"Music makes us want to live. You don't know how many times people have told me that they'd been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That's the power music has."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Mary J. Blige on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Mary J. Blige on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Mary J. Blige on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Mary J. Blige on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Mary J. Blige on Booker T. Washington
"I've just been growing right along. It's painful, but it's a great pain, and I like suffering for great results. It's like going to the gym. It hurts really bad at first, but after a couple of months and after that diet, you're looking so hot."
"When I was a child I didn't care about getting an education, and I didn't finish high school."
"It was only for two years, and I jumped from family to family. It's very scary."
"I wish I had an extra day with my mom sometimes. Or another hour in the day with my family, husband and children."
"In the inner city, there's a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life. No more pity parties. I've gotta love me more than anybody else loves me."