Quotation by Willie Mae Ford Smith

Look at the trees now, aren't they bare? But you let a certain day come for spring and they'll come out. They won't be the same leaves that was there last year, but when they come out they're so pretty. I look out at those trees and just think, Oh, you're so beautiful. God sure dressed you up. I say that to a tree. The work I have done, if I have to do it over, I'm willin'. But I don't want to go back. Let me be the leaf just laying at the foot of the tree giving it substance to grow.
Willie Mae Ford Smith (b. 1904), African American gospel singer. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).

Smith was a major talent in American gospel singing.
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