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Nina Simone quotes on music


I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I’m not going. -Nina Simone

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I would like you to know, I am a doctor of music. -Nina Simone

Music has been a burden and a joy for as long as I can remember. -Nina Simone

Music is as close to God as I know. -Nina Simone

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Theory and harmony broadened my mind in music. I know what music is made of. -Nina Simone

I love to travel to hear different kinds of music. -Nina Simone

I didn’t get interested in music. It was a gift from God. -Nina Simone

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Music is a gift and a burden I’ve had since I can remember who I was. -Nina Simone

I don’t like rap music at all. I don’t think it’s music. It’s just a beat and rapping. -Nina Simone

I had spent many years pursuing excellence because that is what classical music is all about๏ฟฝ Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. -Nina Simone

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Music is the center of my life. -Nina Simone

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

Every day has its emotional difficulties. I miss my mother whether I’m singing her music or not. -Nina Simone

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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

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

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

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I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat-a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second. -Nina Simone

Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing. -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

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She was alien to me, she started me on bach. and this bach, i liked him. -Nina Simone

I’m a nut for Bach as a composer. -Nina Simone

What is love but a prelude to sorrow…with heartache ahead for your goal. -Nina Simone

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I play piano, by ear. Yes, I write songs… and good ones. -Nina Simone

Sometimes I sound like gravel and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream. -Nina Simone

I don’t like drug addicts and she sounds like a cat. -Nina Simone

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My name sounds French but that’s just a stage name. -Nina Simone

I do love to sing Jacques Brel songs, intensely. I get terribly excited, just by reading a couple of lines in any one of his songs. -Nina Simone

What I was interested in was conveying an emotional message, which means using everything you’ve got inside you sometimes to barely make a note, or if you have to strain to sing, you sing. -Nina Simone

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Nina Simone quotes on feelings


I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed. -Nina Simone

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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

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

Many times I feel different like a different person. -Nina Simone

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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

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

Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking. -Nina Simone

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…and I’m feeling good. -Nina Simone

They don’t know that I’m dead, and my ghost is holding on. -Nina Simone

I look forward to doing my own show, not someone else’s. That’s always been my dream. -Nina Simone

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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

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

Having as little to do with human beings as possible-in some weird way, I’m at peace.” -Nina Simone

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If I want to take a particular form of blues somewhere else I have the equipment to do it but I never even thought of it. -Nina Simone

I have to be composed; I have to be poised. I have to remember what my first piano teacher told me: ‘You do not touch that piano until you are ready and until they are ready to listen to you. -Nina Simone

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

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From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black man to touch a white woman. -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 was not reluctant to become a singer. Singing has been an activity I’ve done my whole life, without thought. -Nina Simone

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Nina Simone quotes on people


It’s a good time for black people to be alive. -Nina Simone

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There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were. -Nina Simone

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

When a child is gifted, people try to help that child. -Nina Simone

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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

To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense. -Nina Simone

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

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I was always a politician from the day the civil rights people chose me as their protest singer. -Nina Simone

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. -Nina Simone

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that’s not what I play. I play black classical music. -Nina Simone

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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 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 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

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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

This is the world you have made yourself, now you have to live in it. -Nina Simone

Greed has driven the world crazy. -Nina Simone

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I can’t stand loud guitars that make me deaf. -Nina Simone

It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. -Nina Simone

I am particular about the seating of the audience-also about how much money they pay-but most of all where they are seated. If I am going to sing something intimate, who am I going to sing it to? -Nina Simone

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You don’t have to live next to me / Just give me my equality. -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

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

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Nina Simone quotes on classical


I wasn’t a jazz player, but a classical musician, and I improvised arrangements of popular songs using classical motifs. -Nina Simone

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More from Nina simone


I can read and arrange, but I can’t write. -Nina Simone

It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times. -Nina Simone

It was always Marx, Lenin, and revolution-real girl’s talk. -Nina Simone

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You’ve got to learn to leave the table When love’s no longer being served”. -Nina Simone

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

What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did. -Nina Simone

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But oh, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood. -Nina Simone

You don’t know what it’s like to love somebody the way I love you. -Nina Simone

I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. -Nina Simone

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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 get racism crossing the street; it’s in the very fabric of American society. -Nina Simone

When I choose material for an album all these songs I grew up with pour into my head. -Nina Simone

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I try to swim every damn day I can, and I’ve learned to scuba dive and snorkel. -Nina Simone

For my love is like the wind, and wild is the wind. -Nina Simone

I had heard blues and jazz all my life but I was never aware that it was associated with nightclubs and drinking. -Nina Simone

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I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. -Nina Simone

I drink much more that I ought to drink because it brings me back you. -Nina Simone

When I’m on that stage, I assume honor. I assume compensation, and I should. -Nina Simone

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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

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

Tomorrow, I might be in a different mood and you wouldn’t recognize my voice. -Nina Simone

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My daughter is in more competition with me. I never wanted to be bigger than my mother or to challenge her. -Nina Simone

That’s a very high goal to have, study eight hours a day to be a concert pianist. -Nina Simone

I have a cultured manner of speaking. -Nina Simone

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Funk, gospel, blues is all out of slavery times, out of depression, out of sorrow. -Nina Simone

I know I’m different, but I don’t think about it. -Nina Simone

I don’t like to go to strange places. I was in Italy for about five hours on my way to Africa. -Nina Simone If I get an idea I put it on tape and somebody else writes it out. -Nina Simone

To be young, gifted and black! -Nina Simone

How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? -Nina Simone One of Nina Simone’s most popular songs, “Mississippi Goddam – was made in direct response to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

I’m a real rebel with a cause. -Nina Simone

I have to constantly re-identify myself to myself, reactivate my own standards, my own convictions about what I’m doing and why.” -Nina Simone

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