61 Little Richard Quotes That Will Motivate You

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“The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.” -Little Richard

Giving up is never an option if you want to be successful. You must be willing to put in the hard work and dedication required to achieve your goals. Letting someone else win simply means you are unwilling to fight for what you want.

Little Richard was a man who knew what it meant to fight for what he wanted. He was a highly successful musician who overcame many obstacles in his life. His quotes are motivating and inspirational, reminding us that we can all achieve our dreams if we are willing to put in the effort required.


Motivational Little Richard Quotes

  • “No, I’ve never truly been a minister.”– Little Richard
  • “I’ve never seen the devil create music.”– Little Richard
  • “To me, true rock ‘n’ roll has a lot of bottom in it.”– Little Richard
  • “It’s not the size of the ship; it’s the size of the waves.”– Little Richard
  • “I think that a man should be caring.”– Little Richard
  • “We’re gonna have some fun tonight.”– Little Richard
  • “I’m very much a gentleman in what I do.”– Little Richard
  • “I thank God for making me a man.”– Little Richard
  • “A-bop-bop-a-loom-op-a-lop-bop-boom.”– Little Richard
  • “I let people know that it was all right to do the kinds of things I did.”– Little Richard
  • “I also like the banging piano – that old good-time piano.”– Little Richard
  • “But I was singing loud, and most singers weren’t singing loud.”– Little Richard
  • “God is omnipotent, He is omniscient, and He is ever present.”– Little Richard
  • “But I’m a rock ‘n’ roll singer; that’s my livelihood, my occupation.”– Little Richard
  • “Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.”– Little Richard
  • “Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.”– Little Richard
  • “God gives us the ability, but rock ‘n’ roll was created by men.”– Little Richard
  • “And I’d like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it’s just as hard to cut.”– Little Richard
  • “Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that’s not what I call rock.”– Little Richard
  • “People called rock & roll ‘African music.’ They called it ‘voodoo music.’ They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan – the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.”– Little Richard
  • “Elvis was God-given, there’s no other explanation. A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.”– Little Richard
  • “I don’t think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.”– Little Richard
  • “But men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money.”– Little “I am the architect of rock n’ roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.”– Little Richard
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  • “My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll–and there have been a lot of phrases attributed to me over the years–is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic. … A lot of the beats in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo drums. If you study music in rhythms, like I have, you’ll see that is true. I believe that kind of music is driving people from Christ. It is contagious”– Little Richard
  • “I am the innovator. I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!”– Little Richard
  • “But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.”– Little Richard
  • “I was washing dishes at the Greyhound bus station at the time and I said, ‘Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom, take ’em out!’”– Little Richard
  • “I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness … that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan.”– Little Richard
  • “Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t glorify God. You can’t drink out of God’s cup and the devil’s cup at the same time. I was one of the pioneers of that music, one of the builders. I know what the blocks are made of because I built them.”– Little Richard
  • “I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.”– Little Richard
  • “Rock ‘n’ roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt. It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters – twelve children.”– Little Richard
  • “I was really kind of shy as a child. But I would do things for attention.”– Little Richard
  • “They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.”– Little Richard
  • “I got fame and fortune, and I lost my sense of reasoning.”– Little Richard
  • “I saw Uncle John with Long Tall Sally, he saw Aunt Mary coming and he ducked back in the alley.”– Little Richard
  • “I came from a family where my people didn’t like rhythm and blues. Bing Crosby – “Pennies from Heaven” – Ella Fitzgerald, was all I heard.”– Little Richard
  • “A lot of songs I sang to crowds to get their reaction. That’s how I knew they’d hit.”– Little Richard
  • “I invented rock & roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitar player. James Brown was my vocalist.”– Little Richard
  • “When you sit down and think about what rock ‘n’ roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock ‘n’ roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.”- Little Richard
  • “God would be a very selfish god if he gave all the soul to one race. … When one sings from the heart and it reaches another heart, that’s soul.”– Little Richard
  • “I just want the world to know that God is present, that he’s alive for ever more.”– Little Richard
  • “I look back on my life, comin’ out of Macon, Georgia – I never thought I’d be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life.”– Little Richard
  • “I think people who don’t believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn’t make?”– Little Richard
  • “I did what I felt, and I felt what I did, at all costs.”– Little Richard
  • “A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don’t call myself that, but I believe it’s true.”– Little Richard
  • “Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I’m gonna make a song that sounds like that.”– Little Richard
  • “I also think that what’s wrong with all of us is that we don’t show enough love toward each other.”– Little Richard
  • “I gave up rock ‘n’ roll for the rock of ages! I used to be a glaring homosexual until God changed me!”– Little Richard
  • “And I think a woman should find it a joy to be female because God made both male and female.”– Little Richard
  • “And I don’t get down on nobody else for doing whatever else they do. To each his own.”– Little Richard
  • “I got a girl named Bony Maronie, she’s as skinny as a stick of macaroni.”– Little Richard
  • “I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.”– Little Richard
  • “Like, my mother would have company over, and I would sing so they’d pay attention to me.”– Little Richard
  • “I love God, and I’m a follower.”– Little Richard
  • “Plus I love Tanya Tucker and I love country music.”– Little Richard
  • “I don’t think that you have to be effeminate to be sensitive.”– Little Richard
  • “It’s hard to have a friend when your name’s a household word.”– Little Richard
  • “I only wore makeup when I went onstage.”– Little Richard
  • “I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.”– Little Richard
  • “I don’t give the devil credit for creating nothing.”– Little Richard
  • “I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.”–Little Richard

Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll, died at 87. His son confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. Little Richard’s influence on music is still felt today – his songs are considered classics.

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