The Best Josephine Baker quotes

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Josephine Baker was a dancer and singer who became popular in the 1920s. She is best known for her banana skirt dance that she performed at the Folies Bergere in Paris, France. She also starred in films such as Zouzou and La Sirene des Tropiques.

Here are the most interesting words from Josephine Baker.

Here are the deepest Life, Love, White quotes from Josephine Baker, and much more.


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About Josephine Baker

birth of the author

3 June 1906

death of the author

12 April 1975

country of the author


occupation of the author

Vedette, Singer, Dancer, Actress, Civil Rights Activist, French Resistance Agent

date of the author

Years Active:

genre of the author

Cabaret, Music Hall, French Pop, French Jazz

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institution of the author

Columbia, Mercury, Rca Victor


I have two loves: my country and Paris. โ€” Josephine Baker

Art is an elastic sort of love. โ€” Josephine Baker

God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers. โ€” Josephine Baker

The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains. โ€” Josephine Baker

i have two loves my country and paris Josephine Baker quote

I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die. โ€” Josephine Baker

I did take the blows [of life], but I took them with my chin up, in dignity, because I so profoundly love and respect humanity. โ€” Josephine Baker


The white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks. โ€” Josephine Baker

Friends, to me for years St. Louis represented a city of fear… humiliation… misery and terror… A city where in the eyes of the white man a Negro should know his place and had better stay in it. โ€” Josephine Baker

Let us stop saying ‘white Americans’ and ‘colored Americans,’ let us try once and for all saying… Americans. Let human beings be equal on Earth as in Heaven. โ€” Josephine Baker

the white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks Josephine Baker quote

We’ve got to show that blacks and whites are treated equally in the army. Otherwise, what’s the point of waging war on Hitler? โ€” Josephine Baker


What am I most ashamed of in my life? Not keeping my promise to my sister and being too scared of America to attend her funeral. โ€” Josephine Baker

I shall dance all my life. . . . I would like to die, breathless, spent, at the end of a dance. โ€” Josephine Baker

Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life. โ€” Josephine Baker

All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice. โ€” Josephine Baker

Inspiring Phrases From Josephine Baker

Americans, the eyes of the world are upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do? โ€” Josephine Baker

I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely. โ€” Josephine Baker

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One dance had made me the most famous colored woman in the world. โ€” Josephine Baker

What was Josephine Bakerโ€™s early life like?

Josephine Baker grew up fatherless and in poverty. Between the ages of 8 and 10 she was out of school, helping to support her family.
As an adolescent she became a dancer, touring at age 16 with a dance troupe from Philadelphia.


To realise our dreams we must decide to wake up. โ€” Josephine Baker

The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts. โ€” Josephine Baker

i like frenchmen very much because even when they insult you they do it so nicely Josephine Baker quote

Beautiful? It’s all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest… beautiful, no. Amusing, yes. โ€” Josephine Baker

I believe if the white and colored people could get together and be let alone, they would understand each other and consequently love each other. โ€” Josephine Baker

Various Statements From Josephine Baker

The hate directed against the colored people here in St. Louis has always given me a sad feeling because when I was a little girl I remember the horror of the East St. Louis race riot. โ€” Josephine Baker

I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on. โ€” Josephine Baker

I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad. โ€” Josephine Baker

i wasn t really naked i simply didn t have any clothes on Josephine Baker quote

A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for. โ€” Josephine Baker

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