Marian Anderson quote: “Life with…

“Life with Mother and Father, while he lived, was a thing of great joy, as I remember it now. It is easy to look back self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn’t have this and I didn’t have that. But that is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. Certainly there were a lot of things she did not have, but she never missed them, because she didn’t really need them. She had the things that really mattered.”

– Marian Anderson

Black and white photograph of Marian Anderson, an African American contralto singer, dressed in an elegant off-the-shoulder gown with floral embellishments, looking thoughtfully to the side against a shimmering backdrop.
Marian Anderson, 1940


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“Marian Anderson quote: ‘Life with…'” Sources

Quote: Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993. My Lord, What a Morning : an Autobiography. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

Portrait: Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Portrait of Marian Anderson. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.