Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 - August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale. Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.
A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.
My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.
People see God every day, they just don't recognize him.
Sometimes I would almost rather people take away years of my life than take away a minute.
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.
There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you- if you don't repeat it.
There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.
We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us- not our effects on others.
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
When we swallow a little knowledge of ourselves, it becomes either good or sour inside.
When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements.
You never find yourself until you face the truth.