Nina Simone Quotes

Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home... view

By: Nina Simone

I'm a real rebel with a cause... view

By: Nina Simone

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second... view

By: Nina Simone

I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel... view

By: Nina Simone

I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too, because the economic situation around the world is not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever... view

By: Nina Simone

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.. view

By: Nina Simone

I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going... view

By: Nina Simone

I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping... view

By: Nina Simone

From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black man to touch a white woman... view

By: Nina Simone

Desegregation is a joke... view

By: Nina Simone

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music... view

By: Nina Simone

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... view

By: Nina Simone

When I was studying... there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist... view

By: Nina Simone

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... view

By: Nina Simone

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking... view

By: Nina Simone

The worst thing about that kind of 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... view

By: Nina Simone

There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were... view

By: Nina Simone

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music... view

By: Nina Simone

This may be a dream, but I'll say it anyway: I was supposed to be married last year, and I bought a gown. When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown and have the train of it removed and put aside, and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet... view

By: Nina Simone