1979 - February: "Blues & Soul" Magazine Interview PDF Print E-mail

On reflecting upon the benefits of his career:

"[…] I totally enjoy what I’m doing and bringing joy into people’s lives. To me, all joy is young and if I can bring one second of joy into a child or a grown-up’s life, then I have achieved my lifetime ambition. That’s why we (the Jacksons) have been travelling all over the world entertaining people for these ten years. […] So, I’m thankful. It’s such a wonderful feeling to make hungry, crying children smile."

On the message he sends to his fans:

"There’s a line that I do at the end of "The Wiz" (movie) that I feel is especially effective. It goes like this: "Success, fame and fortune – they are all illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that two people can share." I think that sums it up, because the real bottom line is love and friendship. The rest just comes afterwards. I like to think of everybody I entertain as being a friend. But I do particularly love children."

On children:

"[…] I’m crazy about them. It is the innocence they have; they are the way I wish the world really was, because they are not phoney and they don’t know prejudice. Prejudice is taught. If the world were full of only children, it would be a much better place."