Encouraging Quotes by James Brown

Encouraging quotes by the founding father of funk James Brown.

James Brown
James Brown
  • “I just thank God for all of the blessings.”

  • “You can’t teach others if you are living the same way.”

  • “I’m kidding about having only a few dollars. I might have a few dollars more.”

  • “My expectations of other people, I double them on myself.”

  • “Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.”

  • “Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he’s got it all.”

  • “When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.”

  • “I was stillborn. The midwives laid me aside, thought I was really gone. I laid there about an hour, and they picked me back up and tried again, ’cause my body was still warm. The Good Lord brought me back.”

  • “I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.”

  • “I named my new son James Joseph Brown II. I think he’s going to be a lot better than I was.”

  • “Michael Jackson has a very good heart. He was crying when he was giving me the award, ’cause his mind went back over the early days.”

  • “I got a wife who likes expensive things, so she takes all the cash.”

  • “The hardest thing about being James Brown is I have to live. I don’t have no down time.”

  • “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.”

  • “Thank God for the journey.”

  • “Like Christ said, love thee one another. I learned to do that, and I learned to respect and be appreciative and thankful for what I had.”

  • “Sometimes I feel like I’m a preacher as well, ’cause I can really get into an audience.”

  • “I’m not going to be joining ZZ Top. You know they can’t play my stuff. It’s too complicated.”

  • “You can take care of yourself, and God helps those who help themselves.”

  • “I used to think like Moses. That knocked me down for a couple years and put me in prison. Then I start thinking like Job. Job waited and became the wealthiest and richest man ever ’cause he believed in God.”

  • “I’ve been held responsible for taxes I know nothing about.”

  • “I want to say to you, Help yourself, so you can help someone else.”

  • “You only live once.”

  • “I did the thing with bonds, which was about 30 million dollars, and didn’t get none of the money on them.”

  • “I’ve been knocked down a lot of times.”

  • “I started Michael years ago. I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we’d have him on the talent shows. He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.”

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