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Nina Simone Quotes



Quotes by Nina Simone - (18 quotes)

Nina Simone - From the Artists category:

I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Audience category:

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)

Nina Simone - From the Change category:

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

Nina Simone - From the Doubt category:

The worst thing about... 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)

Nina Simone - From the Excellence category:

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)

Nina Simone - From the Freedom category:

I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Importance category:

- living in France after 1992...
I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Masters category:

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)

Nina Simone - From the Money category:

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)

Nina Simone - From the Music category:

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

Nina Simone - From the Music category:

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

Nina Simone - From the Music category:

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... I discovered I had a voice plus the talent to mix classical music together with more popular songs... (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Performance category:

I've had a couple of times on stage when I really felt free. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Practice category:

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)

Nina Simone - From the Responsibility category:

An artist's duty, as far as I am concerned, is to reflect the times. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Rules category:

I'm a real rebel with a cause. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Sacrifice category:

I don't mind going without food or sleep as long as I am doing something worthwhile to me, such as this. (Nina Simone)

Nina Simone - From the Shock category:

I want to shake people up so bad that when they leave a nightclub where I perform, I want them to be in pieces. (Nina Simone)