35 Nina Simone Quotes That Will Inspire You

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35 Best Nina Simone Quotes

1. “Sometimes I sound like gravel, and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream.” – Nina Simone

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2. “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

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3. “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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4. “Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.” – Nina Simone

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5. “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

6. “Greed has driven the world crazy.” – Nina Simone

7. “Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.” – Nina Simone

8. “You don’t have to live next to me. Just give me my equality.” – Nina Simone

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9. “Desegregation is a joke.” – Nina Simone

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10. “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

11. “You get racism crossing the street; it’s in the very fabric of American society.” – Nina Simone

12. “This is the world you have made yourself, now you have to live in it.” – Nina Simone

13. “You use up everything you’ve got trying to give everybody what they want.” – Nina Simone

14. “I flirt all the time. I like men! I don’t think we can do without them.” – Nina Simone

15. “For my love is like the wind, and wild is the wind.” – Nina Simone

16. “You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served.” – Nina Simone

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

18. “You don’t know what it’s like to love somebody the way I love you.” – Nina Simone

19. “What is love but a prelude to sorrow…with heartache ahead for your goal.” – Nina Simone

20. “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.” – Nina Simone

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

22. “I know I’m different, but I don’t think about it.” – Nina Simone

23. “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

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

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

26. “I’m a real rebel with a cause.” – Nina Simone

27. “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

28. “It’s a good time for black people to be alive.” – Nina Simone

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

30. “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

31. “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” – Nina Simone

32. “I didn’t get interested in music. It was a gift from God.” – Nina Simone

33. “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

34. “When I’m on that stage, I assume honor. I assume compensation, and I should.” – Nina Simone

35. “Music is as close to God as I know.” – Nina Simone

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