Eh well. A quote comes to mind:
The Great Way is not difficult:
Jus don't pick and choose.
Cut off all likes or dislines
And it is clear like space.
- Tseng Ts'an, third patriarch of Zen
The simple act of saying, "I am on a spiritual path," does not imply a comparison with others; it' is a statement of what is, not a comparison.
Don't discard the context. The phrase itself means nothing, but Simone's saying it (or whatever I paraphrased) did gave it life.