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Quotes of the day: Ray Charles

Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 9:33 PM EDT
Sep 22 2015

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius" and was nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul" (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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.

Do it right or don't do it at all.

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

Goodbye don't mean gone.

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

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

I'm not Catholic or Presbyterian or Baptist or Methodist or Jewish or Muslim. I'm none of those things. And I'm sure that's just fine with God.

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

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.'

There's nothing written in the Bible... that says if you believe in me, you ain't going to have no troubles.

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.

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.

You better live each day like it's your last day, because one day you're going to be right.

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.


(September 23 is also the birthday of Walter Lippman.)

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