110+ Aretha Franklin Quotes On Music, Soulful And Powerful

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Top 10 Aretha Franklin Quotes (BEST)

  1. We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right.
  2. True love has no hiding place, it’s not something you just put away.
  3. I'm a big woman. I need big hair.
  4. If you disrespect everybody that you run into, how in the world do you think everybody's supposed to respect you?
  5. Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away!
  6. Better friends than lovers. Sugar can't you see? You need you and I really need me.
  7. As a parent you try to maintain a certain amount of control and so you have this tug-of-war ... You have to learn when to let go. And that's not easy.
  8. When God loves you, what can be better than that?
  9. Women have broken through the glass ceiling, and they're now more and more in the power seats.
  10. I love to sing. It's just a natural thing for me.

Aretha Franklin Image Quotes

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I'm a big woman. I need big hair. — Aretha Franklin

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Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away! — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotes On Music

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My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left . . . I'm gonna make a gospel record and tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone. — Aretha Franklin

I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well. — Aretha Franklin

I've always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music. — Aretha Franklin

 quote Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.

For many years, I've wanted to do one, and I've always mentioned it to the chieftains, and they would say things like, 'Oh well. Christmas albums don't sell,' and things like that. But that's not the point. Christmas albums are important. The music is important. The season is important. — Aretha Franklin

Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening. — Aretha Franklin

My mentor was Clara Ward of the famous Ward gospel singers of Philadelphia. And my dad was my coach. He coached me. And just my natural love for music is what drove me. — Aretha Franklin

As long as it's good music. I love all music. It's got to be constructed properly. — Aretha Franklin

I like writing and don't confine myself to just the words or just the music. But I don't particularly write songs with myself in mind. — Aretha Franklin

R&B is not a fad; it's the truth. — Aretha Franklin

Music changes, and I'm gonna change right along with it. — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotes On Love

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I love 'Anne of Green Gables.' I have for years. That's one of my favourite things. She's such a can-do kind of girl; that's why I'm crazy about her. — Aretha Franklin

On the sly, scoping for love. — Aretha Franklin

Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. — Aretha Franklin

I love Wal-Mart, and not just because my record is there. You can get some things there that you cannot find at Saks or Bergdorf's or other upscale stores. — Aretha Franklin

I like 'Bootylicious,' 'Survivor' - my little granddaughter loves 'Survivor.' — Aretha Franklin

I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It's very, very gratifying. — Aretha Franklin

I loved going to church. I enjoyed being a part of the choir and just doing things in and around the church. But as a young girl, I certainly enjoyed watching and listening to my dad. — Aretha Franklin

Clark Terry is an American Master. I love to listen to him, particularly 'Mumbles.' I was so delighted when we received degrees together, along with Edward Kennedy, at the New England Conservatory in 1997. — Aretha Franklin

Falling out of love is like losing weight. It's a lot easier putting it on than taking it off. — Aretha Franklin

I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey - like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone. — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotes On Soulful

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If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about. — Aretha Franklin

Judy Garland is a singer with a capital S. And talk about soul. This woman was soul personified. Judy Garland is a class by herself. — Aretha Franklin

Soul is a constant. It's cultural. It's always going to be there, in different flavors and degrees. — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotes On People

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In terms of helping people understand and know each other a little better, music is universal - universal and transporting. — Aretha Franklin

You have singers that are trained, and then you have natural singers: people that, in my opinion, were just born to sing. And hopefully, I am one of them. — Aretha Franklin

I certainly enjoy Usher, Beyonce, Chris Brown, and there is Fantasia; these people will be around a while. They've got it. They've got the 'it' factor. — Aretha Franklin

I wanted to design a line based on Hollywood's Golden Era. I talked with Stephen Burrows and with Willi Smith and with one or two other people, but it just seems like such a hard field to break into. I need someone like Calvin Klein's manager to get behind me! — Aretha Franklin

I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society. — Aretha Franklin

Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well. — Aretha Franklin

I've been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well. — Aretha Franklin

