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Michael Joseph Jackson (29 August 1958 – 25 June 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

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“Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you've walked 2 moons in his moccasins. Most people don't know me, that is why they write such things in which most is not true. I cry very very often because it hurts and I worry about the children, all my children all over the world, I live for them. If a man could say nothing against a character but what he could prove, history could not be written. Animals strike not from malice but because they want to live, it is the same with those who criticize, they desire our blood not our pain. But still I must achieve I must seek truth in all things. I must endure for the power I was sent forth, for the world for the children. But have mercy, for I've been bleeding a long time now. MJ.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Handwritten note published in People (12 October 1987)

“Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the Creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The Creator and the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing — until there is only … the dance.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: "The Dance" - from inlay sleeve of Dangerous (1991)

“I have no problem with them imitating [me]. It's a compliment. Everybody has to start out looking up to someone. For me it was James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: On pop groups like N'Sync, as quoted in interview in TV Guide (1 November 2001)

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Dancing the Dream (1992), also used in his funeral invitation. Quoted in "Dead stars and classic art will surround Michael Jackson" in CNN.com/entertainment (3 July 2009)

“I have begun to see that even my father's harshness was a kind of love. An imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me, because he wanted no man to ever look down at his offspring. Now with time, rather than bitterness I feel blessing.… My initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: "Heal the Kids" speech at the Oxford Union (2001)

“I put a lot of mannequins in my room in the past, and I still have mannequins in my room, because I used to be very lonely, painfully lonely. You have no idea. I used to walk the streets looking for people to talk to. I'm talking about the height of one's career…. I would walk up to them, strangers, and say, "will you be my friend?" They'd go, "my god, Michael Jackson!" and that's not what I wanted.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (2002)

“The record companies really do conspire against the artists. They steal. They cheat. They do whatever they can, especially the black artists.… Sony's Tommy Mottola is the president of the record division. He is mean. He is a racist, and he's very, very, very devilish.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Remarks at National Action Network headquarters (6 July 2002)

“The minute I started breaking the all-time record in record sales—I broke Elvis's records, I broke Beatles records—the minute it became the all-time best-selling album in the history of the Guinness Book of World Records, overnight they called me a freak. They called me a homosexual. They called me a child molester. They said I bleached my skin. They made everything to turn the public against me.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Remarks at National Action Network headquarters (9 July 2002)

“I know my race. I just look in the mirror. I know I'm black.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Remarks at National Action Network headquarters (9 July 2002)

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“I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail. Here in America we create new opportunities out of adversity, not punitive laws, and we should look to new technologies like Apple's new Music Store for solutions. This way, innovation continues to be the hallmark of America. It is the fans that drive the success of the music business.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Press statement (21 July 2003), quoted in "Jackson attacks music piracy bill" in BBC News (22 July 2003)

“Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Press statement (November 2003); quoted in "Michael Jackson Calls Child Molestation Charges 'Lies'" (8 December 2003) Jet

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Also used at his funeral (3 Sep. 2009) invitation. Quoted in "Dead stars and classic art will surround Michael Jackson " in CNN.com/entertainment (03 July 2009)

“Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth." http://rocknrollworldmagazine.com/2015/08/82915-rock-history/”

— Michael Jackson

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“I wake up from dreams and go, 'Wow, put this down on paper.' The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face. And you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry, I just didn't write this. It's there already.' That's why I hate to take credit for the songs I've written. I feel that somewhere, someplace, it's been done and I'm just a courier bringing it into the world. I really believe that. I love what I do. I'm happy at what I do. It's escapism.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: "Michael Jackson - Life in the Magical Kingdom" Rolling Stone 1983 "Michael Jackson - Life in the magical kingdom" - Rolling Stone (February 17, 1983)

“Do not judge a person, Do not pass a judgement on anyone unless you've talked to them one-on-one. I don't care what the story is...”

— Michael Jackson

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Source: Televised Interview with Oprah Winfrey (1993)

“OK, number one. There, as I know of, there is no such thing as skin bleaching... I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin, it's something that I cannot help, OK? But, when people make up stories that I don't want to be who I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, I can't control it.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Televised Interview with Oprah Winfrey (1993) On the lightening of his skin.

