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If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough.
The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.
You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
I don't think I'm singing. I feel like I'm playing a horn...What comes out is what I feel.
Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.
I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close order drill, or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.
Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way.
People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.
The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can't sing.
Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody.
You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.
When you sing, always tell the truth.
I don't think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues is sort of a mixed-up thing. You just have to feel it. Anything I do sing is part of my life.
If nobody can learn from the past, then there's no point in raking it up.
Them that's got shall get, Them that's not shall lose. So the Bible says, And it still is news. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that's got his own.
Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.
You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling.
Don't be in such a hurry.
If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
There's no damn business like show business - you have to smile to keep from throwing up.
I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.
They think they can make fuel from horse manure - now, I don't know if your car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon, but it's sure gonna put a stop to siphoning.
And when you're poor, you grow up fast.
If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung.
One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck.
God bless the child that's got his own.
I joined Count Basie's band to make a little money and to see the world. For two years I didn't see anything but the inside of a Blue Goose bus, and I never got to send home a quarter.
I never sing a song the same way twice.
All dope can do for you is kill you... the long hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.
I've been told that nobody sings the word 'hunger' like I do.
The blues to me is like being very sad, very sick, going to church, being very happy ... it's sort of a mixed up thing. You just have to feel it.
The only reason they're out there is to see me fall into the damn orchestra pit.
When Lester plays, he almost seems to be singing; one can almost hear the words.
If I don't have friends, then I ain't nothing.
I can only sing songs my way. I don't know any other way.
I try to improvise like Les Young, Louis Armstrong or someone else I admire. What comes out is what I feel.
Lust may be in the heart, though it be not seen by others; as guests may be in the house, though they look not out at the windows.
New Orleans is the only city in the world you go in to buy a pair of nylon stockings they want to know your head size.
Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.
I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years.
No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
If I don't have friends then I ain't nothing.
You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.