Favorite Ray Quotes
Lady in Rain: Ray Robinson you are fan-tastic.
Oberon: There you go man. Gimme some skin.
Ray Charles: [Feels card in his hand] What's this?
Oberon: Jack Lauderdale's card. I got it at the hotel.
Ahmet Ertegun: Ray, I'm gonna tell you something and I don't want you to take it the wrong way.
Ray Charles: Well, then give it to me right then.
Ahmet Ertegun: When I signed you it was because I sensed something special in you not because you sound like Nate Cole or Charles Brown.
Ray Charles: But I thought you liked what I do.
Ahmet Ertegun: Look we love the tenor of your voice, your vituosity, your energy...
Ray Charles: But not my music.
Ahmet Ertegun: Man, I didn't say that.
Jack Lauderdale: So Ray, we got to talk about your name, man. Robinson. I mean, Sugar Ray got to Robinson franchise all sewed up. So I'm thinking we go with your middle name: Charles. As in "Ray Charles."
Ray Charles: I don't care what you call me, man, just as long as my name is on the record.
Ray Charles: Look, Ahmet, this is what I do. This is what the people want. I gotta make a living. I don't know no other way.
Ahmet Ertegun: Well we gotta help you find one. Look, let's try a little change of pace. Your familiar with stride piano?
Ray Charles: You kidding me, man? The man who taught me the piano was a stride player.
Ahmet Ertegun: Okay, I've got a song. It's called the Mess Around.
Ray Charles: Mess around. Cute title. Who wrote it?
Ahmet Ertegun: I did.
Ray Charles: Oh. You wrote it. Well, sing it to me, man.
Ahmet Ertegun: Sing it?
Ray Charles: Yeah, it's not like I can read the lyrics.
Always remember your promise to me. Never let nobody or nothing turn you into no cripple.Aretha Robinson
He isn't my gift to you, he's your son.Della Bea Robinson
I love you, baby. I'm so proud of you.Aretha Robinson
Ray Charles: Could you do me a favor and close that bag?
Quincy Jones: What's wrong with you? You got two hands. You can close it yourself.
Ray Charles: I got two feet too. Could you close the bag?
Jeff Brown: Where you from Ray?
Ray Charles: North Florida.
Jeff Brown: Old North Florida boy. Your people still down there?
Ray Charles: Naw.
Jeff Brown: All right. Hey, pardon me for asking, but how do you get around so good without a cane or a dog?
Ray Charles: How do you get around so good without a cane or a dog?
Jeff Brown: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to pry.
Ray Charles: My ears gotta be my eyes, man. Everything sounds different, you know? That's why I wear hard sole shoes so I can hear the echo of my footsteps off the wall. When I pass by an open doorway the sound changes.
Jeff Brown: Wow, that's cool.
Ray Charles: You gotta learn pretty quick if you want to get around on your own.
Look at Ray over there. You see that? He feels her wrist because he figures that's the way to tell if she's good looking or not.Fathead Newman
Ray Charles: You see I saw Jack Lauderdale tonight and he gave me a $500.00 advance on my record. He also said he'd put me on the road with Lowell Folsum and pay me three times as much as you been paying me.
Marlene: Now, that's a lie!
Gossie McKee: Ain't no way he's gonna put some blind man on the road. Think about it! I mean, you need watchin' out for and he ain't got to time to look after you the way I been lookin' after you.
Ray Charles: Is that what you been doing, Gossie, watchin' out for me? Is that why you get paid double what I do?
Gossie McKee: Who told you that?
Ray Charles: Well, it's true, ain't it. You and Marlene been gamin' me since I got here.
Marlene: Ray, baby, listen.
Ray Charles: Ain't got to listen to you!
Joe Adams: [showing Ray and his wife their new mansion in L.A.] This foyer is designed to impress anybody who walks in the door. There's a big winding staircase, just like "Gone With The Wind."
Ray Charles: [to his wife] We should get our portraits painted, like Rhett and Scarlett.