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don't know that I've ever heard any geniuses. — Aretha Franklin

My American audiences are pretty mixed. I get all sorts of people, old and young. It's nice. — Aretha Franklin

People really don't have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. And just don't let that go to your head, whatever it is they give you. — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotes On Church

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I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks. — Aretha Franklin

My upbringing was in the church. We had to attend regularly. And, of course, the church provided a training ground for me, so to speak, as a young vocalist and certainly gave me all of the spiritual values that I needed as a young lady. — Aretha Franklin

Let's start with the church. As you know, it's my background, it's a natural setting for me and it's definitely my roots. — Aretha Franklin

I had not been in the jazz environment, having been brought up in the church. But once I got to New York, and I was signed to perform at The Village Gate and the Vanguard and clubs like that, and these - the Vanguard was one of the most elite, if not the most elite, jazz club out there. — Aretha Franklin

I was in my dad's church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was 'Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.' — Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Short Quotes

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  • The milk of kindness flows through my body, I shall follow Jesus to the Taco Bell and give thanks.
  • I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That's the hardest thing more than anything else.
  • I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses.
  • Ariana Grande - I like her a lot.
  • Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.
  • And I was booked once to go on 'Ed Sullivan' and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.
  • The term 'Sock it to me!' was a big, big thing in our neighborhood - all the kids were saying it.
  • Certainly, gospel was my background - is my background.
  • It's very satisfying. To perform the way you want to. And the way you know that you can.
  • My faith always has been and always will be important to me.

Aretha Franklin Famous Quotes And Sayings

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I'm a big woman. I need big hair. — Aretha Franklin

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Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away! — Aretha Franklin

You're a no good heartbreaker, you're a liar, and you're a cheat. I don't know why I let you do these things to me. — Aretha Franklin

Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don't, it hurts even more. — Aretha Franklin

And I've been hurt hurt bad. I might be just twenty-six, but I'm an old woman in disguise twenty-six goin'on sixty-five. — Aretha Franklin

I'm never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things. — Aretha Franklin

I don't feel one's personal medical condition is everybody's business. It just isn't something you advertise, and it's not open to discussion. — Aretha Franklin

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that. — Aretha Franklin

I like being married. It's an institution that I like. — Aretha Franklin

Intermittently in my concert format, I sing a little jazz, a little scatting. — Aretha Franklin

Art Tatum was a genius. — Aretha Franklin

Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me. — Aretha Franklin

I don't think I was a catalyst for the women's movement. — Aretha Franklin

I sing to the realists, people who accept it like it is. I express problems. There are tears when it's sad and smiles when it's happy. It seems simple to me, but for some people, I guess feelin' takes courage. — Aretha Franklin

...the people at large absolutely gave James Brown respect. He was an original like a Rembrandt or a Picasso — Aretha Franklin

Men don't like eating out of cans. And I don't like eating out of cans too much, either. — Aretha Franklin

I think you have a lot of really good artists today. You have your Beyonce, Usher, Nicki Minaj and the like. But our generation, the artists were stronger. You're talking about myself, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops. — Aretha Franklin

I just got into Mike Tyson. My security people kept saying, 'Haven't you seen him yet?' Well, I finally did, and he's got a real knockout punch. — Aretha Franklin

I'm really an old-fashioned girl - I like to be romanced. — Aretha Franklin

President Bush bestowed the Congressional Medal on myself. — Aretha Franklin

I guess I could've been a prima ballerina. Or a nurse. Aretha Nightingale! — Aretha Franklin

We didn't have music videos. You weren't an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error. — Aretha Franklin

I've never recorded anything I didn't like. — Aretha Franklin

Most of what I wear, I select myself. You can't please everybody, and as long as I'm comfortable with what I wear, I think that's what's important. — Aretha Franklin

Well, Babyface brings his savoir faire to every project. He's a very easy producer to work with, very detailed in listening to everything. — Aretha Franklin

I've probably cried with a lot of songs - in teenage crushes, adult crushes. — Aretha Franklin

