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Pearl Bailey Quotes


Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress and singer.
(1918 - 1990)

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A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.
 

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.
[Forgiveness]
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Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.
 

I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go.
 

I see their souls, and I hold them in my hands, and because I love them they weigh nothing.
[Helping Other People]
 

Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.
 

No one can figure out your worth but you.
[Self Knowledge]
 

People see God every day, they just don't recognize Him.
[Happiness]
 

Sometimes I would almost rather have people take away years of my life than take away a moment.
 

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.
 

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
[Happiness]
 

There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
[Work]
 

There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it.
 

There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
[Self Acceptance]
 

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.
 

We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us - not our effects on others.
 

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
[Life]
 

When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements.
 

You cannot belong to anyone else, until you belong to yourself.
 


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