You have to be able to look back at your life and say, "Yeah, that was fun."
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.
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.
If you want to be the best, baby, you've got to work harder than anybody else.
Wishing, hoping and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present.
Talk about handicap - I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew.
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
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.
Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.
The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
Savor the moments that are warm and special and giggly.
My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed, black Jew! That's my handicap!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imitations only better the original.
Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.
On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Elvis eleven.
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.
May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank wouldn't show for my wedding.
Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.
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