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" Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! "
" 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've had some incredibly triumphal things happen in my life. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" I might do something in Arabic. I might do something in Hebrew. "
" Let us come together before we're annihilated. "
" 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. "
" Minds ripen at very different ages. "
" 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. "
" God gave me life to continue to do things that I would never have done. "
" I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. "
" I listen a lot to rap, and I'm inspired to take it, to use it in another way, to get the message across. "
" You know, I have seven children, so I guess I know some things about life. "
" I guess people expect or figure me to be a lot of different things. "
" 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. "
" You can't base your life on other people's expectations. "
" For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I've given to the people. I want to give it to them again. "
" My father really was not the dominant person who raised the family, it was my mother who raised the family. "
" Of course I read Braille, yes. "
" I'm still experimenting. "
" 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. "
" Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them. "
" Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with. "
" Sometimes I wish I could drive a car, but I'm gonna drive a car one day, so I don't worry about that. "
" If you don't ask, you don't get. "
" Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. "