“Yeah, I think James Brown is a genius you know, when he's with the Famous Flames, unbelievable. I used to watch him on television and I used to get angry at the cameraman because whenever he would really start to dance they would be on a close-up so I couldn't see his feet. I'd shout "show him show him," so I could watch and learn.”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Televised Interview with Oprah Winfrey (1993) On watching James Brown as a young child. He simply was the best man and artist in the world.

“I always wanted to do music that influences and inspires each generation. Lets face it, who wants mortality?”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: Ebony interview (2007):
Bryan Monroe (December 2007) "A Q & A With Michael Jackson," Ebony On how he creates memorable music

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“Ever since I was a little boy, I would study composition. And it was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that influenced me the most. If you take an album like Nutcracker Suite, every song is killer, every one. So I said to myself, 'Why can't there be a pop album where every...' — People used to do an album where you'd get one good song, and the rest were like B-sides, they'd call them "album songs" — and I'd say to myself 'Why can't every one be like a hit song? Why can't every song be so great that people would want to buy it if you could release it as a single?. So I always tried to strive for that. That was the purpose for the next album.”

— Michael Jackson

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Bryan Monroe (December 2007) "A Q & A With Michael Jackson," Ebony On musical influences

“The industry, It's at a crossroad, There's a transformation going on. People are confused, what's going on, how to distribute and sell music. The internet kinda threw everybody for a real loop. 'Cause it's so powerful, kids love it so much. The whole world is at their fingertips, on their lap. Anything they want to know, anyone they want to communicate with, any music, any movies... The thing is it just took everybody for a loop. Right now, all these Starbucks deals and Wal-Mart deals, direct to artists, I don't know if that's the answer. I think the answer is just phenomenal, great music. Just reaching the masses. I think people are still searching. There's not a real music revolution going on right now, either. But when it's there, people will break down a wall to get to it. I mean, 'cause before Thriller, it was the same kind of thing. People were not buying music. It helped to bring everybody back into the stores, so when it happens, it happens.”

— Michael Jackson

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Bryan Monroe (December 2007) "A Q & A With Michael Jackson," Ebony On musical influences

“What I do when I write is that I'll do a raggedy, rough version just to hear the chorus, just to see how much I like the chorus. If it works for me that way when it's raggedy, then I'll know it will just work... Listen to that, that's at home. Janet, Randy, Me... Janet and I are going "Whoo, Whoo... Whoo, Whoo..." I do that same process with every song. It's the melody, it's the melody that's most important, If the melody can sell me, then I'll go to the next step. The idea is to transcribe from what's in your mentality onto tape. If you take a song like "Billie Jean," Where the bass line is the prominent, dominant piece, the protagonist of the song, the main driving riff that you hear, getting the character of the riff to be just the way you want it to be, that takes a lot of time. Listen, you're hearing four basses on there, doing four different personalities, and that's what gives it character, but it takes a lot of work.”

— Michael Jackson

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Bryan Monroe (December 2007) "A Q & A With Michael Jackson," Ebony On listening to an early version of Billie Jean on an iPhone

“"It's all for love... With the love, L.O.V.E."”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: This Is It: Recordings shown on the film This Is It. Note: The two lines are from different parts of the film;the quotes were edited together on the trailer as "It's all for love, L.O.V.E."

“"Love lives forever."”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: This Is It: Recordings shown on the film This Is It. Last title displayed on the film.

“"I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That's why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening, that every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That's why I write these kinds of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet, I love the trees. I have this thing for trees - the colors and changing of leaves. I love it. I respect those kind of things. I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man's mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick, like a fever. If we don't fix it now, it's at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, where it's like a runway train. And the times has come, This Is It. People are always saying,'They'll take care of it. The government'll--Don't worry, they'll--' 'They' who? It starts with us. It's us. Or else it'll never be done... We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let's take care of the planet."”

— Michael Jackson

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Quote source: This Is It: Recordings shown on the film This Is It. On the environment

“"I love you. That'll be the ending of this under the words. " The film was dedicated to Michael's three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II aka Blanket.”

— Michael Jackson

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Source: This Is It: Recordings shown on the film This Is It.

“Michael Jackson: There's a time for this, and this you should not do. You should not go out and say, 'Oh he's Jacko'. I'm not a "Jacko". I'm "Jackson".”

— Michael Jackson

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Source: Televised Interview with Barbara Walters(1998)

“Walters: How do you feel when people call you..”

— Michael Jackson

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