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For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. Reba McEntire, musician
  • music

I think people who don't believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn't make? Little Richard, musician
  • beautiful

When you're singing you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It's happening. Taylor Swift, musician
  • audience

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. Voltaire (Fran, writer
  • Singing

Singing really is acting. In a lot of ways, it's much more personal. I love music, and being able to work on that is amazing. Leighton Meester, actress
  • able

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me. T.S. Eliot,
  • loneliness

Singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth. Edith Piaf, musician
  • another

He who sings, frightens away all his ills. Anonymous,
  • Singing

It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them. Hilaire Belloc, poet
  • Singing

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory. Alexander Smith, poet
  • Singing

The only thing better than singing is more singing. Ella Fitzgerald, musician
  • birthday

After about three lessons my voice teacher said, 'Don't take voice lessons. Do it your way. You're a song stylist. Always do it your way.' Johnny Cash, musician
  • Singing

I'd rather be dead than singing Satisfaction when I'm forty-five. Mick Jagger, musician
  • Singing

There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few. Edgar Allan Poe, poet
  • Singing

When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
  • Singing

If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning. Simon Cowell, entertainer
  • drowning

In opera, there is always too much singing. Claude Debussy, composer
  • opera

And I told her point blank, you've got everything to live for. You've got such talent. You're back singing great, lose the weight. And she went and did it, and look at her now! David Gest, celebrity
  • blank

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance. Victor Borge, musician
  • Singing

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture! Robert Browning, poet
  • Singing

Let who will make the laws of a nation so long as I am permitted to make her songs. Andrew Fletcher, writer
  • Singing

Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song? Matthew Prior, poet
  • Singing

You're going to be entertained. But when you finish hearing me singing, you're going to want to keep going, and you're going to keep believing and that's the kind of artist I am. Jacob Lusk, musician
  • artist

I think singing traditional country is wonderful, because I'm bringing it to my generation and to the younger kids. LeAnn Rimes, musician
  • bringing

I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way. Barbra Streisand, actress
  • actress

My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed! Anne Sullivan, educator
  • all

I don't want the giant ego. I don't want to become Kevin Costner, singing on the soundtrack to The Postman. Joss Whedon, writer
  • become

My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremendous music education. Renee Fleming, musician
  • dinner

There really aren't any completely Asian people singing right now. Utada Hikaru, musician
  • asian

I can't remember a time when I wasn't singing. Dinah Shore, actress
  • remember

Singing becomes a form of therapy. Placido Domingo, musician
  • becomes

If you don't ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It's like the marathon runner. You've got to run, run, run to stay in shape. Sammy Hagar, musician
  • marathon

But I was singing loud, and most singers weren't singing loud. Little Richard, musician
  • loud

Hopefully I'll be successful with the singing, but there are so many other things I want to do, like acting. I'll do them one at a time first! Katie Price, model
  • acting

Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so. W. H. Auden, poet
  • Singing

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page. Joan Baez, musician
  • Singing

Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet
  • Singing

The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs. Melissa Etheridge, musician
  • Singing

If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation. Andrew Fletcher, writer
  • Singing

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, musician
  • Singing

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, musician
  • Singing

This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist. Horace, poet
  • Singing

It is not worth singing for ourselves; it is nicer if two people sing together. Then more people: hundreds, thousands, until the huge Harmony can be heard, in which we can all be just one, indeed. Then will we be able to say: Zolt,
  • Singing

If your neighbor looks at you like they don't enjoy the key you're singing in, look right back, bless them, and keep on singing. Odetta,
  • Singing

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history. Pete Seeger, musician
  • Singing

The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone. . . . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin not sounding like them, but playing the voice like those instrumentalists. Frank Sinatra, musician
  • Singing

The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death. Henry Miller, author
  • confounded

Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives! Mahalia Jackson, musician
  • arrives

The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands. Maria Jeritza,
  • acting

I was equally in love with singing and acting from an early age. Minnie Driver, actress
  • acting

I started singing in the bathroom. Nothing was coming out. It was ghastly. Rod Stewart, musician
  • bathroom

The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference. Jill Scott, musician
  • artists

