"You demand respect and you'll get it. First of all, you give respect."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mary J. Blige on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mary J. Blige on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mary J. Blige on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mary J. Blige on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mary J. Blige on Abraham Lincoln
"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."