29 Total Quotes

Nina Simone Quotes

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Jazz

Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking. . . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things -- all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.
Nina Simone
#Jazz

The worst thing about that kind of prejudice... is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Hurt

I do not believe in mixing of the races. You can quote me. I don't believe in it, and I never have. I've never changed. I've never changed my hair. I've never changed my color, I have always been proud of myself, and my fans are proud of me for remaining the way I've always been. I married a white man one time, but he was a creep.
Nina Simone
#Believe

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Jazz

I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

I'm a real rebel with a cause.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

I am particular about the seating of the audience-also about how much money they pay-but most of all where they are seated. If I am going to sing something intimate, who am I going to sing it to?
Nina Simone
#Money

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat-a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Man

There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black man to touch a white woman.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too, because the economic situation around the world is not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

With all the bombings going on, and the terrorism, I don't like it at all. It frightens me. I like being in the South of France. It is very beautiful, and we work very hard to keep it that way. We have a huge garden bearing fruit for the winter: peaches, grapes, strawberries, and raspberries.
Nina Simone
#Terrorism

I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

This may be a dream, but I'll say it anyway: I was supposed to be married last year, and I bought a gown. When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown and have the train of it removed and put aside, and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

I think the rich are too rich and the poor are too poor. I don't think the black people are going to rise at all; I think most of them are going to die.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
Nina Simone
#American Musician

When I was studying... there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Choices

Desegregation is a joke.
Nina Simone
#American Musician #Joke

How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?
Nina Simone
#Poetry