"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."
"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."Nat King Cole on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Nat King Cole on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Nat King Cole 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."Nat King Cole on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Nat King Cole on Abraham Lincoln
"Only time, education and plenty of good schooling will make anti-segregation work."
"I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist."
"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."