The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.
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.
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.
The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can't sing.
If nobody can learn from the past,
then there's no point in raking it up.
When you sing, always tell the truth.
God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody.
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.
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.
Don't be in such a hurry.
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.
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.
People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.
A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
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.
If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling.
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.
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.
I've been told that nobody sings the word 'hunger' like I do.
And when you're poor, you grow up fast.
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