May 25, 2023: Tina Turner Quotes
Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” died yesterday at the age of 83 in Zurich, Switzerland. She was born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee; began her singing career in St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois, with her abusive partner Ike Turner; and rose to greater heights with her solo career from the 1980s onward. She leaves behind a massive catalog of hits and many words of wisdom. Enjoy this collection of her thoughts.
“If you’re not certain of the value of mentorship, think of how many elite athletes or professional sports teams train without a coach. Zero. How many of your favorite films are made without a producer or director? Zero. How many of the best schools in the world function without teachers? Zero. It’s safe to say that every great leader, in any field, first had a great mentor.” —Tina Turner
“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don’t use special creams or treatments—I’ll use a little bit of everything. It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.” —Tina Turner
“Ike’s problem was that he was a musician that always wanted to be a star; and was a star, locally, but never internationally… so he then changed the name to Ike and changed my name to Tina because if I ran away, Tina was his name. It was patented as you call it.” —Tina Turner
“At every moment, we always have a choice, even if it feels as if we don’t. Sometimes that choice may simply be to think a more positive thought.” —Tina Turner
“I believe we each hold within us what I call a ‘coin of God,’ a piece of the eternal energy of the universe, the essence of Buddha nature.” —Tina Turner
“My mother and father didn’t love each other, so they were always fighting.” —Tina Turner
“I don’t hate myself anymore. I used to hate my work, hated that sexy image, hated those pictures of me on stage, hated that big raunchy person. On stage, I’m acting the whole time I’m there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I’m Tina again.” —Tina Turner
“I’m self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream—to have class.” —Tina Turner
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