Quotes

Quotes About Marian Anderson:

  • “I said yes, but the yes did not come easily or quickly. I don’t like a lot of show, and one could not tell in advance what direction the affair would take. I studied my conscience. … As I thought further, I could see that my significance as an individual was small in this affair. I had become, whether I like it or not, a symbol, representing my people.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The roof of my house is too low for your voice.”
    – Jean Sibelius

  • “Yours is a voice such as one hears once in a hundred years.”

– Arturo Toscanini

Quotes By Marian Anderson:

  • “I could not run away from the situation. I had become, whether I liked it or not, a symbol, representing my people. I had to appear.”
  • “As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”
  • “It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn’t have this and I didn’t have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered.”