Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.— Josephine Baker
The most uplifting Josephine Baker quotes that are new and everybody is talking about
You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can't go wrong. The world is behind you.
One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black.
It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States... A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn't stand it anymore... I felt liberated in Paris.
I shall dance all my life. . . . I would like to die, breathless, spent, at the end of a dance.
You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.
We must change the system of education and instruction.
Unfortunately, history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when it should be natural.
A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette.
All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.
I have never really been a great artist.
I have been a human being that has loved art, which is not the same thing. But I have loved and believed in art and the idea of universal brotherhood so much, that I have put everything I have into them, and I have been blessed.
I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.
He was my cream, and I was his coffee - And when you poured us together, it was something.
Beautiful? It's all a question of luck.
I was born with good legs. As for the rest... beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.
...It looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty, the freedom to go where one chose if one was held back by one's color? No, I preferred the Eiffel Tower, which made no promises." ~ Josephine Baker, once she had seen the Eiffel Tower
When I was a child and they burned me out of my home, I was frightened and I ran away. Eventually I ran far away. It was to a place called France. Many of you have been there, and many have not. But I must tell you, ladies and gentlemen, in that country I never feared. It was like a fairyland place.
The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts.
I did take the blows [of life], but I took them with my chin up, in dignity, because I so profoundly love and respect humanity.
We've got to show that blacks and whites are treated equally in the army.
Otherwise, what's the point of waging war on Hitler?
I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States, because of that terror of discrimination.
The hate directed against the colored people here in St.
Louis has always given me a sad feeling... How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do?
I think they must mix blood, otherwise the human race is bound to degenerate.
Mixing blood is marvelous. It makes strong and intelligent men. It takes away tired spirits.
I have two loves: my country and Paris.
I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.
I was learning the importance of names - having them, making them - but at the same time I sensed the dangers. Recognition was followed by oblivion, a yawning maw whose victims disappeared without a trace.
I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.
Oh, you young people act like old men. You have no fun.
Friends, to me for years St. Louis represented a city of fear... humiliation... misery and terror... A city where in the eyes of the white man a Negro should know his place and had better stay in it.
My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose.
.. Africa... but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race... in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.
The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.
All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice.
I'm not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that.
God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers.
Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.
I spent 30 minutes each morning rubbing my body with half a lemon to lighten my skin.
Sex was a pleasurable form of exercise, like dancing.
I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die.
Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life.
Art is an elastic sort of love.
The old Catholic parties hounded me with a Christian hatred from station to station, city to city, one stage to another.
The white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks.
Let us stop saying 'white Americans' and 'colored Americans,' let us try once and for all saying... Americans. Let human beings be equal on Earth as in Heaven.
One dance had made me the most famous colored woman in the world.
To realise our dreams we must decide to wake up.
Is that what they call a vocation, what you do with joy as if you had fire in your heart, the devil in your body?
What am I most ashamed of in my life? Not keeping my promise to my sister and being too scared of America to attend her funeral.