We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
St. Louis Blues.
God doesn't make junk
All my life I've been prejudiced against wealthy people.
Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks, browns and yellows. I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with, but you can't go back to them and be one of them again, no matter how hard you try.
There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing.
When you dominate other people's emotions, the time has to come when you will have to pay, and heavily, for that privilege.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
I have no acting technique I act instinctively. That's why I can't play any role that isn't based on something in my life.
In her whole life Mom never earned more than five or six dollars a week. Being without a husband, it was hard for her to find any place at all for us to live.
Mom never quit on me. My only regret is that she didn't live long enough to share some of the money and comforts my work in show business has brought me.
Though I was excited about the Sojourner Truth play, it was not reassuring to think that my entire future might depend on the success of that one show.
Whenever I played Columbus, Ohio, I dropped in to see my close friend, a medium who had mysterious powers. Her Indian guide was Mohawk.
There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.