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" 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. "
" 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 want to take all the pain that I feel and celebrate and turn it around. "
" 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. "
" Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. "
" 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. "
" 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 think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. "
" Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. "
Ludwig van Beethoven
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. "
" Blind don't mean you can't, you know, listen. "
" I'm concerned about how accessible guns are. "
" Where words fail, music speaks. "
Hans Christian Andersen
" Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. "
E. Y. Harburg
" I am all for stem cell research. "
Stem Cell Research
" You can't base your life on other people's expectations. "
" Time is long but life is short. "
" 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. "
" To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter. "
P. T. Barnum
" Sometimes I wish I could drive a car, but I'm gonna drive a car one day, so I don't worry about that. "
" For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I've given to the people. I want to give it to them again. "
" 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. "
" I guess people expect or figure me to be a lot of different things. "
" 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. "
" The right to bear arms? What about the right to live? "
" People can misconstrue closeness for love. "
" You know, I have seven children, so I guess I know some things about life. "