Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.— Ella Fitzgerald
The most wonderful Ella Fitzgerald quotes that are little-known but priceless
It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.
Blue skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see
Music is the universal language ... it brings people closer together.
It's not where you come from, but where you are going that matters.
The only thing better than singing is more singing.
I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.
A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside... I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.
I've had some wonderful love affairs and some that didn't work out.
I don't want to dwell on that and I don't want to put people down, but I think all the fabulous places I've been, the wonderful things that have happened for me, the great people I've met - that ought to make a story.
The fabulous places I've been, wonderful things that've happened, great people I've met ought to make a story.
Ella knows her way around her voice as very few people today.
But there are times when she seems to be unaware there are things the human voice just doesn't do. She does them.
[On bebop years] All I did was sing 'How High the Moon.' It seemed like the only song I ever sang.
She has been more famous, over a longer time span, than any other female singer.
Every time I look down on this timeless town, whether blue or gray be her skies, whether loud be her cheers, or whether soft be her tears, more and more do I realize that...I love Paris.
Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today - that's what it means, it means it was worth all of it.
When we were at the Apollo, Holiday was a block away. I asked her for her autograph.
Once, when we were playing at the Apollo Theater, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don't know if it was the right thing to do—I asked her for her autograph.
She is amazingly creative, bringing so much more to a song than just a singer.
She is a first-class musician and the most gracious person in the world.
Sometimes when we're flying or in the hotel, I might run over songs, or in the bathroom.
I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.
Everybody wants to know about my style and how it came about.
It's no big secret. It's the way I feel.
I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved.
And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.
I don't want to say the wrong thing, which I always do. I think I do better when I sing.
Whatever she does to my songs, she always makes them sound better.
I think I do better when I sing.
What everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved.
Listen to her voice, don't look at her.
You take romance - I'll take Jell-O.
Some kids in Italy call me 'Mama Jazz;
I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me 'Grandma Jazz.'
Nobody else even approaches the trumpet like [Sweets Edison] does: Never too much and always plenty. He's the greatest trumpet player to play along with singers. He exactly knows how to play with you, how to answer you about what you just sang ... On top of that, he has some great sense of humor, both as a musician and as a man. Every time I see him, I'm laughing so much. Sweets is impeccable and incomparable.
I used to be very self-conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. My cousin Georgia always taught me that if you smile, people will like you. Sometimes people will say something you don't like, and you get angry a bit, but you just smile. You let it go by, even if you really would like to choke 'em. By smiling, I think I've made more friends than if I was the other way.