"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."
"... 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
"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."
"Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be
as civilized as possible in daily life."
"We must change the system of education and instruction. Unfortunately,
history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when
it should be natural."
"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."
"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?"
"I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die."
"I'm not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms,
two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that."
"The white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks."
"Art is an elastic sort of love."
"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."
"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."
"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."
- Josephine, speaking at the '63 March on Washington
"Salt and pepper. Just what it should be."
- Josephine, looking over the crowd at the 1963 March
"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."
"I think they must mix blood, otherwise the human race is bound
to degenerate. Mixing blood is marvelous. It makes strong and
intelligent men. It takes away tired spirits."
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