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" The house where I grew up in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles was like a dream - even though my family faced threats after my father bought it in August 1948. "
" One of these days, I'd like to put together a revue of all my music, which would probably turn into a marathon. There's a couple of hit songs from almost every phase of my career. At the same time, visually, if you don't handle it properly, it could be a cacophony of craziness, because there's just so many different kinds of music. "
" I continually acted up to get attention. My father gave me that, and once he left, I felt that I didn't have any. "
" I like to grow and experiment, and as an artist, it's about kicking the bar up a little. "
" I would never do an album with 10 songs like 'Jump Start' on it. I'll only go so far to please fans. "
" We used to have to arrange things around the dialysis. I would have to plan where to play so I could be back in time, and couldn't go too far. "
" As kids, we had no clue about the racial stuff that seemed to preoccupy adults. We just enjoyed our life as kids. "
" I would hate to look back on my life and go, 'You know, I wanted to do a rock n' roll album. I should have, and I never did.' "
" You shouldn't have regrets. I'd say instead that I've learned a lot of lessons. Yes, I could have handled some things better. But they've also made me who I am today. "
" Life is such a gift, I just say thank you all day. "
" I have been to hell and back. I have seen the edge. I have seen the dark side of life. "
" I've always loved Spanish. I love my father's Spanish records. "
" My father led by example. He wasn't much of a talker - he walked life. "
" I'm a born-again Christian. I was raised Episcopalian - I've always been of a Christian faith, but I became much more active in it when I married my first husband, Marvin. I changed from Episcopalian to Baptist. "
" I think people hear the warmth in my voice and the friendliness, and they think: 'Oh, she must be a very nice person'. "
" We have to stop rewarding bad behavior. "
" People said when I started, 'Why don't you just copy your father's style?' I had to be myself, singing my songs in my own way. "
" I've always been interested in the office. I was a secretary a long time ago, and I've always been into paperwork. My first secretarial job was 1965 or 1966. "
" By the time I approached my forties, I had the self-assurance to approach all the genres I love so deeply: R & B, rock, jazz, and pop. "
" We are born with two kidneys and only need one to survive. Maybe God gave us the other one so that we could give it away. "
" When I did 'Unforgettable,' it wasn't appropriate for us to take liberties with that music. There had to be kind of a fine line between what had made it so great and the fact that a woman was singing it. We changed some of the arrangements, but not too much. "
" I managed to survive the worst things any entertainer could possibly go through. "
" When you have put all your faith in man and continue to be disappointed, don't you hope there is something out of there that is not of human element? "
" Even when I had no money, I spent everything I had on clothes. "
" It's the same girl-who-has-everything story. You know, the one where she's insecure and scared and unhappy and has marriage problems and doesn't know how to handle stardom and screws up right and left and gets in with the wrong people and goes down the drain. "
" I think that I sound a lot better than Diana Ross. "
" I've had my share of doing things that I really wish I hadn't done. "
" God surrounded me with people of faith, people of strong faith, people of power, spiritual power, and I saw little miracles happen in their lives. By it happening in their lives, I started believing it could happen to me. "
" There are some great human beings out there. That's all I can say. "
" I can laugh at myself because I've had to. Everything would have been much worse if I'd been the singing son of Nat 'King' Cole. "
" I love what I do so much. I just keep going. Not much can bring me down. "