"Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Marian Anderson on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Marian Anderson on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Marian Anderson on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Marian Anderson on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Marian Anderson on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether."
"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."
"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it."
"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."