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A collection of quotes and sayings by Marian Anderson on friendship, gift, music, opera, singing, racism, dreams, courage, artist, fear, morality and indecision.

25 Inspiring Quotes By Marian Anderson On Fear, Courage, Racism And More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Singer

Born On: February 27, 1897

Died On: April 8, 1993

Born In: Philadelphia

Died At Age: 96

Marian Anderson was an Afro-American singer counted among the best contraltos of the 20th century. She was born in an economically modest family and had to go through various hardships as a child. She aspired to become a musician and was a self-taught singer. She was a part of the church choir and with the help of the pastor of her church and a few other people, she attended music class under a renowned teacher. She was rejected by the ‘Philadelphia Music Academy’ due to her color but she went on to train under a couple of other legendary musicians backed by her local black community. This helped her win a popular singing competition and that came as a major breakthrough in her career. She then moved to Europe after performing at various renowned places in New York. There she further sharpened her singing skills to become a well-known singer globally. Her fame and popularity were immensely magnified when she was invited by the then US President Roosevelt and the First Lady to perform at the White House. She was the first Afro-American to be given such an honor. Her work, thoughts and life made her a prominent figure in the struggle for the black artists where she worked towards vanquishing the racial bigotry in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. Take a look at the thoughts and quotes by Marian Anderson which reflects her perseverant and optimistic approach towards life.
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Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.

Marian Anderson

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

Marian Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

Marian Anderson

You lose a lot of time, hating people.

Marian Anderson

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

Marian Anderson

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

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

If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there's no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.

Marian Anderson

Prejudice: 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

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

Marian Anderson

I had gone to Europe . . . to reach for a place as a serious artist, but I never doubted that I must return. I was - and am - an American.

Marian Anderson

Where there is money, there is fighting.

Marian Anderson

You cannot fool an audience.

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

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

Marian Anderson

You can't build a chimney from the top, you know.

Marian Anderson

Prayer begins where human capacity ends.

Marian Anderson

Sometimes racial 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 it because the feel of it is irritating.

Marian Anderson

A person has to be busy to be alive.

Marian Anderson

Sometimes you're overwhelmed when a thing comes, and you do not realize the magnitude of the affair at that moment. When you get away from it, you wonder, did it really happen to you.

Marian Anderson