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Pearl Bailey Quotes

1918 - 1990

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Pearl Bailey, an entertainer who combined singing with ad libs, was in 1975 a special ambassador to the United Nations. She's perhaps most famous for her version of Hello, Dolly!

Selected Pearl Bailey Quotations

• You never find yourself until you face the truth.

• 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.

• When we swallow a little knowledge of ourselves, it becomes either good or sour inside.

• My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.

• 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.

• What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.

• Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.

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

• 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.

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

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

• You never find yourself until you face the truth.

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

• People see God every day, they just don't recognize him.

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

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

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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