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" You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. "
Believe In Yourself
" I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin, so I find it really hard to identify someone by saying that they're a gay person or a black person or a Jewish person. "
" With the Supremes I made so much money so fast all I wanted to do was buy clothes and pretty things. Now I'm comfortable with money and it's comfortable with me. "
" The first time I heard a Billie Holiday record, I thought, 'What's so great about Billie Holiday?' "
" It has always been, and still is, my intention to build a playground in Central Park. "
" I want an autobiography without revealing any personal information. "
" I was brought up in this part of Detroit that they used to call the ghetto. "
" My father worked hard, but we were still very poor; and I didn't want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer - the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn't want there to be any problems. "
" My children come first and the career comes in around that. "
" It takes a long time to get to be a diva. I mean, you gotta work at it. "
" Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then. "
" Icon. What is an icon? When someone is iconic it means they have established a certain kind of legacy possibly, and I think it does come with time. It's something in the arts, I feel. Maybe not, maybe it doesn't have to be in the arts exactly. I'm not really sure. But I don't think you are born an icon. "
" I even thought of adopting a child as a single mother. "
" People don't know about the human part of me that really cares about the world. For instance, I don't know what I feel about wearing my furs anymore. I worked so hard to have a fur coat, and I don't want to wear it anymore because I'm so wrapped up in the animals. I have real deep thoughts about it because I care about the world and nature. "
" I don't get fat, I get skinny. "
" I keep a great organiser, I try to keep my priorities in the right place. "
" I don't think getting in and out of a limousine has anything to do with being an icon. "
" I majored in fashion design in school, and I have always wanted to design my own line of clothing, jewelry, and stuff like that; so this was just a step for me in that direction. "
" Years ago I wanted to buy an apartment in New York City. I was a single female - I had gone through my divorce - I had three children, I was in show business and black. It was, like, impossible. "
" I have never gotten into the label thing. "
" You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. "
" I'm a dreamer. "
" I'm a parent, and I try to take care of my health and keep my life in order. In the last few years I've really had to decide what's important to me, and it seems to me that my family and my health are top on the list. And those have nothing to do with show business. "
" I try to choose the songs that really are basically coming from my heart. I think that through the songs that I select, people know what's going on in my life. "
" I listen to most everything that's out there because I need to stay aware of what's happening in the industry. "
" I know that my fans want to know who I'm sleeping with, but it's really none of their business. "
" You see, I've never really studied acting. "
" I think that if my voice for some reason changes - because your voice does change - then it's time for me not to sing. "
" I'm not really a songwriter - I'm an interpreter. So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart. "
" They tell me that it will be hard to find a man strong enough to love my own strength and independence, and not worry about being Mr. Diana Ross, but I disagree. I know absolutely that that man is somewhere out there. "
" My travels led me to where I am today. Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunites. "