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" I've had some incredibly triumphal things happen in my life. "
" If you don't ask, you don't get. "
" I do believe in women. I really do. "
" 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. "
" Minds ripen at very different ages. "
" You know, I have seven children, so I guess I know some things about life. "
" I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. "
" 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. "
" Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. "
" Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with. "
" Blind don't mean you can't, you know, listen. "
" People can misconstrue closeness for love. "
" 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. "
" You can't base your life on other people's expectations. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My father really was not the dominant person who raised the family, it was my mother who raised the family. "
" When I was a child, kids used to make fun of me because I was blind. But I just became more curious, 'How can I climb this tree and get an apple for this girl?' That's what mattered to me. "
" I've had threats. "
" I want to take all the pain that I feel and celebrate and turn it around. "
" Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them. "
" For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I've given to the people. I want to give it to them again. "
" First of all, I'm no better than the next person. "
" Of course I read Braille, yes. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I am all for anything that is going to better equip a person who is physically challenged in any way, to have an opportunity to be able to do what they are able to do. "
" Eyes lie if you ever look into them for the character of the person. "
" 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. "
" I am all for stem cell research. "
Stem Cell Research
" I might do something in Arabic. I might do something in Hebrew. "