With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America's exalted purpose and inspiring way of life? Adlai Stevenson, politician
  • america

I have often heard the statement made by foreign singers, as a demonstrated fact, that the German artists are artists in feeling indeed, and serious in their devotion, but that their singing is crude. Anton Seidl, celebrity
  • artists

It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality, not only by singing their parts to some of his artists, but acting out the smallest details, and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes. Anton Seidl, celebrity
  • acting

I was always musical - yelling when I was a baby, singing into a brush and singing in the shower. Susan Boyle, musician
  • baby

Singing for royalty is a dream of mine - I'd absolutely love to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show. All the contestants are very good. I will just have to do my best and see what happens. Susan Boyle, musician
  • absolutely

I didn't understand that I could sing until I was like 11 or 12. My mom heard me singing around the house and she said, What are you doing? You really can sing! So then I started going to school and singing to the girls. Chris Brown, musician
  • house

I write a lot of lyrics and I'm involved in the producing process, because it's like, if I'm singing it, I want it to be something that I can relate to. Lindsay Lohan, actress
  • write

My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem. Colin Firth, actor
  • apology

The type of music that I love to sing would have to be more bluesy and jazzy and more soul-like 'cause I love to belt when it comes to singing, so I guess bigger songs are what I lean more towards. Thia Megia, musician
  • belt

I prefer to sing in the shower 'cause the acoustics are really, really good, I mean, when you're singing against the tile walls then you really hear yourself, hear your voice, you know, throwing itself back at you. Thia Megia, musician
  • acoustics

My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen - I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz. Casey Abrams, musician
  • favorite

I appreciate what others have done in the past especially for my genre, and my style of singing. And they sure put a footprint - you know, they got the foot in the door, but I'm going to put my foot straight through the door. James Durbin, musician
  • appreciate

I just want to make everybody feel what I'm singing. And just to relate to me and know that this has been dream since I was a little girl. I've worked so hard for this, and I just want them to connect with me. Pia Toscano, musician
  • connect

What was important to me was entertaining the audience, and whether that meant winning, losing, singing, or whatever it was on the live show we were doing every week, which was awesome, I was game for it. Dwayne Johnson, actor
  • audience

I'd love to do a musical. I've been known to have a good step or two. I'm half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily. Dwayne Johnson, actor
  • culture

My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin. Fiona Shaw, actress
  • adores

I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion. Fiona Shaw, actress
  • aside

I'll never forget when we played Shepherd's Bush in London. We played 'I Run To You', and we put the mic out for the last chorus, and you could hear them singing the chorus with the beautiful accent that they have. Hillary Scott, musician
  • accent

Well, you know, people don't know me as a country artist and I am new to the genre. But that's how I grew up singing. Kristin Chenoweth, actress
  • artist

No, I've been singing forever. I started out doing musicals. I think that was part of the reason why they gave me the part, because I sang. Zooey Deschanel, actress
  • forever

I can't even remember the first time I started singing. Zooey Deschanel, actress
  • first

As far as I'm concerned, I'm now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose. I'm not going to be singing songs that I made in the past. I closed the door on that incarnation of Sinead O'Connor. Sinead O'Connor, musician
  • far

I like singing as much as I like acting, and all through high school I thought I might be a Broadway singer. Zooey Deschanel, actress
  • acting

I happen to think singing is hilarious, especially when it pops out at the wrong time. Ed Helms, comedian
  • especially

I wasn't really the most charming person, socially - it took me a long time to develop my people skills - but the one place I was always comfortable was onstage, acting or singing. Zooey Deschanel, actress
  • acting

I had to teach myself to let go of the conventional rock way of playing guitar and singing. Some things you wouldn't expect to work, did and some things won't ever work. Chris Cornell, musician
  • conventional

De La Hoya doesn't know about salsa. He should keep on singing mariachis and leave the salsa to me. I'm good at salsa. Roberto Duran, athlete
  • leave

There's little kids on trains coming up to me, singing my theme song, and they can barely walk. Andy Milonakis, comedian
  • barely

