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Ray Charles Quotes

I hope you find these Ray Charles Quotes inspiring and motivational.

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

Related topics: Music

Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years.
To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
- Ray Charles

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
- Ray Charles

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.
- Ray Charles


 

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.
- Ray Charles

There are many spokes on the wheel of life.
First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
- Ray Charles

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.
- Ray Charles


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The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural.
Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
- Ray Charles

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped
me develop a damn good memory.
- Ray Charles

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."
- Ray Charles

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

I never wanted to be famous.
I only wanted to be great.
- Ray Charles

Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it.
You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
- Ray Charles

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.
- Ray Charles

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.
- Ray Charles

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.
- Ray Charles

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
- W. H. Auden

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.
- Mickey Hart

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you,
following you right on up until you die.
- Paul Simon

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

I don't care much about music.
What I like is sounds.
- Dizzy Gillespie

All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into
a community and find people who need him.
- Charlie Byrd

Music doesn't lie.
If there is something to be changed in this world,
then it can only happen through music.
- Jimi Hendrix

All good music resembles something.
Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the
objects and feelings which motivated it.
- Jean Cocteau

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing
the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings
that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy,
and when I make music I always hope it will have the
same effect on whoever listens to it.
- Aaron Carter

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music
played when soldiers go into battle.
- Heinrich Heine

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

I don't know anything about music.
In my line you don't have to.
- Elvis Presley

Music is the fourth great material want,
first food, then clothes, then shelter,
then music.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter

Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
- Karl Lagerfeld

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve

You are the music while the music lasts.
- T. S. Eliot

But when you get music and words together,
that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
- Lao Tzu

Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable.
- Billy Sheehan

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall,
with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern


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