41 Total Quotes

Ray Charles Quotes

Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #People

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Country

There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, ''If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #New Testament

I'd like to think that when I sing a song, I can let you know all about the heartbreak, struggle, lies and kicks in the ass I've gotten over the years for being black and everything else, without actually saying a word about it.
Ray Charles
#Heartbreak

I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. All I need are clothes on my back, a decent meal, and a little loving when I feel like it. That's the bottom line.
Ray Charles
#Money #Bed

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
Ray Charles
#American Musician

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Childhood

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Music

What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room
Ray Charles
#Electricity

There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Life

I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Society

My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Man

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Learning

Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
Ray Charles
#American Musician #Honor

I loved those cats at Atlantic. They were the only record guys who never told me what to do. Ahmet (Ertegun) let me do what I wanted to do and I loved him for that.
Ray Charles
#Cats

I never considered myself part of rock 'n' roll. My stuff was more adult. It was more difficult for teenagers to relate to; my stuff was filled with more despair than anything you'd associate with rock 'n' roll. Since I couldn't see people dancing, I didn't write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style requires pure heart singing.
Ray Charles
#Teenager

[Dear B.E.: The song is] Night Time Is the Right Time, ... Ray Charles: Ultimate Hits Collection.
Ray Charles
#Night

[Georgia on his mind: After watching] Ray, ... Georgia on My Mind.
Ray Charles
#Mind

Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Records 1952-1959
Ray Charles
#Genius