I always enjoy it when I walk on stage. There were some times when I was working so much in the '80s, and I felt really burnt-out. But I'd be up there singing and not be 10,000 million miles away, you know, just opening my mouth and the words coming out. George Strait, musician
  • coming

A musical film is my idea of heaven. You can pre-record, you don't have to sing live. Singing live was the bit I hated the most. I never felt like a confident singer. Billie Piper, actress
  • bit

There's not enough money in the world to get me singing 'Because We Want To' again. I wouldn't do it. I think Beyonce Knowles got a couple of million for a private show but I would be happy to turn it down. Billie Piper, actress
  • again

I could have easily been too afraid to say 'yes' to Chicago, because it requires so much I haven't done before. If I am a flop at singing and dancing, maybe my love for it will carry me through. America Ferrera, actress
  • afraid

In singing, there's a vibration that comes from deep down inside, literally from your sex. When you put out that vibration, people can feel it. Billie Holiday does it. Peggy Lee does it. It's very hot. Elizabeth Berkley, actress
  • billie

I dream about singing. I would love to sing and write. Emmanuelle Beart, actress
  • dream

If you look at the guys in the '70s, like Led Zeppelin, they had bigger planes than we do, they had more money. But they weren't singing about it. Lenny Kravitz, musician
  • bigger

When an analogy is really singing, it's what you want it to be. Ethan Hawke, actor
  • analogy

There were times in my career I went a little further than I wanted because of expectations. Doing certain things onstage when children were in the audience, wearing certain clothes, singing certain lyrics. Cheryl James, musician
  • audience

I will always be singing. Mario Vazquez, celebrity
  • singing

You can sometimes get your own feelings across more strongly if you pretend that you're singing it from someone else's angle. But it's always from me. It's just a new way of framing it. Chris Martin, musician
  • angle

For me the voice is the most important, but making your singing believable makes a great performer. Hollie Cavanagh, musician
  • believable

When I'm singing a song, I picture somebody in particular. A lot of it is to a guy. Leighton Meester, actress
  • guy

I've taken singing lessons since I was young, just to work on technique. Skylar Laine, musician
  • lessons

For me, singing is the most natural thing in the world. I've grown up with it and I know I've got that gift. Stella McCartney, designer
  • gift

Describing the person I am would best be through music. When I'm up on stage and I'm singing my heart out, I am always reminded of life's best things. Thia Megia, musician
  • best

Singing is my passion and I always wanted to travel the country. Thia Megia, musician
  • country

Singing and entertainment are now my first priority. William Hung, entertainer
  • entertainment

I love hard singing. Alison Krauss, musician
  • hard

I do catch myself driving around singing tunes, but I don't know if it's necessarily show tunes. Bryan Clay, athlete
  • catch

I have been singing for as long as I could talk. Delta Goodrem, actress
  • long

I didn't know that I could do a talk show. I didn't know that we could bring variety to daytime. I didn't know that people wanted to see singing, and dancing and comedy in the morning. Wayne Brady, comedian
  • bring

I make the songs and part of making them is singing them. But what you hear is not me. It's the song. It's through me. Will Oldham, musician
  • hear

What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music - participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing. Will Oldham, musician
  • called

Rihanna has guts and she always seems to be singing from someplace honest, dark and fierce. Carrie Brownstein, musician
  • dark

I know that I can sing really loud. It's like having that really big Evinrude engine on the back of your fishing boat. But I've been trying to be more dynamic with my voice, and not just singing on 10 all of the time out of terror. Neko Case, musician
  • big

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf. Marshall McLuhan, philosopher
  • being

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade. Rudyard Kipling, writer
  • gardening

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. George Edward Moore, philosopher
  • love

How nice the human voice is when it isn't singing. Rudolf Bing, musician
  • human

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. Billie Holiday, musician
  • chinese

I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke. Spike Milligan, comedian
  • harry

My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing. Jennifer Lopez, musician
  • front

My heart is like a singing bird. Christina Rossetti, poet
  • bird

I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts. Christopher Walken, actor
  • bit

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. Lou Rawls, musician
  • communication

Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Olivia Newton-John, musician
  • done

I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride. Muriel Rukeyser, poet
  • clear

