"Please believe me. I don't want to be a star". My rationale was that I viewed success and stardom as two different things. Successful recording artists were played on the radio, respected by the public, and had longevity. The songs they sang moved and inspired people. Stars were hounded and mobbed, their privacy was nonexistent, and they were under constant pressure to reach #1 and stay there… 'I don't want to be number one. There's no place to go but down. I'd rather be number five or even number ten and stick around longer." I didn't realize that I was expressing a guiding principal of my career. I was hoping for career longevity, and to my utter amazement and eternal gratitude, I achieved it. And if that wasn't enough, one of my albums would actually reach #1 and stay there for a very long time.
p. 193 From "A Natural Woman"