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Nina Simone Quotes: "Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world."

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.




Nina Simone Quotes: "I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important."

I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.



Nina Simone Quotes: "You can't help it. An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times."

You can't help it. An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.



Nina Simone Quotes: "The worst thing about that kind of prejudice... is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough."

The worst thing about that kind of prejudice... is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.




Nina Simone Quotes: "Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music."

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.



Nina Simone Quotes: "You feel the shame, humiliation, and anger at being just another victim of prejudice, and at the same time, there's the nagging worry that maybe... you're just no good."

You feel the shame, humiliation, and anger at being just another victim of prejudice, and at the same time, there's the nagging worry that maybe... you're just no good.



Nina Simone Quotes: "I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second."

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second.




Nina Simone Quotes: "I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping."

I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping.