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Billie Holiday Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Billie Holiday.

If I don't have friends, then I ain't got nothing.
- Billie Holiday

One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
- Billie Holiday

Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
- Billie Holiday

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

 

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

A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
- Billie Holiday

Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.
- Billie Holiday

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

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

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

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.
- 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

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.
- Billie Holiday

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

You can't copy anybody and end with anything.
If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling.
- Billie Holiday

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

All dope can do for you is kill you...
the long hard way.
And it can kill the people you love right along with you.
- 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

There's no damn business like show business -
you have to smile to keep from throwing up.
- Billie Holiday

They think they can make fuel from horse manure -
now,
I don't know if your car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon,
but it's sure gonna put a stop to siphoning.
- 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.
- Billie Holiday

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

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

I make friends with my fear. I am unstoppable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us,
as the confidence of their help.
- Epicurus

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.
- Jacques Delille

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I no doubt deserved my enemies,
but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman

The making of friends, who are real friends,
is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
- Edward Everett Hale

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

"Appeasement" is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile,
one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is better to be in chains with friends,
than to be in a garden with strangers.
- Persian Proverb

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes.
They are kind to one another's dreams.
- Henry David Thoreau

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Anonymous

Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
- Aristotle

Choose your friends carefully.
Your enemies will choose you.
- Yasser Arafat

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families.
- Anonymous

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

"We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet.
"Even longer," Pooh answered.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I choose my friends for their good looks,
my acquaintances for their good characters,
and my enemies for their intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

Good friends are like stars ...
you don't always see them,
but you know they are always there.
- Anonymous

We'll be friends until forever, just you wait and see.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One measure of friendship consists
not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
- Clifton Fadiman

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that
they can grow separately without growing apart.
- Elisabeth Foley

Could we see when and where we are to meet again,
we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
- Ouida

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
- Sir Walter Scott

The best way to keep your friends
is not to give them away.
- Wilson Mizner

True friends are appreciative and never demanding.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship with one's self is all important,
because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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