"And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Miriam Makeba on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Miriam Makeba on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Miriam Makeba on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Miriam Makeba on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Miriam Makeba on Ray Charles
"Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over."
"Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time."
"Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being."
"In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home."
"It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American."