35 Total Quotes

Billie Holiday Quotes

Billie Holiday
I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.
Billie Holiday
#American Musician

Billie Holiday
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.
Billie Holiday
#Slavery

Billie Holiday
I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
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.
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#American Musician #Drugs

Billie Holiday
[4. Dianne Reeves She supplies the lush jazz vocals in] Good Night, and Good Luck ... Billie & Me.
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#Jazz

Billie Holiday
Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
Billie Holiday
#American Musician #Love

Billie Holiday
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.
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#American Musician #Earth

Billie Holiday
No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
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#American Musician #Earth

Billie Holiday
Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.
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#American Musician #Kids

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In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
Billie Holiday
#American Musician

Billie Holiday
Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
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#American Musician #Individuality

Billie Holiday
I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
Billie Holiday
#American Musician

Billie Holiday
A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
If I don't have friends, then I ain't got nothing.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
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.
Billie Holiday
#American Musician

Billie Holiday
I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.
Billie Holiday
#Song And Singing

Billie Holiday
People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.
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#American Musician

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One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.
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#American Musician

Billie Holiday
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. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you're crazy. It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing.
Billie Holiday
#Drugs