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Mahalia Jackson quotes (33)

Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
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Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help.
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Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.
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Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
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Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
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Everybody needs somebody.
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Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
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God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
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Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
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How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
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I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
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I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
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I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
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I'll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
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If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
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If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
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It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing, that's the Lord's test.
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Money just draws flies.
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My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
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One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
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Put your mind on the gospel. And remember - there's one God for all.
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Sometimes you ask God for something and you don't know what you're asking.
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The Lord doesn't like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.
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The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
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The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
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The trouble with records is that they're too short.
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They thought I was a success as soon as I started paying the bills.
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This is the place to see the stars - Hollywood Bowl.
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Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
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When you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.
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When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
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Without a song, each day would be a century.
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You're blessed if you have the strength to work.
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