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I could not run away from the situation. I had become, whether I liked it or not, a symbol, representing my people. I had to appear.
​Marian Anderson


I forgave the DAR many years ago. You lose a lot of time hating people.
Marian Anderson


Sometimes, it's like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating.
Marian Anderson


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
Marian Anderson


I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in ming that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.
Marian Anderson


I hadn't set out to change the world in any way. Whatever I am, it is a culmination of the goodwill of people who, regardless of anything else, saw me as I am, and not as somebody else.
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Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson


The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
Marian Anderson


There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you.
Marian Anderson


Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
Marian Anderson


None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
Marian Anderson


It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn't have this and I didn't have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered.
Marian Anderson


I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.
Marian Anderson


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
Marian Anderson


No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
Marian Anderson


When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether.
Marian Anderson


Every one has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.
Marian Anderson


I do not have to tell you that I dearly love the Negro spirituals. They are the unburdenings of the sorrows of an entire race, which, finding scant happiness on earth, turns to the future for its joys.
Marian Anderson


Prayer begins where human capacity ends. 
​Marian Anderson


A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.
Marian Anderson


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
Marian Anderson


Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
Marian Anderson


I forgave the DAR many years ago. You lose a lot of time hating people.
Marian Anderson


I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.
Marian Anderson


I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in ming that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.
Marian Anderson


Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson


None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
Marian Anderson


Prayer begins where human capacity ends.
Marian Anderson


Prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating.
Marian Anderson


The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
Marian Anderson


There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you.
Marian Anderson


When I sing, I don't want them to see that my face is black. I don't want them to see that my face is white. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless.
Marian Anderson


When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether.
Marian Anderson


You lose a lot of time, hating people.
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