If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see the sun come shining through for you.

— Nat King Cole

The most undeniable Nat King Cole quotes to discover and learn by heart

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.

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Unforgettable in every way, and forever more, that's how you'll stay.

44

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

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The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.

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Smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see that life is still worth while if you just smile

30

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

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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.

20

The Supreme Court is having a hard time integrating schools.

What chance do I have to integrate audiences?

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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.

19

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

15

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

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I got the message. All of us get the message, sooner or later. If you get it before it's too late or before you're too old, you'll pull through all right.

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About Nat King Cole

Quotes 40 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

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

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I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.

13

Although it's been said many times, many ways...Merry Christmas to you!

9

If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that is best.

Get your kicks, on Route Sixty-six.

7

Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.

5

You've got to change with the public's taste.

4

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.

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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.

4

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

3

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

3

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

3

I can't bear to see myself even in movies.

The feeling is complex. I can't stand the sight of myself.

3

The only sport I'm not interested in is horse racing.

That's because I don't know the horses personally.

3

I felt something impossible for me to explain in words.

Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me

2

I make no claim to being a business genius.

You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.

1

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

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Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.

0

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.

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When I first organized the King Cole Trio back in 1937, we were strictly what you would call an instrumental group. To break the monotony, I would sing a few songs here and there between the playing. I sang things I had known over the years. I wasn't trying to give it any special treatment, just singing. I noticed thereafter people started requesting more singing, and it was just one of those things.

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I'm a businessman. I work for business people. The kind of thing they say is: Now we've sold a lot of records, let's sell some more.

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For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people.

We practically starved to death.

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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.

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I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.

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People don't slip. Time catches up with them.

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

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If I could read it, I could play it.

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

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