Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough.
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.
The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.
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.
I don't think I'm singing. I feel like I'm playing a horn...What comes out is what I feel.
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.
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.
Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.
Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
If nobody can learn from the past,
then there's no point in raking it up.
The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can't sing.
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.
Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.
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.
God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody.
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.
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.
When you sing, always tell the truth.
A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
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.
You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling.
The only reason they're out there is to see me fall into the damn orchestra pit.
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