You've got to learn to leave the table When love's no longer being served".— Nina Simone
The most cheerful Nina Simone quotes that will transform you to a better person
Life is short. People are not easy to know. They're not easy to know, so if you don't tell them how you feel, you're not going to get anywhere, I feel.
Birds flying high you know how I feel Sun in the sky you know how I feel Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel And this old world is a new world And a bold world For me And I'm feeling good I'm feeling good
My love is like the wind and wild is the wind.
Give me more than one caress, satisfy my hungriness. Let the wind blow through your heart for wild is the wind.
What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.
There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
I do not believe in mixing of the races.
You can quote me. I don't believe in it, and I never have. I've never changed. I've never changed my hair. I've never changed my color, I have always been proud of myself, and my fans are proud of me for remaining the way I've always been. I married a white man one time, but he was a creep
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.
Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking.
It's a new dawn, it's a new day...and I'm feeling good.
I made wine from the lilac tree/Put my heart in its recipe/It makes me see what I want to see/And be what I want to be
I feel what they feel. And people who listen to me know that, and it makes them feel like they're not alone.
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.
It's logical that people from bad times will reflect their feelings in their communication. Music is part of the communication. If you lived it, you can do it.
I applied for a scholarship to Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
I knew I was good enough, but they turned me down. And it took me about six months to realize it was because I was black. I never really got over that jolt of racism at the time.
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.
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," a song that was written for Simone, she confronted the band's lead singer, Eric Burdon. "So you're the honky," she said, "who stole my song and got a hit out of it?
What is love but a prelude to sorrow...with heartache ahead for your goal.
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.
Funk, gospel, blues is all out of slavery times, out of depression, out of sorrow.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
I'm sorry that I did not become the world's first black classic pianist.
I think I would have been happier.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
The allusion was that I was actually naked.
I loved that. It always, kind of shocked people enough that they became mine immediately.
That is why we fly from the inner void, since God might steal into it.
It is not the pursuit of pleasure and the aversion for effort which causes sin, but fear of God. We know that we cannot see him face to face without dying, and we do not want to die.
You can't be different if you look at it.
Being gifted is different. I had that in my piano playing. I'm very thankful for that. I'm very aware of that. The style and what I fed is just me. I never worked at it. It just happened.
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.
My people have very subtle slang, inflections and ways of saying things that has little to do with words. If you're from the same place, you'll feel the jargon and know exactly what's happening. Same with any neighborhood cat. What he sees and hears and feels and lives makes him what he is. That's what blues is.
I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping.
I only knew classical music, which to me was the only true music.
The only way I could survive at the bar was to mix the classical music with popular songs, and that meant I had to sing. What happened was that I discovered I had a voice plus the talent to mix classical music together with more popular songs, which at the time I detested.
It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution - real girl's talk.
My job is not done. I address my songs now to the third world. I am popular all over Asia and Africa and the Middle East, not to speak of South Africa, where I'm trying to go to see Nelson Mandela.
Tomorrow, I might be in a different mood and you wouldn't recognize my voice.
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.
I was not reluctant to become a singer.
Singing has been an activity I've done my whole life, without thought.
Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
I don't like to go to strange places. I was in Italy for about five hours on my way to Africa.
From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black man to touch a white woman.
I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
I love the classics but there are many new ideas to be made into reality.
I'd rather be concerned with my own thing. There are many masters of classical piano so I'll leave it to them.
I believe the time will come when the whole definition of pop music will change.
It will get to the point where a song will not be a good song until it has a high level of creativity in writing and performance. In other words, in order to be popular, songs will have to meet these high standards.
I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going.
That's a very high goal to have, study eight hours a day to be a concert pianist.
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.
I don't like to go to strange places.
The pressure of show business is on all the time and show business is a fickle business. Whatever is popular now - that's all that counts. I have to constantly re-identify myself to myself, reactivate my own standards, my own convictions about what I'm doing and why.
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.
I'm a real rebel with a cause.
When a child is gifted, people try to help that child.
It's time to take a look at my failures and stop calling them successes.
Now I can start working at something that can use me best.