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    lena horne Quotes

    I made a promise to myself to be kinder to other people.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people 
     
    It's so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: flowers 
     
    I want to sing like Aretha Franklin. Before her I wanted the technical ability of Ella Fitzgerald.
    — Lena Horne
    It's ill-becoming for an old broad to sing about how bad she wants it. But occasionally we do.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: bad 
     
    I'm still learning, you know. At 80, I feel there is a lot I don't know.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: learning 
     
    Every color I can think of and nationality, we were all touched by Dr. King because he made us like each other and respect each other.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: respect 
     
    I learned from Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Adelaide Hall, the Nicholas Brothers, the whole thing, the whole schmear. [The Cotton Club] was a great place because it hired us, for one thing, at a time when it was really rough [for Black performers].
    — Lena Horne
    tags: time  water  black 
     
    I'm not alone, I'm free. I no longer have to be a credit, I don't have to be a symbol to anybody; I don't have to be a first to anybody.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: alone 
     
    music became my refuge and then my salvation.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: music  salvation 
     
    Malcolm X made me very strong at a time I needed to understand what I was angry about. He had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: time  peace  heart  influence  strong 
     
    A little nepotism never hurt nobody, honey. If you got it, use it. Press on with it. Remind them of it.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: hurt  honey 
     
    Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people 
     
    I found out along the way that they like you a little imperfect.
    — Lena Horne
    I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: women 
     
    You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way.
    — Lena Horne
    My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: women  identity  black 
     
    You wouldn't be allowed to get on a particular bus, but you'd be asked to sign your autograph.
    — Lena Horne
    The best thing about living... Is the chance to keep on doing it!
    — Lena Horne
    tags: chance  living 
     
    Nobody black or white who really believes in democracy can stand aside now; everybody's got to stand up and be counted.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: believe  democracy  black 
     
    I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
    — Lena Horne
    I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept. I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people  acceptance  black 
     
    Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: death  loving  afraid 
     
    The naked female body is treated so weirdly in society. It's like people are constantly begging to see it, but once they do, someone's a hoe.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people  society  body 
     
    It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. Carry it by the comfortable handles of gratitude for what's positive and that it is not worse, rather than the uncomfortable edges of bitterness for the negatives and that it is not better.
    — Lena Horne
    Count Basie isn't just a man, or even just a band. He's a way of life.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: men 
     
    Malcolm X raised my consciousness about myself and my people and other people more than any person I know. I knew him before he became Malcolm X.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people 
     
    After I got over the terrible pain of having something of mine taken from me, I began to think how bad everybody else must be feeling. It wasn't a nice time.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: time  pain  bad 
     
    I really do hate to sing.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: hate 
     
    I've seen so much. And I've heard so many great performers. There are performers now that couldn't work back in the days when I came along.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: work 
     
    I'm not a career kind of person. When I saw new music, new trends coming in, I didn't see any place for me. And I didn't think about it as a career loss, because I was married - I have a great- grandchild now. The low points were when I lost people that I really cared about.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: people  loss  lost  career  music 
     
    I had my schooling right there in the Cotton Club.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: right 
     
    50 years old is like springtime to me.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: year 
     
    In my early days I was a sepia Hedy Lamarr. Now I'm black and a woman, singing my own way.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: women  black 
     
    As much as I try, when I open my mouth, Lena comes out, And I get so mad.
    — Lena Horne
    I thought of singing and acting as a living-making. I was able to take care of myself and a few of my friends.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: thoughts  friends  care 
     
    I remember the day tDr. King died. I wasn't angry at the beginning. It was like something very personal in my life had been touched and finished.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: personal 
     
    I was lucky, as many of my generation was, in having a man like Dr. King in our lives. He came at a time that we needed to take a long look at each other and see how similar we were.
    — Lena Horne
    tags: time  men  live 
     
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