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" You can't base your life on other people's expectations. "
" Eyes lie if you ever look into them for the character of the person. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes I wish I could drive a car, but I'm gonna drive a car one day, so I don't worry about that. "
" I've had some incredibly triumphal things happen in my life. "
" 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 do believe in women. I really do. "
" You know, I have seven children, so I guess I know some things about life. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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've had threats. "
" Of course I read Braille, yes. "
" Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with. "
" 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. "
" For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I've given to the people. I want to give it to them again. "
" 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. "
" First of all, I'm no better than the next person. "
" I am all for stem cell research. "
Stem Cell Research
" I know there are thousands of images of me. "
" I'm still experimenting. "
" Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. "
" The right to bear arms? What about the right to live? "
" My father really was not the dominant person who raised the family, it was my mother who raised the family. "
" 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. "
" People can misconstrue closeness for love. "
" Time is long but life is short. "
" 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. "