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Mahalia Jackson Quotes


An African-American gospel singer.
(1911 - 1972)

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Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
[Blues]
 

Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.
 

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
[Blues]
 

Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
 

Everybody needs somebody.
 

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
 

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.
 

How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
 

I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
 

I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
 

I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
 

I'll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
 

If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
 

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
 

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.
 

Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.
 

Money just draws flies.
 

My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
 

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
 


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