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" Criticism, even when you try to ignore it, can hurt. I have cried over many articles written about me, but I move on and I don't hold on to that . "
" When we first began, we didn't have any hits. "
" The first time I heard a Billie Holiday record, I thought, 'What's so great about Billie Holiday?' "
" My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches,' but in fact, the Rosses were never raggedy. "
" If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains. "
" I learned something from that. If someone asks me something that I really don't want to do, I say no. I have to trust that. And I'm not afraid to talk money. "
" I'm not really a songwriter - I'm an interpreter. So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart. "
" I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin, so I find it really hard to identify someone by saying that they're a gay person or a black person or a Jewish person. "
" My father worked hard, but we were still very poor; and I didn't want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer - the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn't want there to be any problems. "
" I don't get fat, I get skinny. "
" Years ago I wanted to buy an apartment in New York City. I was a single female - I had gone through my divorce - I had three children, I was in show business and black. It was, like, impossible. "
" One thing you cannot control is nature. "
" It's the first time I have returned to my roots - like going back to be a trio. The fans really wanted me to go back on stage and do the Supremes music, so I went about trying to make it happen. We'll go on tour in the summer. "
Make It Happen
" I think that if my voice for some reason changes - because your voice does change - then it's time for me not to sing. "
" People don't know about the human part of me that really cares about the world. For instance, I don't know what I feel about wearing my furs anymore. I worked so hard to have a fur coat, and I don't want to wear it anymore because I'm so wrapped up in the animals. I have real deep thoughts about it because I care about the world and nature. "
" My family called me a wiggle tail because I was a little skinny, wiry kid full of energy. "
" Icon. What is an icon? When someone is iconic it means they have established a certain kind of legacy possibly, and I think it does come with time. It's something in the arts, I feel. Maybe not, maybe it doesn't have to be in the arts exactly. I'm not really sure. But I don't think you are born an icon. "
" You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. "
Believe In Yourself
" So I'm not worried about the emotions I carry with me, because I'm happy that I have them; I think it's good for the work I do. The emotions that are not healthy are the ones you hold inside, like anger. "
" They tell me that it will be hard to find a man strong enough to love my own strength and independence, and not worry about being Mr. Diana Ross, but I disagree. I know absolutely that that man is somewhere out there. "
" No, nothing really upsets me. "
" I look forward to the future - and going into the studio to make new music. "
" I don't think getting in and out of a limousine has anything to do with being an icon. "
" I just appreciate still having the longevity that I've had in my career. "
" I think a responsibility comes with notoriety, but I never think of it as power. It's more like something you hold, like grains of sand. If you keep your hand closed, you can have it and possess it, but if you open your fingers in any way, you can lose it just as quickly. "
" I try to choose the songs that really are basically coming from my heart. I think that through the songs that I select, people know what's going on in my life. "
" I want an autobiography without revealing any personal information. "
" I have never gotten into the label thing. "
" I was looking at making a shift in my career. I've been so blessed I'd like to be able to give that back. If I could find young artists, young performers I can nurture to have a career I would really like that. "
" I'm a dreamer. "
" Being a parent is very important to me. "