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Quotes by Ray Charles - (32 quotes)

Ray Charles - From the Aging category:

Music is nothing separate from me. It is me. I can't retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver. You'd have to remove the music from me surgically - like you were taking out my appendix. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Ambition category:

The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural. Anything I've fantasized about, I've done. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Artists category:

The artists... that's what makes it so good for us... (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Communication category:

I'd like to think that when I sing a song, I can let you know all about the heartbreak, struggle, lies and kicks in the ass I've gotten over the years for being black and everything else, without actually saying a word about it. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Criticism category:

When I started to sing like myself - as opposed to imitating Nat Cole, which I had done for a while - when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchy, this religious or gospel sound. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. It was very controversial. I got a lot of criticism for it. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Desire category:

I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me - like food or water. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Dreams category:

Dreams, if they're any good, are always a little bit crazy. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Emotion category:

Crying's always been a way for me to get things out which are buried deep, deep down. When I sing, I often cry. Crying is feeling, and feeling is being human. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Faith category:

I know it sounds strange - a blind teenager buzzin' round on a motorcycle - but I liked that; that was me. I had always been nervy, and I always had a lot of faith in my ability not to break my neck. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Fame category:

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Gender category:

Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Generosity category:

- For the Love of Women...
You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit - just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Immortality category:

I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Life category:

Live each day like it's your last, 'cause one day you gonna be right. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Listening category:

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Memory category:

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Money category:

I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Music category:

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Possibilities category:

There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Power category:

Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you - a part that's so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Prayer category:

When I was going blind, I didn't turn to God. It didn't seem to me then - and it doesn't seem to me now - that those items were His concern. Early on, I figured I better begin to learn how to count on myself, instead of counting on supernatural forces. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Profession category:

Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Prosperity category:

Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Purpose category:

I don't think any of us really knows why we're here. But I think we're suppose to believe we're here for a purpose. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Recognition category:

My version of Georgia became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Religion category:

There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, 'If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.' (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Responsibility category:

I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Satisfaction category:

Do it right or don't do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there's something I want to do, I'm one of those people that won't be satisfied until I get it done. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Senses category:

I hear like you see - like that hummingbird outside that window for instance. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Style category:

My stuff was filled with more despair than anything you'd associate with rock 'n' roll. Since I couldn't see people dancing, I didn't write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style requires pure heart singing. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Words category:

Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap. (Ray Charles)

Ray Charles - From the Work category:

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man. (Ray Charles)