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.
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.
Savor the moments that are warm and special and giggly.
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.
If you want to be the best, baby, you've got to work harder than anybody else.
My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed, black Jew! That's my handicap!
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.
Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.
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.
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
I have to be a star like another man has to breathe.
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.
I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.
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.
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.
The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.
May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
Imitations only better the original.
Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.
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