Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

My teacher told me I'd never amount to anything. I left high school at 15, after one year. But my real teachers were all the people around me. And I was a good listener.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Our purpose is to educate as well as to entertain.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Everything was a song. Every conversation, every personal hurt, every observance of people in stress, happiness and love... if you could feel it, I could feel it. And I could write a song about it.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

I used to love to sit and listen to the old people talk about yesterday. There's a lot of good information there.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

How many 54-year-old quadriplegics are putting albums out? You just have to deal with what you got, try to sustain yourself as best you can, and look to the things that you can do.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Being a young black man, observing and sensing the need for race equality and women's rights, I wrote about what was important to me.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

We weren't the Temptations, but when we came out onstage, the people always gave us a special respect because our songs were of an inspirational quality.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

With all respect, I'm sure that we have enough preachers in the world. Through my way of writing, I was capable of being able to say these things and yet not make a person feel as though they're being preached at.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

I think my grandmother was one of my biggest influences.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

As a kid, sometimes you have nobody to turn to. I could always go back to some of the sermons and talk to myself in a righteous manner and put that in a song.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Reading the script, I started feeling very deeply bad for Freddie. Between his friends, his partners, and his woman, he was catching a hard time. 'Freddie's Dead' came to me immediately.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Maybe the words that I say is just another way to pray.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

With a spinal cord injury, which most people don't really know about... there are many, many complications that actually lead you through your life, and sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

Coming up in Chicago, we heard a lot of blues.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

I was a very observant child. Almost anything could become a song to me.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

I didn't put Priest down. He was just trying to get out. His deeds weren't noble ones, but he was making money, and he had intelligence. And he did survive. I mean, all this was reality.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

I didn't have to leave my neighborhood to be surrounded by the things that 'Super Fly' is about. It was easier than most scripts because it was about an environment that I knew.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

My art and my creativities were totally something that was of my own heart and mind. I could never let anybody dictate to me what I should write and how I would write it.

Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield

To talk about the '60s almost brings tears to my eyes. What we did. What we all did. We changed the world.