Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked.— Little Richard
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When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
I am the innovator. I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock 'n' roll!
I think people who don't believe in God are crazy.
How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn't make?
And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut.
Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.
I think God made a woman to be strong and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I've always felt this way because my mother was a very strong woman, without a husband.
People called rock & roll 'African music.' They called it 'voodoo music.' They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan - the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.
It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.
I also think that what's wrong with all of us is that we don't show enough love toward each other.
I got fame and fortune, and I lost my sense of reasoning.
I was washing dishes at the Greyhound bus station at the time and I said, 'Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom, take 'em out!'
It's not the size of the ship; it's the size of the waves.
I don't give the devil credit for creating nothing.
They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.
I saw Uncle John with Long Tall Sally, he saw Aunt Mary coming and he ducked back in the alley.
Rock 'n' roll doesn't glorify God. You can't drink out of God's cup and the devil's cup at the same time. I was one of the pioneers of that music, one of the builders. I know what the blocks are made of because I built them.
I decided to come back and teach goodness in this business.
To teach love, because music is the universal language. We are God's bouquet, and through music we become one.
I invented rock & roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitar player. James Brown was my vocalist.
But I was singing loud, and most singers weren't singing loud.
I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
Black people lived right by the railroad tracks and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy and I thought: I'm gonna make a song that sounds like that.
But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.
I love God, and I'm a follower.
God is omnipotent, He is omniscient, and He is ever present.
I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.
Rock 'n' roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt.
It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters - twelve children.
I don't think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
I would wear flamboyant clothes and long hair, and most singers at the time didn't.
Elvis was God-given, there's no other explanation.
A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.
I'm very much a gentleman in what I do.
I tried to look presentable for a show, but not for sexual attraction.
It was strictly for show business.
But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
I look back on my life, comin' out of Macon, Georgia - I never thought I'd be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life.
I let people know that it was all right to do the kinds of things I did.
God gives us the ability, but rock 'n' roll was created by men.
I was really kind of shy as a child. But I would do things for attention.
And I think a woman should find it a joy to be female because God made both male and female.
I did what I felt, and I felt what I did, at all costs.
I thank God for Elvis Presley. I thank the Lord for sending Elvis to open the door so I could walk down the road.
And I don't get down on nobody else for doing whatever else they do. To each his own.
I also like the banging piano - that old good-time piano.
But I'm a rock 'n' roll singer; that's my livelihood, my occupation.
I only wore makeup when I went onstage.
I'm here to sing.
No, I've never truly been a minister.
Plus I love Tanya Tucker and I love country music.
I just want the world to know that God is present, that he's alive for ever more.