I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.— Ray Charles
The most valuable Ray Charles quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development
Music to me is like breathing. I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music.
Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it.
You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.
What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
Live each day like it's your last, 'cause one day you gonna be right
Before I begin, let me say right here and now that I'm a country boy.
And, man, I mean the real backwoods! That's at the start of the start of the thing, and that's at the heart of the thing.
I'd like to think that when I sing a song, I can let you know all about the heartbreak, struggle, lies and kicks in the ass I've gotten over the years for being black and everything else, without actually saying a word about it.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder and tears are only rain to make love grow.
What I've got to live up to, is being myself. If I do that, the rest will take care of itself.
My mom taught me a lot. A lot about minding your own business and leaving other people's business alone. And let them think what they want.
Music's been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal.
I'm not a jazz singer, blues singer or country singer.
I'm a singer that can sing rhythm & blues, that can sing jazz, that can sing country. There's a big difference. In other words, I'm not a specialist.
[On his heroin addiction:] I did it to myself.
It wasn't society...it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
Crying's always been a way for me to get things out which are buried deep, deep down. When I sing, I often cry. Crying is feeling, and feeling is being human.
Even though I'm not Jewish...Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting.
You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally.
No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit - just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can.
Music is the chalk to the blackboard of life. Without it everything is a blank slate
When I started to sing like myself - as opposed to imitating Nat Cole, which I had done for a while - when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchy, this religious or gospel sound. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. It was very controversial. I got a lot of criticism for it.
I was born with music inside me
I'm a firm believer in God himself, but that's as far as I can go.
I'm not any denomination. I'm not Catholic or Presbyterian or Baptist or Methodist or Jewish or Muslim. I'm none of those things. And I'm sure that's just fine with God.
I cant retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver.
Youd have to remove the music from me surgically—like you were taking out my appendix.
Now Listen You know I work so hard, all day long Everything I try to do, Seem to always turn out wrong That's why I wanna stop by on my way home and say Let's go get stoned
I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind.
My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
What makes my approach special is that I do different things.
I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
There's such a thing as too much happiness and sadness. What I'm after is contentment.
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, "If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles."
Rhythm and blues used to be called race music.
... This music was going on for years, but nobody paid any attention to it.
Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women.
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.
Many times during auditions, I was told that I couldn't carry a note with a bucket, and that I sure couldn't play the piano.
When I was going blind, I didn't turn to God.
It didn't seem to me then - and it doesn't seem to me now - that those items were His concern. Early on, I figured I better begin to learn how to count on myself, instead of counting on supernatural forces.
Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically.
You ask me what I'd like to do that I haven't done and I say 'Nothin'!' I haven't any mountains to climb or oceans to swim. I've been an extremely blessed individual. ... I'm not clamorin' for more trinkets. If I were to die tomorrow, I could say I've had a good life.
If somebody don't like something that I do, that's his or her prerogative. Just like it's mine.
The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural.
Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. All I need are clothes on my back, a decent meal, and a little loving when I feel like it. That's the bottom line.
My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia.
That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
Dreams, if they're any good, are always a little bit crazy.
I heard someone say that all black people got rhythm. Bullshit.
All my life I've always been so blue, born to lose, and now I'm losing you.
If you can play the blues, you can do anything.
I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay, a big stack of bills that gets bigger each day.
It's like Duke Ellington said, there are only two kinds of music - good and bad.
And you can tell when something is good.