Clay Aiken Quotes

Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election.

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I had a Spanish teacher in high school. I rarely got in trouble in her room because I felt I was disappointing her if I got a bad grade. That had more power over me than teachers who told me I talked too much. That level of respect I had for her made me not want to fail for her.

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I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That's what I planned to do with my life.

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I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.

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I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair. That's really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn't like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.

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I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.

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If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Working with children with autism has provided me with an opportunity to see the world in a different way. I see them strive to overcome obstacles and persevere, and learn to persevere myself. They are my inspiration.

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I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.

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But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much.

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You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you.

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Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a - it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.

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No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing.

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I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love.

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Well, there are certain words and emotions I don't want kids hearing, and I'm not changing because they think it's going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did.

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I had the greatest time on Broadway and made friends I never expected to make!

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