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Nina Simone Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Nina Simone.

From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black
man to touch a white woman.
- Nina Simone

I try to swim every damn day I can,
and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
- Nina Simone

Jazz is a white term to define black people.
My music is black classical music.
- Nina Simone

I'm a real rebel with a cause.
- Nina Simone

 

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
- Nina Simone

Desegregation is a joke.
- Nina Simone

I think the rich are too rich and the poor are too poor.
I don't think the black people are going to rise at all;
I think most of them are going to die.
- Nina Simone

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There's no excuse for the young people not knowing
who the heroes and heroines are or were.
- Nina Simone

I don't like rap music at all.
I don't think it's music.
It's just a beat and rapping.
- Nina Simone

I think if I were over there in America,
protest music would be more important.
But I'm not going.
- Nina Simone

This may be a dream, but I'll say it anyway:
I was supposed to be married last year,
and I bought a gown.
When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown
and have the train of it removed and put aside,
and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet.
- Nina Simone

I had spent many years pursuing excellence,
because that is what classical music is all about...
Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
- Nina Simone

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat -
a sailboat.
I want to own it and let him pay for it.
My first love is the sea and water, not music.
Music is second.
- Nina Simone

When I was studying...
there weren't any black concert pianists.
My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it.
People have heard my music and heard the classic in it,
so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
- Nina Simone

Greed has driven the world crazy.
And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
- Nina Simone

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music,
and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
- Nina Simone

I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too,
because the economic situation around the world is
not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever.
- Nina Simone

The worst thing about that kind of prejudice...
is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it,
it feeds you self-doubt.
You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
- Nina Simone

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt,
and that's not what I play.
I play black classical music.
- Nina Simone

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end -
no apologies, no regrets.
- Henry Kissinger

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow.
Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow.
Following the rainbow is happiness,
not getting to the end of it.
- Werner Erhard

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot

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)

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

In the beginning was the Word.
- John 1:1

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

At the beginning and at the end of love,
the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I can do no other than be reverent
before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion
for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
- Albert Schweitzer

Now this is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
- Winston Churchill

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There was no "before" the beginning of our universe,
because once upon a time there was no time.
- John D. Barrow

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
- Jim Rohn

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

At the beginning, we are in relationship
because we are attracted to the other person -
we think they are sexy, smart, funny,
whatever it is that we find appealing.
But very quickly, the focus of the relationship
turns to whether we feel appreciated.
If we don't feel appreciated, we don't feel loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Let us always meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
- Mother Teresa

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals.
If a garden is a site for the imagination,
how can we be very far from the beginning?
- Francis Cabot Lowell

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living.
It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built.
Where trust is, love can flourish.
- Barbara Smith

I was very nervous at the beginning of Hotel du Nord.
- Marcel Carne

I still believe that the mission of Business 2.0 is very strong,
very fundamental, and we're really at the beginning
of where they're going to take us.
- James Daly

On the last day of our five-day work week,
we did two performances and we had an audience.
It was similar to theatre; we went from beginning to end,
and it was very pleasing.
- Jean Stapleton


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