Who's judging American Idol? Paula Abdul? Paula Abdul judging a singing contest is like Christopher Reeve judging a dance contest! Chris Rock, comedian
  • american

I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know. Billie Holiday, musician
  • change

I created Punk for this day and age. Do you see Britney walking around wearing ties and singing punk? Hell no. That's what I do. I'm like a Sid Vicious for a new generation. Avril Lavigne, musician
  • age

I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again. Arthur Freed, producer
  • again

I really enjoy singing and I really enjoy acting, but singing I've been doing since I was really young. Lindsay Lohan, actress
  • acting

I was always singing and dancing for my mother when I wasn't glued to the television watching I Love Lucy or the Carol Burnett Show. Debra Messing, actress
  • burnett

I started singing at the Met when I was seven, and the competition was so fierce that it really prepared me. Emily Rossum,
  • competition

You can alter movie singing so much because you go into the recording studio and, just technology for recording has gotten so good, you can hold out a note and they can combine a note from take 2 and a note from take 8. Anne Hathaway, actress
  • alter

After using four different languages on an album, it's tough to decide which one I'm gonna actually learn to speak. I always study the lyric, make sure I know what I'm singing, and try to get the pronunciation as perfect as possible. Josh Groban, musician
  • album

In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant, a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had. That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing. Norah Jones, musician
  • best

Retire? Not on your life. I have no plans to stop singing. What are you going to do when you love music? It's a terrible disease. You can't stop. Of course, I'd like to get off the road. Peggy Lee, musician
  • course

In fact, people have been very complimentary about my act and very tolerant of my singing ability. Brett Somers, actress
  • ability

I was singing in a mall, and I picked a girl to come up onstage with me. As I was grabbing her hand, I fell off the stage. It felt like I was in the air forever, flying like Superman. Aaron Carter, musician
  • air

I'm very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I'm singing. Fantasia Barrino, musician
  • church

I was just trying out and having some fun. I don't think I'd want to pursue singing as a career; it's an on-the-side thing. It would be great if I could make a career out of it but if I can't, that's OK too. William Hung, entertainer
  • career

My singing wasn't horrible, but my dancing really made it look silly. It's not like I'm a horrible singer that can't sing. But I don't have the consistency or the presentation skills that a good performer has. William Hung, entertainer
  • consistency

In some ways, I've always approached singing as acting, and the voice is just like a way of carrying the song. Petula Clark, musician
  • acting

When I sing, I pick out people in the audience and pinpoint on them. So if you feel that I am singing just for you, you may be right! Glenn Hughes, musician
  • audience

What I like about playing America is you can be pretty sure you're not going to get hit with a full can of beer when you're singing and I really enjoy that! Joe Strummer, musician
  • america

The singing was something I got from my father. Woody Herman, musician
  • father

I really love singing. Andrea Corr, musician
  • love

Rock n' Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That's what rock n' roll should do - take you to a better place. Meat Loaf, musician
  • place

Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done. Michelle Shocked, musician
  • acceptance

I think that one of Elvis' charms was that he could sing almost any kind of music. I am sure that in his heart, which I don't know what was there, but just from his singing I could feel that he was very partial to gospel music. Patti Page, musician
  • almost

Listen to the lyrics - we're singing about everyday life: rich people trying to keep money, poor people tying to get it, and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife! Buddy Guy, musician
  • everyday

I hope that what it comes down to at the end of the day is that people believe that I believe what I'm singing. It comes down to being believable. You don't have to be likeable; generally, though, I think I am. John Mayer, musician
  • being

I'm singing what I want to sing based on the emotion of what that day feels like. That's what comes out of my mouth and guitar. That impacts people. They know anything can happen. John Mayer, musician
  • anything

When I'm up on stage, I don't think about anything except the song I'm singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can't think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow! Louise Nurding, musician
  • anything

Half the battle is selling music, not singing it. It's the image, not what you sing. Rod Stewart, musician
  • battle

Singing is the love of my life, but I was ready to give it all up because I couldn't handle people talking about how fat I was. Stevie Nicks, musician
  • fat

My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz. Dan Hicks, musician
  • acoustic

Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life. Celia Cruz, musician
  • life


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