35 Pearl Bailey Quotes from the American Actress

Pearl Bailey was a famous American singer and actress known for her captivating singing and playful humor.

Starting her career at 15 she sang in nightclubs and with big bands like Cootie Williams and Count Basie.

Her breakthrough came in the mid-1940s in New York leading to Broadway and film roles including “Hello Dolly!”

Bailey also acted in films like “Carmen Jones” and “Porgy and Bess.”

Later she focused on nightclubs and TV hosting “The Pearl Bailey Show.”

Pearl Bailey Quotes

She wrote several books served as a U.N. ambassador and graduated from Georgetown University at 67.

Bailey received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and passed away in 1990.

Here are some of the top quotes from Pearl Bailey.

Top 10 Pearl Bailey Quotes


Fate carries its own clock. ~ Pearl Bailey.


A crown, if it hurts us is not worth wearing. ~ Pearl Bailey.


I tell stories to music and, thank God, in tune. ~ Pearl Bailey.


The deed of love is stronger than words. ~ Pearl Bailey.


I never ask myself how I do what I do. After all, how does it rain? ~ Pearl Bailey.


Sometimes you think the whole world is falling, and it’s only yourself that’s leaning. ~ Pearl Bailey.


You never find yourself until you face the truth. ~ Pearl Bailey.


You can taste a word. ~ Pearl Bailey.


I see their souls, and I hold them in my hands, and because I love them they weigh nothing. ~ Pearl Bailey.


Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible. ~ Pearl Bailey.

Famous Pearl Bailey Quotes


Sometimes I would almost rather have people take years of my life than take away a moment. ~ Pearl Bailey.

There’s a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. ~ Pearl Bailey.


No one can figure out your worth but you. ~ Pearl Bailey.


You cannot belong to anyone else until you belong to yourself. ~ Pearl Bailey.

The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation – he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment. ~ Pearl Bailey.

I hate labels, and I wear no labels. When a man has to put something around his neck and say I am, he isn’t. ~ Pearl Bailey.


I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go. ~ Pearl Bailey.

Popular Pearl Bailey Quotes

Children, you must remember something. 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. ~ Pearl Bailey.

Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it. ~ Pearl Bailey.


When you’re young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements. ~ Pearl Bailey.

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. ~ Pearl Bailey.

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that. ~ Pearl Bailey.


Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first. ~ Pearl Bailey.

There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while. ~ Pearl Bailey.

You must change in order to survive… ~ Pearl Bailey.

Best Pearl Bailey Quotes

I don’t like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. ~ Pearl Bailey.


The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. ~ Pearl Bailey.

The way we’re going to get to understanding is for each man to open his heart and open his mind and look in himself as he looks at his neighbor. ~ Pearl Bailey.

I discuss humanity and not races. ~ Pearl Bailey.


People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him. ~ Pearl Bailey.

How can you give a man a room in a house and not let him come through the front door? ~ Pearl Bailey.


You cannot belong to anyone else, until you belong to yourself. ~ Pearl Bailey.

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. ~ Pearl Bailey.

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. ~ Pearl Bailey.

So these were the 35 top quotes about Pearl Bailey.

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