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Still Under Her Spell: 5 of Nina Simone’s Most Uplifting And Insightful Quotes  was originally published on

1. Happy Birthday Nina Simone

Happy Birthday Nina Simone

Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the most vocal artist of our time. As today marks what would have been her 83rd birthday, we honor her. Flip through the gallery to see our favorite quotes from Miss Simone.

2. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

“I think women play a major part in opening the doors for better understanding around the world.”

3. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

“You’ve got to learn to leave the table, when love’s no longer being served.”

4. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me — no fear!”

5. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

“To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the world — black people. So, my job is to make them more curious about where they came from and their own identity and pride in that identity.”

6. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

“I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.”