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" Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. "
" I used to say that if something happened to my mother, I wanted to die with her. That's because I loved her so much. I want to live so I can carry out the essence of what she has shown me: kindness and goodness. "
" You know, I have seven children, so I guess I know some things about life. "
" I'm concerned about how accessible guns are. "
" You can't base your life on other people's expectations. "
" I remember the beginnings of the Kurzweil reading machine. I was one of the first to meet Ray Kurzweil and purchase the reading machine in Boston. To think that the machine was at least two and a half large suitcases at the time, and now you have a camera and it takes a picture and you have sound. "
" If you don't ask, you don't get. "
" I can't say that I'm always writing in my head but I do spend a lot of time in my head writing or coming up with ideas. And what I do usually is write the music and melody and then, you know, maybe the basic idea. But when I feel that I don't have a song or just say, God, please give me another song. And I just am quiet and it happens. "
" Time is long but life is short. "
" For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I've given to the people. I want to give it to them again. "
" Blind don't mean you can't, you know, listen. "
" My mother had a rule, obviously, that I couldn't go across the street by myself, but I had to find a way of doing it. "
" I am what I am. I love me! And I don't mean that egotistically - I love that God has allowed me to take whatever it was that I had and to make something out of it. "
" I want to take all the pain that I feel and celebrate and turn it around. "
" Sometimes I wish I could drive a car, but I'm gonna drive a car one day, so I don't worry about that. "
" Do you know, it's funny, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage. "
" I do believe in women. I really do. "
" Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. "
" I've had some incredibly triumphal things happen in my life. "
" I know there are thousands of images of me. "
" The right to bear arms? What about the right to live? "
" I listen a lot to rap, and I'm inspired to take it, to use it in another way, to get the message across. "
" What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period. "
" This is like one thing that I've tried to do, and I think successfully, that when you realize that nothing really belongs to you, you begin to appreciate having an understanding of just where your head is at, and you feel so much better. "
" You know, I always when people ask me, like, what is my most favorite song, I quote Duke Ellington, when they would ask him, what's his favorite composition? And I say, I haven't written it yet. Because, you know, there are different songs for different occasions. "
" Minds ripen at very different ages. "
" Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. "
" Sometimes, I feel I am really blessed to be blind because I probably would not last a minute if I were able to see things. "
" Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. "
" I might sing a gospel song in Arabic or do something in Hebrew. I want to mix it up and do it differently than one might imagine. "
" I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. "