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26 Great Quotes By James McBride That Will Strike The Right Chords

Famous As: American Writer and Musician
Born On: September 11, 1957
Born In: New York City, New York, US
Age: 65 Years
James McBride is a renowned American musician and writer. Although he had a troubled childhood where he indulged in drug abuse and petty thievery, music came to his rescue and helped him in reforming. During the early days of his career, he worked as a staff writer for various renowned publications. This helped him further contribute significantly to some famous magazines. During this period he published his memoir ‘The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother’ which portrayed his relationship with his mother. This book became an international bestseller and was translated into more than 16 languages. This encouraged him to further write fictional novels which were critically appreciated. His book ‘Miracle at St Anna’ became so famous that its story was adapted into a movie with the same title. While tasting success as a writer he even played the saxophone with renowned jazz singers. His passion for music paved way for him to own a band and also become a lyricist. His versatility got him various awards for both music and writing including the ‘American Arts and Letters Richard Rogers Award’. We bring to you a collection of thoughts and quotes by this multi-faceted artist. These sayings and quotations by James McBride have been curated from his writings, songs, books, work, interviews and life.
God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color.

God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color.

James McBride
I asked her if I was black or white. She replied

I asked her if I was black or white. She replied "You are a human being. Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!

James McBride
Whatever he believed, he believed. It didn’t matter to him whether it was really true or not. He just changed the truth till it fit him. He was a real white man.

Whatever he believed, he believed. It didn’t matter to him whether it was really true or not. He just changed the truth till it fit him. He was a real white man.

James McBride
He was like everybody in war. He believed God was on his side. Everybody got God on their side in a war. Problem is, God ain’t tellin’ nobody who He’s for.

He was like everybody in war. He believed God was on his side. Everybody got God on their side in a war. Problem is, God ain’t tellin’ nobody who He’s for.

James McBride
See, a marriege needs love. And God. And a little money. That's all.

See, a marriege needs love. And God. And a little money. That's all.

James McBride
Whatever you is, Onion,

Whatever you is, Onion," he said, "be it full.

James McBride
God gived you the seed. But the watering and caring of that seed is up to you.

God gived you the seed. But the watering and caring of that seed is up to you.

James McBride
There ain't no time for foolishness now. You in it now. You got to stay in it.

There ain't no time for foolishness now. You in it now. You got to stay in it.

James McBride
Sometimes it seemed like the truth was a bandy-legged soul who dashed from one side of the world to the other and I could never find him.

Sometimes it seemed like the truth was a bandy-legged soul who dashed from one side of the world to the other and I could never find him.

James McBride
...for one thing you learns when you is a girl is that most women's hearts is full of secrets.

...for one thing you learns when you is a girl is that most women's hearts is full of secrets.

James McBride
I was ashamed of my mother, but see, love didn't come natural to me until I became a Christian.- Ruth McBride

I was ashamed of my mother, but see, love didn't come natural to me until I became a Christian.- Ruth McBride

James McBride
I come to the understanding that maybe what was on the inside was more important, and that your outer covering didn't count so much as folks thought it did, colored or white, man or woman.

I come to the understanding that maybe what was on the inside was more important, and that your outer covering didn't count so much as folks thought it did, colored or white, man or woman.

James McBride
This is what happens when a boy becomes a man. You get stupider.

This is what happens when a boy becomes a man. You get stupider.

James McBride
The man was the finest preacher. He could make a frog stand up straight and get happy with Jesus.

The man was the finest preacher. He could make a frog stand up straight and get happy with Jesus.

James McBride
And when James asked what color God was, she said, God is the color of water.

And when James asked what color God was, she said, God is the color of water.

James McBride
You could see him coming from a distance, appearing out of nowhere like an angel, his silhouette seeming to rise from the ground in the simmering heat . . .

You could see him coming from a distance, appearing out of nowhere like an angel, his silhouette seeming to rise from the ground in the simmering heat . . .

James McBride
The enemy was irony and truth and hypocrisy, that was the real enemy. That was the enemy that was killing him.

The enemy was irony and truth and hypocrisy, that was the real enemy. That was the enemy that was killing him.

James McBride
But at the end of the day, there are some questions that have no answers, and then one answer that has no question: love rules the game. Every time. All the time. That’s what counts.

But at the end of the day, there are some questions that have no answers, and then one answer that has no question: love rules the game. Every time. All the time. That’s what counts.

James McBride
She wore a flowered blue dress of the type whores naturally favored, and that thing was so tight that when she moved, the daisies got all mixed up with the azaleas. She walked like a warm room full of smoke.

She wore a flowered blue dress of the type whores naturally favored, and that thing was so tight that when she moved, the daisies got all mixed up with the azaleas. She walked like a warm room full of smoke.

James McBride
You have to choose between what the world expects of you and what you want for yourself,” my sister Jack told me several times. “Put yourself in God’s hands and you can’t go wrong.

You have to choose between what the world expects of you and what you want for yourself,” my sister Jack told me several times. “Put yourself in God’s hands and you can’t go wrong.

James McBride
Writer or a musician, not knowing that it was possible

Writer or a musician, not knowing that it was possible

James McBride
They’ll pull the trigger and tell the hammer to hurry.

They’ll pull the trigger and tell the hammer to hurry.

James McBride
...but all your 'sorrys' are gone when a person dies... That's why you have to say all your 'sorrys' and 'I love yous' while a person is living, because tomorrow isn't promised.

...but all your 'sorrys' are gone when a person dies... That's why you have to say all your 'sorrys' and 'I love yous' while a person is living, because tomorrow isn't promised.

James McBride
Not a week after Annie put her foot in Mrs. Huffmaster's duff, the Captain upped and laid down the date.

Not a week after Annie put her foot in Mrs. Huffmaster's duff, the Captain upped and laid down the date.

James McBride
I always felt that way about the South, that beneath the smiles and southern hospitality and politeness were a lot of guns and liquor and secrets.

I always felt that way about the South, that beneath the smiles and southern hospitality and politeness were a lot of guns and liquor and secrets.

James McBride
The Negro comes in many colors. Dark. Black. Blacker. Blackest. Blacker than night. Black as hell. Black as tar.

The Negro comes in many colors. Dark. Black. Blacker. Blackest. Blacker than night. Black as hell. Black as tar.

James McBride