Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that's why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that's why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.
You push the TRUTH off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the TRUTH under water, but it will not drown. You can place the TRUTH in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the TRUTH beneath the ground, but it will arise. TRUTH always prevails!
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
But there was a sense of something tipping out of balance. The times seemed out of joint. There was too much decadence. Too much intensity. Too much change. Too much happiness juxtaposed with too much misery. Too much wealth next to too much poverty. The world was becoming faster and louder, and the social systems were becoming as chaotic and fragmented as jazz scores. So there was a craving, in some places, for simplicity, for order, for scapegoats and for bully-boy leaders, for nations to become like religions or cults. It happened every now and then. It seemed, in the 1930s, that the whole course of humanity was at stake. As it very often does today. Too many people wanted to find an easy answer to complicated questions. It was a dangerous time to be human. To feel or to think or to care.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
I have followed my instincts many times when I have been looking for things that I could not see, and faith that they would be revealed with time has always been rewarded.
You got to insist on your success, resist every obstacle and persist in times of difficulty and you will get there.
In times of trouble, trust in God!
Some people say they have 20 years experience, when in reality, they have 1 year's experience repeated 20 times. (Stephen M R Covey to Richie Norton when Norton asked if he was too young to train older executives for Covey.)
Time goes through all times.
God is the greatest Teacher of all times.
Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.
I like to read the 'Financial Times' when I'm traveling. 'Economist.' 'Ad Busters.'
I do believe that I'm an addict on one level or another at all times.
My favorite Prince album is 'Sign o' the Times.'
I did the Ed Sullivan show four times. I did the Steve Allen show. I did the Jackie Gleason show.
Spying has always gone on since ancient times.
I've done the Kennedy Center many times. I've sang for Marian Anderson. I've sang for Marion Williams. I've sang for Lionel Hampton.
Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.
I was arrested three times and tortured once.