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Anita Baker quotes

Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it's what you do.

I need my career. That's what validates me.

I think there's no sacrifice too great for family, whether it's career, singing, whatever.

I would make far more money if every song were my own, but I don't write to fill up the album with my songs.

I'd love to be the political voice of my generation, but that's not my gift.

If you have your own agenda and your own style and you don't easily conform to what the masses are doing, you're looked upon as being difficult. Whereas, I think of it as just being an individual.

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.

Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily.

Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do.

I don't think being black has held me back at all. Being black makes you strong.

If I could be doing anything, I'd be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.

Typically, the theme of my albums, if there is a theme, is, 'How does it feel?' And that always leads to love songs. It just does.

When you're away for a long time, tastes change, fans move on. You hate to think about it, but it's an ugly fact of life.

My father worked on assembly lines in Detroit while I was growing up. Every day, I watched him do what he needed to do to support the family. But he told me, 'Life is short. Do what you want to do.'

Oh my goodness, they are rocking so many variations of my high-top fade. I mean, Rihanna has taken it to a very angular 21st Century thing. Miss Fantasia has it in a very seductive, you know, up-flip, and it's just lovely, right? Oh, I think it's wonderful.

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.

I don't let people use me. That's why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum.

We don't do drugs, drink or use profanity. Instead we instill morals and values in my boys by raising them with a love of God and a love and respect for themselves and all people. I believe they will have a chance.

I would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29, after the first album.

As soon as you get off stage, that's the most dangerous time for a singer to kiss people because your vocal chords are receptive to any kind of germ.