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Mary J. Blige quotes

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

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.

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

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

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.

I listen to gospel music.

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.

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

As a kid, I dreamed about being onstage.

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

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

Don't give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don't stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don't ever say it'll never happen or it'll never happen.

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.

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