producer, try to contact established producers.
Don't let the fear of theft paralyze you,
or you will never get anywhere with it.
- Penelope Spheeris

It's funny looking at yourself.
You know how it is when you look back at old pictures?
It's just funny looking back at yourself walking and talking at age 14.
- Jennifer Connelly

I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats.
I'm not looking for the secret to life...
I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.
- Frank Sinatra

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me.
I'm a painter who paints day in day out,
from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes,
more rarely portraits.
- Gustav Klimt

And, you know, like I said, I'm not looking forward to a trial.
- Patty Hearst

Looking back, my life seems like one long obstacle race,
with me as the chief obstacle.
- Jack Paar


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