You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.— Diana Ross
The most unusual Diana Ross quotes that will activate your desire to change
Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.
I really, deeply believe that dreams do come true.
Often, they might not come when you want them. They come in their own time.
Take a little time out of your busy day to give encouragement to someone who's lost their way.
You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.
If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.
I can be a better me than anyone can.
You can always tell where Diana Ross has been by the hair that's left behind!
If we hold on together I know our dreams will never die Dreams see us through to forever Where clouds roll by For you and I
I was brought up in this part of Detroit that they used to call the ghetto.
Criticism, even when you try to ignore it, can hurt.
I have cried over many articles written about me, but I move on and I don't hold on to that.
I don't know what I feel about wearing my furs anymore.
I worked so hard to have a fur coat, and I don't want to wear it anymore because I'm so wrapped up in the animals. I have real deep thoughts about it because I care about the world and nature.
I learned something from that. If someone asks me something that I really don't want to do, I say no. I have to trust that. And I'm not afraid to talk money.
I don't care about vacations. I go away and I come back real quick because I like my work. I really like my work to consume me.
I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin, so I find it really hard to identify someone by saying that they're a gay person or a black person or a Jewish person.
I don't like to have too many makeup artists around, so I always like to do my own.
Being a parent is very important to me.
Hair has always been important.
I think a responsibility comes with notoriety, but I never think of it as power.
It's more like something you hold, like grains of sand. If you keep your hand closed, you can have it and possess it, but if you open your fingers in any way, you can lose it just as quickly.
I have a lust for life.
It's not fair that our name can be used in any newspaper, any article connected with anything, and we can't really fight about it. It's like any newspaper that might take a picture of you, bad or good, and sometimes they're awful pictures, and they can use them without your approval and you can't do anything about it.
They tell me that it will be hard to find a man strong enough to love my own strength and independence, and not worry about being Mr. Diana Ross, but I disagree. I know absolutely that that man is somewhere out there.
I majored in fashion design in school, and I have always wanted to design my own line of clothing, jewelry, and stuff like that; so this was just a step for me in that direction.
I even thought of adopting a child as a single mother.
I'm not really a songwriter - I'm an interpreter.
So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart.
My travels led me to where I am today.
Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunites.
My father worked hard, but we were still very poor;
and I didn't want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer, the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn't want there to be any problems.
People can take your name and write a book about you and they make money off of it. How is the public supposed to know you're not authorizing that book? As soon as you make a big stink about it it only makes the book sell more.
My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches' but in fact, the Ross's were never raggedy.
I always wanted to be a fashion designer and I learned costume illustration in high school. That was an incredible high school. It was more like a college. I'm moving more in that direction, just kind of merchandising my name.
With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes and pretty things. Now I'm comfortable with money and it's comfortable with me.
I have such memories; I keep thinking about all the people I worked with. I was in the recording studio and I was talking to one of the engineers who is 24 and they don't know these people. They just absolutely don't know the people and it just tickles me. I don't feel like I've grown up.
I use Jimmy Galanos gowns for real special occasions and things - television, special occasions where I know I'm being filmed. But I never really wear his gowns on stage. My stage gowns are more costumey. There's different levels of things that I wear.I would never wear my stage gowns to a party.
I jog and I roller-skate. I dance - that's the best exercise.
My name, Diana Ross, is my name and nobody should be able to use that for exploitative purposes but me.
If I do an interview, then I take full responsibility.
I figure I'm not going to talk to anyone that I think is unethical anyway.
I'm really lucky, I have my performing career so I can continue to do personal appearances. Most actors have to do a film. But I thought I would wait until I found something I really liked.A lot of my friends feel that I'm wrong to wait. They say I should have done My Bodyguard, but I don't think so. I think I've been right.
What's important for me is to give my daughters a well-rounded education and a mixture of people in their lives. They'll make their own choices. I think they would be good in show business.
I really don't think that Detroit was any different than New York of Boston or Philadelphia. Kids always wanted to listen to music outside because that's where they hung out with their friends.
I don't think getting in and out of a limousine has anything to do with being an icon.
It has always been, and still is, my intention to build a playground in Central Park.
I try to choose the songs that really are basically coming from my heart.
I think that through the songs that I select, people know what's going on in my life.
I spend too much money on my sets and my gowns.
I think the presentation is important. I don't think people want to see the old show all the time.
I want an autobiography without revealing any personal information.
I want to go Africa. I want to go to China. There are some places I want to go not to work, but to really explore and to see for my own education.
I just think Josephine Baker life story needs to be done.
I think she was an extraordinary woman. To see someone who was basically a showgirl have the kind of lifestyle she had was extraordinary. I really think she made her own lifestyle.
You can have a lot of New York and still see what's going on in the rest of the world, I think - like in China.
I look forward to the future - and going into the studio to make new music.
I really think I want to live in a lot of places.I don't want possessions to hold me down.
Do you know where you going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?