We're all just bags of bones and muscle and hormones; I'll never understand what makes our minds do the things we do. It's like that statue of the monkey holding a skull. We're trying to use a thing we don't understand to understand ourselves.

-Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello

My favorite period is when we lived in the land of the three-minute song. The Motown thing - I thought they were genius in knowing that's as much as a listener can take.

Meshell Ndegeocello
I think all musicians should understand that you have chosen not to be a soldier but a musician.
Meshell Ndegeocello

It's funny, I think after you are a star like Sting and you no longer think you need any guidance or aid - it would be great to see those stars work with other songwriters.

Meshell Ndegeocello
Music is my only guide. I don't care if people pigeonhole me. Miles Davis is my hero. He covered Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson, and he didn't give a hoot about what the purists said.
Meshell Ndegeocello

Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.

Meshell Ndegeocello
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.' Meshell Ndegeoc
Meshell Ndegeocello

I am here no longer just a vision birthed into this body I accept my praise, my blame, my joy, my sorrow I realize we are, in truth, the truth we seek God, perfect this very moment.

Meshell Ndegeocello
I'm a true believer that unless you're Prince or Stevie Wonder - and even Prince is showing that he needs help - not everybody can produce themselves. I'm definitely not that person.
Meshell Ndegeocello

Once you encounter people who are really testing the limits of kindness, that's when you start to build up a shield and close yourself down.

Meshell Ndegeocello
I think secretly I've realized after my time on the planet that I have no control over what people feel about me or need from me, so I just have a more laid-back approach in my apologies.