43 Best Josephine Baker Quotes on Love, Life and Equality

Josephine Baker was a French performer and civil rights activist.

Best Josephine Baker Quotes


To realize our dreams we must decide to wake up. ~ Josephine Baker.

I’m not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that. ~ Josephine Baker.

I believe in prayer. It’s the best way we have to draw strength from heaven. ~ Josephine Baker.

Oh, you young people act like old men. You have no fun. ~ Josephine Baker.

I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. ~ Josephine Baker.

Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life. ~ Josephine Baker.

God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers. ~ Josephine Baker.

The old Catholic parties hounded me with a Christian hatred from station to station, city to city, one stage to another. ~ Josephine Baker.

I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too. ~ Josephine Baker.

Until the March on Washington, I always had this little feeling in my stomach. I was always afraid. I couldn’t meet white American people. I didn’t want to be around them. But now that little gnawing feeling is gone. For the first time in my life I feel free. I know that everything is right now. ~ Josephine Baker.

Top Josephine Baker Quotes

I believe if the white and colored people could get together and be let alone, they would understand each other and consequently love each other. ~ Josephine Baker.

Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood. ~ Josephine Baker.

We’ve got to show that blacks and whites are treated equally in the army. Otherwise, what’s the point of waging war on Hitler?~ Josephine Baker.

Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone. ~ Josephine Baker.

The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains. ~ Josephine Baker.

All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice. ~ Josephine Baker.

Famous Josephine Baker Quotes

You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you. ~ Josephine Baker.

He was my cream, and I was his coffee – And when you poured us together, it was something. ~ Josephine Baker.

Beautiful? It’s all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest… beautiful, no. Amusing, yes. ~ Josephine Baker.

One dance had made me the most famous colored woman in the world. ~ Josephine Baker.

The white imagination is sure something when it comes to blacks. ~ Josephine Baker.

You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun. ~ Josephine Baker.

Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life. ~ Josephine Baker.

When I was a child and they burned me out of my home, I was frightened and I ran away. Eventually I ran far away. It was to a place called France. Many of you have been there, and many have not. But I must tell you, ladies and gentlemen, in that country I never feared. It was like a fairyland place. ~ Josephine Baker.

The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts. ~ Josephine Baker.

We must change the system of education and instruction. Unfortunately, history has shown us that brotherhood must be learned, when it should be natural. ~ Josephine Baker.

Great Josephine Baker Quotes

Art is an elastic sort of love. ~ Josephine Baker.

Is that what they call a vocation, what you do with joy as if you had fire in your heart, the devil in your body? ~ Josephine Baker.

A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for. ~ Josephine Baker.

All men can live together, if they wish to. ~ Josephine Baker.

I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die. ~ Josephine Baker.

I was learning the importance of names – having them, making them – but at the same time I sensed the dangers. Recognition was followed by oblivion, a yawning maw whose victims disappeared without a trace. ~ Josephine Baker.

I have two loves: my country and Paris. ~ Josephine Baker.

I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity. ~ Josephine Baker.

I think they must mix blood, otherwise the human race is bound to degenerate. Mixing blood is marvelous. It makes strong and intelligent men. It takes away tired spirits. ~ Josephine Baker.

I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States, because of that terror of discrimination. ~ Josephine Baker.

I am tired of that artificial life. The work of being a star disgusts me now. All the intrigues which surround the star disgust me… I want to work three or four more years and then quit the stage. I’ll go live in Italy or the South of France. I will get married, as simply as possible. I will have children, and many animals. I love them. I want to live in peace surrounded by children and animals. But if one of my children wanted to go onstage in the music hall, I would strangle it with my own two hands. ~ Josephine Baker.

I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on. ~ Josephine Baker.

I have never really been a great artist. I have been a human being that has loved art, which is not the same thing. But I have loved and believed in art and the idea of universal brotherhood so much, that I have put everything I have into them, and I have been blessed. ~ Josephine Baker.

What am I most ashamed of in my life? Not keeping my promise to my sister and being too scared of America to attend her funeral. ~ Josephine Baker.

I spent 30 minutes each morning rubbing my body with half a lemon to lighten my skin. ~ Josephine Baker.


Salt and pepper. Just what it should be. ~ Josephine Baker.

I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely. ~ Josephine Baker.

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