"Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Nat King Cole on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Nat King Cole 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."Nat King Cole on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Nat King Cole 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."Nat King Cole on Ray Charles
"Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work."
"I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist."
"The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do. When you've got the respect of white and colored, you can ease a lot of things."