Abbey Lincoln quotes

  • The best thing you can do is to be a woman and stand before the world and speak your heart.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Heart #World #Speak

  • I don't have to lay on the couch and see a therapist because my therapist is in my paint brushes.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Paint #Therapists #Couches

  • There are men and women still on the streets, and that's all they are saying Can you spare a quarter? I come from a crowd of people who were current on the outlook on life, who were social and knew where they were and had some input into how things seemed to be.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Men #People #Input

  • It's a spirit that was given me and the relationships and meeting all these great people, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong; through Max I met a lot of people too. My first album was with Benny Carter.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #People #Firsts #Dukes

  • I was looking for the people who were making the music inside the cabinet. I would look in there and see if I could find somebody who was making all this wonderful music.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #People #Looks #Cabinets

  • But I've been there and done that. I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody, and if somebody wants me to come, if they can afford what I ask, it's not as much as Madonna makes; not that I want what Madonna makes, but I was saying.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Trying #Done #Want

  • We have inherited a great music. This music is a holdover. It comes with us like the skin, the texture of our hair. It's our memory banks.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Memories #Hair #Skins

  • I was in New York, miserable because I was working supper clubs but I wasn't expressing myself. I was really unhappy with my life. I saw Max Roach again and he told me I didn't have to do things like that. He made me an honest woman on the stage. I have been performing in that tradition since. I feel that I'm a serious performer now whereas then I wanted to be but I didn't know how.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Music #New York #Unhappy

  • I think that's what really a substantial work is, it's forever. It's the truth now and it was the truth then, and it will be the truth tomorrow.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Music #Thinking #Forever

  • I am the first instrument. I am the voice. I do not imitate other instruments. Other instruments imitate me.
    -- Abbey Lincoln

    #Music #Voice #Singing