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Everybody needs somebody.
– Mahalia Jackson
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
When you are through with the blues, you’ve got nothing to rest on.
The old Devil gets mad when you’re trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
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.
If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
Without a song, each day would be a century.
How can you sing of amazing grace and all God’s wonders without using your hands?
When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what’s wrong.
The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
The Lord doesn’t like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.
I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
You’re blessed if you have the strength to work.
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
I’ll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that’s what the jazz experts say.
My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
Money just draws flies.
Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
They thought I was a success as soon as I started paying the bills.
Sometimes you ask God for something and you don’t know what you’re asking.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don’t talk skin to me.