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I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
– Little Richard
But men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money.
It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.
I don’t think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
And I don’t get down on nobody else for doing whatever else they do. To each his own.
I also like the banging piano – that old good-time piano.
I am the architect of rock n’ roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.
But I was singing loud, and most singers weren’t singing loud.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that’s not what I call rock.
Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they’ve ever been is kicked.
Some situations you cause yourself.
I think people who don’t believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn’t make?
But I’m a rock ‘n’ roll singer; that’s my livelihood, my occupation.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
I think that a man should be caring.
I did what I felt, and I felt what I did, at all costs.
I think God made a woman to be strong and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I’ve always felt this way because my mother was a very strong woman, without a husband.
God gives us the ability, but rock ‘n’ roll was created by men.
I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.
Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I’m gonna make a song that sounds like that.
I thank God for making me a man.
I’ve never gotten money from most of those records. And I made those records: In the studio, they’d just give me a bunch of words, I’d make up a song! The rhythm and everything. ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’! And I didn’t get a dime for it.