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All Quotes by author - Mary J. Blige
" As a child I always wanted to be a singer. The music my mother played in the house moved me - Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mahalia Jackson. It was truly spiritual. It made you understand what God was. We are all spirits. We get depressed. But music makes you want to live. I know my music has saved my life. "
" As a kid, I dreamed about being onstage. "
" As a kid, I was in love with Michael Jackson, and I just knew I was going to marry him someday. "
" As long as I live, I know I'll have feelings. And that's what I'm passionate about. "
" Believe in yourself when nobody else does. "
Believe In Yourself
" By the time I was a teenager, when I went outside the house, it was about hip-hop all the time. Nothing but hip-hop, block parties. "
" Don't give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don't stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don't ever say it'll never happen or it'll never happen. "
" Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free. "
" Everything is scary if you look at it. So you just got to live. "
" For the first time in my life, I'm proud of myself. "
" From being a little girl in the projects, going through all of the mess that I was going through, to ending up at the Inauguration for the first African-American president, I'm speechless right now because I never thought I'd - I never ever - I couldn't even see that far. Even when I ended up in the music business, I couldn't see that. "
" God comes first - if I don't love him, I can't love anybody, and if I can't love me I can't love nobody. "
" Growing up, I was the preferred hairstylist for all of my friends. "
" I always want to be a messenger, a person that, you know, that's not afraid to pass on wisdom. "
" I barely have time for my own children. To adopt more children and not have time for them, that would be poor parenting on my part. "
" I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do for me in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in The Word. And it worked. "
" I believe there are certain things that God uses to get us out of a bad situation, and I believe music was one of the things he used for me. "
" I believe there should be no more drama, but it's everywhere you go. It's just about how you get out. You've gotta bob and weave because it's everywhere. How do I keep the drama low? It's about using your head. "
" I believe this generation should know their history and they should know that the struggle's not over yet. "
" I can go out raw with nothing, and my fans would still be happy, but I feel that I owe it to them to give them almost like a Broadway musical at this point in my life. I have to give them something more, so I do have to think of different ways to do it. "
" I can have as many bad days as anyone. But I choose to say, 'I'm just fine.' "
" I cannot save the world; that's not what I'm trying to do. I guess I'm just trying to walk the walk and be an example to those that want it. Not everybody does, but if Mary J. Blige can come out of that same hole you were in, then you can do it, too - that's my goal: to do that without saying it, but actually live it. "
You Can Do It
" I can see the music. I know what it looks like. I know what color it is. The words come easy, the tears come easy, and the joy comes easy. The music tells you what to do. "
" I can tell you I didn't feel good when I could not articulate properly. Getting my GED was important and I want other women to feel that. "
" I can't just make a song people can dance in a club to... it still has to be real. "
" I care about me now. When I didn't care about me, I was, like, 'Why is this going wrong? Why is my life so bad?' But when you don't care about yourself, nobody else is going to care about you. So I learned to love myself, even if nobody else does. "
" I didn't know how to show my self love, and I didn't want anyone else to hurt me. So my tough girl attitude was like, 'I'm not having it.' "
" I didn't never have to go to a therapist. I just always put it in a song and you heard me. "
" I do consider myself part of black history. "
" I don't have any health problems, but to keep your health improves your quality of life. "
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