"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."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Mary J. Blige on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Mary J. Blige on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Mary J. Blige on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Mary J. Blige on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Mary J. Blige on Ernest Hemingway
"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."