Marian Anderson Quotes

Marian Anderson a well-known vocal singer of the 20th century in the United States.

She also played an important role in resolving racial prejudice in the United States in the mid-twentieth century.

In addition, she was the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor.

Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897 in Largest City Philadelphia, United States.

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Marian Anderson in 1920

Her father’s name was John Berkley Anderson, who used to sell ice and coal. And her mother’s name was Annie Delilah Rucker.

Marian’s parents were devout Christians and attended the Union Baptist Church. When Anderson was 6, she started singing from this church. From there she got the nickname Baby Contralto.

After this, Anderson’s aunt started taking him to local functions. There Anderson received 25 or 50 cents for singing.

When she turned 10, she got an opportunity to train with singer Emma Azalia Hackley. She emerged as a soloist after training.

Then in 1925, Anderson got a chance to participate in a competition organized by the New York Philharmonic.

Marian Anderson in 1940
Marian Anderson in 1940

After this competition, her career was on the pick from the 1930s to 1940s.

During this time, Anderson gave performances in the world’s most famous opera houses like the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opera House Constitution Hall.

Apart from this, Marian Anderson also served as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Goodwill Ambassador of the United States.

Anderson has received several important awards such as the first Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and National Medal of Arts.

Anderson retired from singing in 1965. After retirement, she moved with her husband Orpheus Fisher to a farmhouse near Danbury. Although she used to attend many public functions as well.

After spending the rest of her life in peace, she died of heart failure on April 8, 1993, at the age of 96.

Famous Marian Anderson Quotes :

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Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. – Marian Anderson Quotes (Image From The Estate Of Yousuf Karsh)

“When you stop your dreams and ideals, you stop completely.” – Marian Anderson

“Prayer begins where human capacity ends.” – Marian Anderson

“Sometimes you’re overwhelmed when a thing comes, and you do not realize the magnitude of the affair at that moment.” – Marian Anderson

“A person has to be busy to be alive.” – Marian Anderson

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Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend. – Marian Anderson Quotes (Image Source:

“There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right.” – Marian Anderson

“You lose a lot of time, hating people.” – Marian Anderson

“I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.” – Marian Anderson

“Don’t hate people. Because you lose a lot of time hating people.” – Marian Anderson

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You can’t build a chimney from the top, you know. – Marian Anderson Quotes (Image Source: )

“If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.” – Marian Anderson

“You cannot fool an audience.” – Marian Anderson Quotes

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” – Marian Anderson

“Where there is money, there is fighting.” – Marian Anderson

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No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people.

“If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.” – Marian Anderson

“A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God… ” – Marian Anderson

“When I sing, I don’t want them to see that my face is black. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless.” – Marian Anderson

“You have two bites at the local apple before you have to go to court.” – Marian Anderson

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