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  • Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
  • The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts.
  • All men can live together, if they wish to.
  • I improvised, crazed by the music… Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.
  • I believe in prayer. It’s the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.
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  • I believe if the white and colored people could get together and be let alone, they would understand each other and consequently love each other.
  • Beautiful? It’s all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest… beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.
  • I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.
  • I spent 30 minutes each morning rubbing my body with half a lemon to lighten my skin.
  • Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life.
  • It [the Eiffel Tower] looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty?
  • I did take the blows [of life], but I took them with my chin up, in dignity, because I so profoundly love and respect humanity.
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  • I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die.
  • The white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks.
  • Until the March on Washington, I always had this little feeling in my stomach. I was always afraid. I couldn’t meet white American people. I didn’t want to be around them. But now that little gnawing feeling is gone. For the first time in my life I feel free. I know that everything is right now.
  • Art is an elastic sort of love.
  • My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose... Africa... but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race... in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.
  • One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black. It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States… A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore… I felt liberated in Paris.
  • One dance had made me the most famous colored woman in the world.
  • I am tired of that artificial life. The work of being a star disgusts me now. All the intrigues which surround the star disgust me… I want to work three or four more years and then quit the stage. I’ll go live in Italy or the South of France. I will get married, as simply as possible. I will have children, and many animals. I love them. I want to live in peace surrounded by children and animals. But if one of my children wanted to go onstage in the music hall, I would strangle it with my own two hands.
  • I’m not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that.
  • The old Catholic parties hounded me with a Christian hatred from station to station, city to city, one stage to another.
  • You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can't go wrong. The world is behind you.
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  • We must change the system of education and instruction. Unfortunately, history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when it should be natural.
  • A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.
  • I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.
  • I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on.
  • He was my cream, and I was his coffee - And when you poured us together, it was something.
  • I shall dance all my life. . . . I would like to die, breathless, spent, at the end of a dance.
  • I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too.
  • Is that what they call a vocation, what you do with joy as if you had fire in your heart, the devil in your body?
  • I remember when Lindbergh arrived in Paris, I was one of the first persons to know about his landing, because as the French people know that I was born in St. Louis, thinking I would be very proud to announce it to the public, they gave me the news first. I was then starring in the 'Folies Bergere.
  • My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose... Africa... but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race... in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.
  • The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.
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  • It looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty, the freedom to go where one chose if one was held back by one's color? No, I preferred the Eiffel Tower, which made no promises." ~ Josephine Baker, once she had seen the Eiffel Tower.
  • When I was a child and they burned me out of my home, I was frightened and I ran away. Eventually I ran far away. It was to a place called France. Many of you have been there, and many have not. But I must tell you, ladies and gentlemen, in that country I never feared. It was like a fairyland place.
  • We’ve got to show that blacks and whites are treated equally in the army. Otherwise, what’s the point of waging war on Hitler?
  • The hate directed against the colored people here in St. Louis has always given me a sad feeling... How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do?
  • I have never really been a great artist. I have been a human being that has loved art, which is not the same thing. But I have loved and believed in art and the idea of universal brotherhood so much, that I have put everything I have into them, and I have been blessed.
  • The hate directed against the colored people here in St. Louis has always given me a sad feeling because when I was a little girl I remember the horror of the East St. Louis race riot.
  • Americans, the eyes of the world are upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your colored brothers as you do?
  • I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.
  • All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice.
  • God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers.
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  • Friends, to me for years St. Louis represented a city of fear... humiliation... misery and terror... A city where in the eyes of the white man a Negro should know his place and had better stay in it.
  • Let us stop saying 'white Americans' and 'colored Americans,' let us try once and for all saying... Americans. Let human beings be equal on Earth as in Heaven.
  • You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.
  • I ran away from home. I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States of America, because of that terror of discrimination, that horrible beast which paralyzes one's very soul and body.