I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural. Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, "If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles."