What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.
You have to be able to look back at your life and say, "Yeah, that was fun."
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
If you want to be the best, baby, you've got to work harder than anybody else.
My mother was born in San Juan. So I'm Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running four ways at the same time.
Talk about handicap! I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew.
If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That's publicity, man.
Wishing, hoping and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present.
You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.
Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
After I decided to become a Jew, only then did I learn that the Jews don't have all the money. When I found out Rockefeller and Ford were goyim, I almost resigned.
My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed, black Jew! That's my handicap!
My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight. It was the one way I might hope to affect a man's thinking,
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.
May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
Savor the moments that are warm and special and giggly.
I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.
I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me.
Sinatra is the essence of vocal style. This man has an innate quality of knowing what is good musically. You can sum that up best by saying that he has musical integrity. Even when he does a bad song, there's a good quality in the presentation.
There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh, but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.
The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other.
Though I love the luxury of the Waldorf Towers, room service there doesn't do soul food.
Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.
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