Ray Charles Quotes


Music is my life professionally for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.

I cant retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver. Youd have to remove the music from me surgically"?like you were taking out my appendix.

The role of the designer is basically that of a good host anticipating the needs of the guest.

Many times during auditions I was told that I couldn't carry a note with a bucket and that I sure couldn't play the piano.

Live each day like it's your last 'cause one day you gonna be right

Art Tatum -- he was a genius. And Einstein not me.

Music is powerful. As people listen to it they can be affected. They respond.

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.

[On his heroin addiction:] 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.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and tears are only rain to make love grow.

Don't go backwards - you've already been there.

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.

Music is about the only thing left that people don't fight over.

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.

I heard someone say that all black people got rhythm. Bullshit.

Music is the chalk to the blackboard of life. Without it everything is a blank slate

People couldn't understand why my mama would have this blind kid out doing things like cutting wood for the fire. But her thing was: He may be blind but he ain't stupid.

Dreams if they're any good are always a little bit crazy.

Rhythm and blues used to be called race music. ... This music was going on for years but nobody paid any attention to it.

If you can play the blues you can do anything.

All my life I've always been so blue born to lose and now I'm losing you.

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.

I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay a big stack of bills that gets bigger each day.

Just like you can buy grades of silk you can buy grades of justice.

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.

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

My mom taught me a lot. A lot about minding your own business and leaving other people's business alone. And let them think what they want.

Music to me is just like breathing. I have to have it. It's part of me.

Music to me is like breathing. I don't get tired of breathing I don't get tired of music.

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

Learning to read music in Braille & play by ear helped me develop a [very] good memory.

I was born with music inside me

Sighted people you gotta deal with them.

Before I begin let me say right here and now that I'm a country boy. And man I mean the real backwoods! That's at the start of the start of the thing and that's at the heart of the thing.

What I've got to live up to is being myself. If I do that the rest will take care of itself.

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.'

I don't think any of us really knows why we're here. But I think we're supposed to believe we're here for a purpose.

Even though I'm not Jewish...Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting.

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

I had to pawn my clothes just to pay my rent.

There's such a thing as too much happiness and sadness. What I'm after is contentment.

I never said I was a genius. I never said I was a cornerstone. I've never said I'm a legend in my own time. You never heard me say nothing like that.

Goodbye don't mean gone.

Drunken talk isn't meant to be printed in the paper.

It's like Duke Ellington said there are only two kinds of music - good and bad. And you can tell when something is good.

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

Other arms reach out to me Other eyes smile tenderly Still in peaceful dreams I see The road leads back to you.

Sometimes my dreams are so deep that I dream that I'm dreaming.

There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First we're here to explore new possibilities.

I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of

Any artist when he goes in to record should have the feeling that any song he records can be a hit. This may sound egotistical but it makes sense.

What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is but it's a force that can light a room.

To me music is entertainment - what else can it be? In fact it's the only language I know of that's universal.

I really feel that if you're gonna be good you gotta practice... Practice whatever the hell you do.

I set my own rhythm and it was usually a little faster than other people's.

I think that most great artists who are extremely known as I am would intimidate a lot of people. I don't want to do that to people but I know I do.

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

If somebody don't like something that I do that's his or her prerogative. Just like it's mine.

The important thing is to feel your music really feel it and believe it.

Just because you can't see anything doesn't mean you should shut your eyes.

Hit the road Jack don'tcha come back no more no more no more no more. Hit the road Jack don'tcha come back no more.

I just want to make my mark leave something musically good behind.

Nowadays they say you need a special chip to put in the TV so kids can't watch this and that. In my day we didn't need a chip. My mom was the chip. End of story.

Now Listen You know I work so hard all day long Everything I try to do Seem to always turn out wrong That's why I wanna stop by on my way home and say Let's go get stoned

Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically.

I always stay out of the rehearsal room you know when they first come in. Then once they had chance to play a little bit then I walk in. Because I've seen guys fall apart.

I don't sing a song unless I feel it. The song don't tug at my heart I pass on it. I have to believe in what I'm doing.

I sing what I sing true. Each night I sing it the way I feel that night.