February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003


51 Greatest Quotes By Nina Simone

It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live. Nina Simone
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
You've got to learn to leave the table When love's no longer being served". Nina Simone
It's a good time for black people to be alive. Nina Simone
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
I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel. Nina Simone
I wasn't a jazz player, but a classical musician, and I improvised arrangements of popular songs using classical motifs. Nina Simone
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
To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense. Nina Simone
I'm just human, I have faults like anyone. Nina Simone
Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing. Nina Simone
I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I've dreamed. Nina Simone
My daughter is in more competition with me. I never wanted to be bigger than my mother or to challenge her. Nina Simone
Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking. Nina Simone
I flirt all the time. I like men! I don't think we can do without them. Nina Simone
You don't have to live next to me / Just give me my equality. Nina Simone
I want to shake people up so bad, that when they leave a nightclub where I've performed, I just want them to be to pieces. Nina Simone
It's a new dawn, it's a new day...and I'm feeling good. Nina Simone
When I'm on that stage, I assume honor. I assume compensation, and I should. Nina Simone
I'll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. I mean really, no fear! Nina Simone
I didn't get interested in music. It was a gift from God. Nina Simone
At this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I don't think you can help but be involved. Nina Simone
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. Nina Simone
I was always a politician from the day the civil rights people chose me as their protest singer. Nina Simone
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
Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking. Nina Simone
What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did. Nina Simone
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
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. Nina Simone
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
I'm not a blues singer, I'm a diva. Nina Simone
Tomorrow, I might be in a different mood and you wouldn't recognize my voice. Nina Simone
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
Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home. Nina Simone
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
You get racism crossing the street; it's in the very fabric of American society. Nina Simone
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
I know I'm different, but I don't think about it. Nina Simone
There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were. Nina Simone
Many times I feel different like a different person. Nina Simone
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
I think that the artists who don't get involved in preaching messages probably are happier - but you see, I have to live with Nina, and that is very difficult. Nina Simone
Funk, gospel, blues is all out of slavery times, out of depression, out of sorrow. Nina Simone
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
You feel the shame, humiliation, and anger at being just another victim of prejudice, and at the same time, there's the nagging worry that maybe... you're just no good. Nina Simone
Sometimes I sound like gravel, and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream. Nina Simone
It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution - real girl's talk. Nina Simone
This is the world you have made yourself, now you have to live in it. Nina Simone
What is love but a prelude to sorrow...with heartache ahead for your goal. Nina Simone