11 Remarkable Josephine Baker Quotes

11 Remarkable Josephine Baker Quotes

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Josephine Baker was an American born French dancer and singer that was the very first African American to star in a feature motion picture, Zouzou. She was also notable due to her refusal to perform for segregated audiences. She died in 1975 at the age of 68.

“A violinist had a violin, a painer his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.”

“Beautiful? It’s all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest . . . beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.”

“I believe in prayer. It’s the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.”

“I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.”

“I was learning the importance of names — having them, making them — but at the same time I sensed the dangers. Recognition was followed by oblivion, a yawning maw whose victims disappeared without a trace.”

“I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.”

“I’m not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that.”

“Is that what they call a vocation, what you do with joy as if you had fire in your heart, the devil in your body?”

“It [the Eiffel Tower] looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty?”

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.”

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.”