65 Nina Simone Quotes On Success In Life

Eunice Kathleen Waymon known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights, activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. These Nina Simone quotes will motivate you.

Best Nina Simone Quotes

  1. “I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.” ~ Nina Simone
  2. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table When love’s no longer being served”.” ~ Nina Simone
  3. “What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.” ~ Nina Simone
  4. “You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” ~ Nina Simone
  5. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  6. “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” ~ Nina Simone
  7. “You have to learn to get up from the table when love is not being served.” ~ Nina Simone

  8. “Anything human can be felt through music, which means that there is no limit to the creating that can be done with music. You can take the same phrase from any song and cut it up so many different ways – it’s infinite. It’s like God… you know?” ~ Nina Simone
  9. “This is the world you have made yourself, now you have to live in it.” ~ Nina Simone
  10. “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…and I’m feeling good.” ~ Nina Simone
  11. “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.” ~ Nina Simone , Nina Simone quotes on slavery
  12. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  13. “Talent is a burden not a joy. I am not of this planet. I do not come from you. I am not like you.” ~ Nina Simone

  14. “How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it” ~ Nina Simone
  15. “There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.” ~ Nina Simone
  16. “Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.” ~ Nina Simone
  17. “Music is an art and art has its own rules. And one of them is that you must pay more attention to it than anything else in the world, if you are going to be true to yourself. And if you don’t do it – and you are an artist – it punishes you.” ~ Nina Simone , Nina Simone quotes on music
  18. “You don’t have to live next to me / Just give me my equality.” ~ Nina Simone
  19. “I know I’m different, but I don’t think about it.” ~ Nina Simone

  20. “I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed.” ~ Nina Simone
  21. “We have ordered things so long in a certain way, we are numb. Nobody dares question it. This is what is wrong, symbolically, with America.” ~ Nina Simone
  22. “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” ~ Nina Simone , Nina Simone quotes on artist
  23. “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” ~ Nina Simone
  24. “To be young, gifted and black!” ~ Nina Simone
  25. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  26. “I’m a real rebel with a cause.” ~ Nina Simone

  27. “I’m just human, I have faults like anyone” ~ Nina Simone
  28. “I was always a politician from the day the civil rights people chose me as their protest singer.” ~ Nina Simone
  29. “Music is one of the ways by which you can know everything which is going on in the world. You can feel… through music… Whew… you can feel the vibrations of everybody in the world at any given moment.” ~ Nina Simone
  30. “I feel what they feel. And people who listen to me know that, and it makes them feel like they’re not alone.” ~ Nina Simone
  31. “What is love but a prelude to sorrow…with heartache ahead for your goal.” ~ Nina Simone
  32. “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” ~ Nina Simone
  33. “I believe in racial memory too. I’m sure I’ve got ancient African blood in me that has something to do with what I am.” ~ Nina Simone
  34. “It’s logical that people from bad times will reflect their feelings in their communication. Music is part of communication. If you lived it, you can do it.” ~ Nina Simone
  35. “Many times I feel different like a different person.” ~ Nina Simone

  36. “Through music, you can become sad, joyful, loving, you can learn. You can learn mathematics, touch, pacing… Oh my God! Ooh… Wow… You can see colors through music. Anything!” ~ Nina Simone
  37. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  38. “It’s a good time for black people to be alive.” ~ Nina Simone
  39. “It doesn’t matter to me what is going on today because my music encompasses every kind of mood that exists in human beings. That’s my stick.” ~ Nina Simone
  40. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  41. “My singing, if you want to call it that is merely another medium of expression. Just an instrument I play. That’s how I see my voice.” ~ Nina Simone
  42. “It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution – real girl’s talk.” ~ Nina Simone

  43. “Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.” ~ Nina Simone
  44. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  45. “Funk, gospel, blues is all out of slavery times, out of depression, out of sorrow.” ~ Nina Simone
  46. “Desegregation is a joke.” ~ Nina Simone
  47. “The Beatles are lucky, very lucky. But what has happened to them has nothing to do with them, in a sense. They came along at the right time. Attention was focused on them. They’ve had the chance to grow in almost any direction they wanted. Very lucky. They are not exceptionally talented.” ~ Nina Simone
  48. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  49. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  50. “I look forward to doing my own show, not someone else’s. That’s always been my dream.” ~ Nina Simone

  51. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  52. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  53. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  54. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  55. “It is difficult to retain your standards with the pressure of trying to make money, which always has its rules…It’s hard to walk the tightrope of doing what you think is your best and making money at it.” ~ Nina Simone
  56. “Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. . . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things – all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.” ~ Nina Simone
  57. “Tomorrow, I might be in a different mood and you wouldn’t recognize my voice.” ~ Nina Simone

  58. “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?” ~ Nina Simone
  59. “I’m sorry that I did not become the world’s first black classic pianist. I think I would have been happier.” ~ Nina Simone
  60. “Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.” ~ Nina Simone
  61. “The allusion was that I was actually naked. I loved that. It always, kind of shocked people enough that they became mine immediately.” ~ Nina Simone
  62. “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.” ~ Nina Simone , Nina Simone quotes on songs
  63. “I demand perfection in what I do, and I practice very hard before I give a concert-sometimes three to six hours a day.” ~ Nina Simone
  64. “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.” ~ Nina Simone
  65. “As far as piano players are concerned, Oscar Peterson is my very favorite. I also like McCoy Tyner. I think that the big jazz stars, both now and in the past…how shall I say it? These guys are as great as Bach, Beethoven; all of them. People don’t know it yet. If jazz survives and is put on a pedestal as an art form, the same as classical music has been through the years, a hundred years from now the kids will know who they were, with that kind of respect.” ~ Nina Simone

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