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Mary J. Blige quotes

You can hate me. You can go out there and say anything you want about me, But you will love me later because I told you the truth.

There's not enough time to be disrespecting... Life is too short.

You demand respect and you'll get it. First of all, you give respect.

I believe there are certain things that God uses to get us out of a bad situation, and I believe music was one of the things he used for me.

I don't listen to people's opinions. I have people around me who I can trust, but most of all I listen to myself.

I wish I had an extra day with my mom sometimes. Or another hour in the day with my family, husband and children.

I've never been a mean person.

As a child I always wanted to be a singer. The music my mother played in the house moved me - Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mahalia Jackson. It was truly spiritual. It made you understand what God was. We are all spirits. We get depressed. But music makes you want to live. I know my music has saved my life.

Really, every woman is an example to me, because as women we go through so much pain. We have to live this perfect life when we are messed up inside. We all go through trials and tribulations.

One day I realized that I wasn't getting anywhere by blaming other people for my circumstances. I finally understood: Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free.

I've just been growing right along. It's painful, but it's a great pain, and I like suffering for great results. It's like going to the gym. It hurts really bad at first, but after a couple of months and after that diet, you're looking so hot.

God comes first - if I don't love him, I can't love anybody, and if I can't love me I can't love nobody.

You can look at my palm and see the storm coming. Read the book of my life and see I've overcome it.

Everything is scary if you look at it. So you just got to live.

For the first time in my life, I'm proud of myself.

I listen to gospel music.

I wouldn't adopt, but what I will do is give my time and go and try to be there for people.

I'm on my way to a place where I'd never dreamed I'd be, and that's perfection.

It was only for two years, and I jumped from family to family. It's very scary.

There are people out there who want to provoke me and bring back the old Mary but I'm not giving them the satisfaction.