I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches. — Aretha Franklin

Yes, I've always been fashion conscious. — Aretha Franklin

I wouldn't be without Google, and I love Facebook. — Aretha Franklin

I really don't have any shelf music. — Aretha Franklin

Men have always been gentlemen to me - responsible people with healthy attitudes. — Aretha Franklin

Call in the Caped Crusader, Green Hornet, Kato, too. I'm in so much trouble I don't know what to do. — Aretha Franklin

What is auto-tune? I don't even know what auto-tune is. — Aretha Franklin

You could call my piano my trademark, or one of my trademarks. — Aretha Franklin

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me. — Aretha Franklin

I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is. — Aretha Franklin

People are not as nice as they used to be. There used to be a time when we conversed. You don't get a lot of real responses now. They used to be more polite and well-mannered people, generally. It's minimal now. — Aretha Franklin

I sing, and the musicians kind of fit things around me. — Aretha Franklin

Beyonce is very outspoken on feminist issues. So I think that's good. That could be brought to the forefront more. — Aretha Franklin

I paid my dues; I certainly did. — Aretha Franklin

The love of my life? I'm much too young to answer that question. — Aretha Franklin

I'm the lady next door when I'm not on stage. — Aretha Franklin

Well, 20 Grammys is not bad. — Aretha Franklin

Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there. — Aretha Franklin

I haven't had the occasion to meet Adele. She lives in England. So when I'm flying, or when she comes over here, perhaps we'll have a chance. I think she's a very fine singer, a very strong writer and performer. — Aretha Franklin

Prince is gone. But the music will go on. — Aretha Franklin

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it. — Aretha Franklin

Beyonce is a very hard-working woman. Astrologically, for whatever it's worth, she's a Virgo - like Michael Jackson, a hard worker. — Aretha Franklin

I like Beyonce's music - some of it, not all of it. — Aretha Franklin

'Rocking With Leroy' used to come on when I would come in from school. It was a very, very big R&B broadcast of the day when I was a young girl. And I would come in and put my books down, lie down on the floor, and listen to 'Rocking With Leroy.' — Aretha Franklin

I just loved working with George Benson, whom I very much enjoy musically and as a person. — Aretha Franklin

We've come a long way, but there is still a lot of discrimination. — Aretha Franklin

I've done the Kennedy Center many times. I've sang for Marian Anderson. I've sang for Marion Williams. I've sang for Lionel Hampton. — Aretha Franklin

People really don't have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. — Aretha Franklin

Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home. — Aretha Franklin

I've met my share of guys who have insulted and assaulted my intelligence with their stories and games. I say hello and goodbye! — Aretha Franklin

Women absolutely deserve respect. — Aretha Franklin

I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated. I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It's a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin. — Aretha Franklin

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great. — Aretha Franklin

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can't just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn't come off the way you thought it should come off. — Aretha Franklin

I think it would be a far greater world if people were kinder and more respectful to each other. — Aretha Franklin

I love the Ritz. — Aretha Franklin

There's a lot of great singers out here. — Aretha Franklin

President Clinton, I sang at his post-inauguration party out in Maryland. — Aretha Franklin

Many of my friends were there at Motown. The studio was only a few blocks from where my dad's home was, where we lived. — Aretha Franklin

Sam Cooke had a huge influence on me. He left the gospel field at one point and went into the secular, and he had this huge hit, 'You Send Me.' Irma, my older sister, and I heard 'You Send Me' on the radio while we were driving through the South one night. We had to stop the car. We got out and danced around the car out on the highway. — Aretha Franklin

Life Lessons by Aretha Franklin

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  1. Aretha Franklin taught us to stay true to ourselves and never give up on our dreams, no matter the obstacles. She showed us that hard work and dedication can take us far, and that it is possible to achieve success while staying true to our values.
  2. She also showed us the importance of self-love and self-respect, and that we should never settle for anything less than what we deserve.
  3. Lastly, Aretha Franklin demonstrated the power of music to bring people together and to express emotion, and how it can be used to make a positive impact on the world.

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