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Ben E. King Quotes

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It doesn't take me long to write songs.
- Ben E. King

Yeah.
I've been pretty fortunate to travel I guess,
all around the place.
- Ben E. King

I do a lot of Vegas work and work with the comedians.
- Ben E. King

The industry now wants to be in charge of everything.
- Ben E. King

 

I never even visualized for a second doing what I'm doing.
- Ben E. King

The Phil Spector that I would meet has always been a nice,
quiet, little guy who's very serious about his work;
obviously you can tell that because each and everything
he's ever done has always been charted.
- Ben E. King

I do like what Alicia Keys and John Legend are doing.
With their music, you keep your clothes on.
- Ben E. King

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He was a manager, one of the singers,
I guess talent coordinator for the local talent in Harlem.
His name was Lover Patterson.
He was living right across the street from where my dad had his restaurant.
I guess he saw a lot of kids come in,
a lot of my buddies.
- Ben E. King

It would probably take me an hour to two to write it down,
get the feel of it, and that's with quite a few changes.
It's not really a hard thing for me to do.
- Ben E. King

I still think my whole career was accidental.
I didn't pursue it.
I feel like I'm cheating sometimes.
- Ben E. King

You were able to sing something they related to instantly,
because it was part of what you felt.
It was part of what you had already traveled through.
It's part of the people you were associating with daily.
It was all of that.
- Ben E. King

Many times I've gone on tours with Paul Anka.
He would have someone sitting behind him to keep people
from even talking to him.
You were almost in a little restricted area there.
- Ben E. King

And, because there was an honesty about all that was going on.
It connected with the people in the street.
- Ben E. King

The movie is actually from a book by Stephen King called The Body.
When they were gonna put it to a motion picture,
they found the story was a bit too strong for the title The Body,
based on a young kid's movie.
It would be too heavy.
- Ben E. King

Those things don't happen today.
I feel sorry for the kids in the industry today.
They have on sunglasses, eat caviar in jet planes,
but they'll never know the true feeling that we did.
- Ben E. King

One of the members of the group, I can't remember which one,
found out we were making $3 - $5,000 a night.
We were getting a hundred dollars a week a piece.
Everybody got upset about it.
- Ben E. King

If there's anything about the business that I love
and that I'm extremely happy about,
is that my career started at that time and that I met
some of the greatest entertainers at that time and some are still here.
- Ben E. King

Yeah.
I'm amateurish.
I can play enough to write a song, or strum on a little
guitar to write out a song.
But, I don't play well at all.
I wouldn't even attempt for a second to play in public.
- Ben E. King

When I got involved with The Five Crowns who later became The Drifters,
and we got this hit record, I still was looking at
this as kind of a fun thing.
- Ben E. King

We were doing things with a hundred per cent feeling.
It wasn't programmed.
It wasn't asked for.
It wasn't structured.
It was just there.
It was very raw.
I don't think the industry would allow that to happen again.
- Ben E. King

At that time, we were in charge.
We didn't ask.
We just did.
We just did what was in our heart.
- Ben E. King

When we took on the name The Drifters,
we became the new Drifters, and signed a contract to be put on salary,
which I think was like a hundred dollars a week,
a piece, five hundred dollars for all five of us.
- Ben E. King

It never dawned on me at any particular time of my
life that people are paid tremendous money to sing.
- Ben E. King

One minute we can be in a small club,
the next minute we can be in a coliseum,
and the next minute we can be in a small auditorium.
It varies, depending on the promoter,
the budget, and the travelling distance.
- Ben E. King

Of course, the kids who had never heard of a person
called Ben E. King were then aware of the name associated with the song.
That gave a tremendous lift to me as an artist.
- Ben E. King

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

My whole goal is to keep my spirit intact.
If that doesn't happen, none of this is worth it.
- Jewel

Courage is not always about action,
and it doesn't always involve danger,
but courage is always doing what is right.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
- Charles M. Schulz

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

It doesn't matter how long my hair is
or what color my skin is
or whether I'm a woman or a man.
- John Lennon

Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

A man who doesn't trust himself
can never really trust anyone else.
- Cardinal De Retz

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

There is no limit to what a man can do
or where he can go,
if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
- Robert Woodruff

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prayer doesn't change God, but changes him who prays
- Soren Kierkegaard

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Never trust spiritual leader who doesn't dance.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe,
just so you're sincere.
- Linus Van Pelt in Charles M. Schulz' Go Fly A Kite, Charlie Brown

Courage doesn't always roar.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Success doesn't come to you, you go to it.
- Marva Collins

Letting go doesn't mean giving up...
it means moving on.
- Anonymous

God doesn't make junk.
- Anonymous

How many legs does a dog have
if you call the tail a leg? Four.
Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
- Milton Berle

It doesn't matter who my father was.
It matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Life doesn't step on your toes when you Dance Lightly.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a game - a game you can never win.
You already know the final score: Life 1, You 0.
Doesn't mean you can't have fun playing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering cone from falsehood.
It doesn't always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life doesn't play favorites.
- Anonymous

It is amazing how much you can accomplish
when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.
- Anonymous

Talk doesn't cook rice.
- Chinese Proverb

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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