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Nat King Cole Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Nat King Cole.

Get me well so I can get on television and tell people to stop smoking.
- Nat King Cole

There's just one thing I can't figure out.
My income tax!
- Nat King Cole

People don't slip.
Time catches up with them.
- Nat King Cole

If I could read it, I could play it.
- Nat King Cole

 

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.
- Nat King Cole

Critics don't buy records.
They get 'em free.
- Nat King Cole

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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I'm in the music business for one purpose -
to make money.
- Nat King Cole

Primarily I'm a meat man, although once in a while
I toy with a few vegetables.
- Nat King Cole

Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will
make anti-segregation work.
- Nat King Cole

You've got to change with the public's taste.
- Nat King Cole

The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.
- Nat King Cole

I'm not playing for other musicians.
We're trying to reach the guy who works all day and
wants to spend a buck at night.
We'll keep him happy.
- Nat King Cole

The Supreme Court is having a hard time integrating schools.
What chance do I have to integrate audiences?
- Nat King Cole

It's not the people in the South who create racial problems -
it's the people who are governing.
- Nat King Cole

The only prejudice I've found anywhere in TV is in
some advertising agencies,
and there isn't so much prejudice as just fear.
- Nat King Cole

I'm proud of our court.
It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists
put out about the way America treats her Negroes.
- Nat King Cole

The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do.
When you've got the respect of white and colored,
you can ease a lot of things.
- Nat King Cole

For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people.
We practically starved to death.
- Nat King Cole

The sheriff is at the cash register,
and if I don't get a hit soon,
I don't know what I'll do.
- Nat King Cole

I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are
pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
- Nat King Cole

I can't bear to see myself even in movies.
The feeling is complex.
I can't stand the sight of myself.
- Nat King Cole

I'm a musician at heart, I know I'm not really a singer.
I couldn't compete with real singers.
But I sing because the public buys it.
- Nat King Cole

Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in
a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same
frame of mind as the musician.
So a critic will often say a musician is slipping.
- Nat King Cole

I am an American citizen and feel I am entitled to
the same rights as any other citizen.
- Nat King Cole

I was a guinea pig for some hoodlums who thought they
could hurt me and frighten me and keep other Negro
entertainers from the South.
- Nat King Cole

I make no claim to being a business genius.
You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
- Nat King Cole

I'm an interpreter of stories.
When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
- Nat King Cole

The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing.
That's because I don't know the horses personally.
- Nat King Cole

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I have Gratitude for Everything
that has brought me to this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me.
Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My happiness depends on me.
- A Course in Miracles

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Am One With Spirit and All Creation -
I give thanks for the unity of all creation
and for everything that has brought me to this moment.
I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson

Courage is the ladder that supports me
as I ascend from Fear to Unconditional Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

I follow my intuition,
and it leads me along the Right Path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

Bless EVERYTHING That Has Occurred To Bring Me To This Instant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I serve to others by living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a miracle, and that's why I'm ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

I Give Thanks for EVERYTHING that has Occurred
to Bring Me to This Instant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day I give thanks that I am me,
and that everything that has ever occurred in my life
happened exactly as it did -
however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I pray that my greatest desires will always be for
exactly what Spirit is offering me at that very moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am one with Spirit. Spirit is within me.
Spirit permeates me and surrounds me.
Spirit is my comfort and my strength.
I am one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am profoundly grateful that the Powers of Light
have chosen ME to be a conduit for Infinite Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

IF it is to be, it is up to me.
- Anonymous

The things that make me different are the things that make me.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)


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