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Billy Eckstine Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Billy Eckstine.

I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.
- Billy Eckstine

It taught me something.
It taught you your craft.
- Billy Eckstine

You can't sing about love unless you know about it.
- Billy Eckstine

I'm used to hearing myself.
My own voice.
- Billy Eckstine

 

Oh, yeah.
I know Dizzy.
For years he's been my buddy way, way,
way back.
Dizzy is one of the most astute guys and one of the
most learned guys in the world and knows exactly what he's doing musically.
- Billy Eckstine

If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college.
But if you want to be a musician or such,
study your craft.
Study music.
- Billy Eckstine

I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch.
I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect
pitch can drive you crazy.
- Billy Eckstine

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My youngest daughter sings.
She's going to be very good.
She's graduated from Music School and she's been working
down around and getting her feet wet,
you know.
I had her out with me for a year just showing her the ropes a little bit,
but she's going to be all right.
- Billy Eckstine

I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me.
None whatsoever.
The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter
brown than other people of my race,
maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors.
- Billy Eckstine

It was my band.
I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band.
Dizzy was the first musical director with the band.
Charlie Parker was in the band.
But, no, no, that was my band.
- Billy Eckstine

I just went to Harvard a little while,
because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington
and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long
because I went into show business.
- Billy Eckstine

I was still in school at the time and Cab was very
popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did.
- Billy Eckstine

When you're playing music, say for instance,
you're playing a part of the band and you're looking at your music,
your horn is down into the stand.
This way, it's up and it goes right on out to the audience,
you know?
- Billy Eckstine

L.A.
is kind of laid back, but New York, everybody is out there for that buck,
you know.
- Billy Eckstine

When Byrd came out of there, he had written a lot things
while he was in the hospital.
- Billy Eckstine

Piano should be the one.
Yeah, because that's your basis.
Everything is right there in front of you.
- Billy Eckstine

I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business
so everything was bright to me.
I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that.
- Billy Eckstine

Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record
and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000
people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet.
- Billy Eckstine

You know, times change and the elements change along with it.
The elements of success.
And my son's very successful.
He's doing very well.
And I have a younger daughter who sings.
- Billy Eckstine

Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame,
a tenor saxophonist.
Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and
he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there,
he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago.
- Billy Eckstine

I think a song that's got something to say.
I'm not much on gimmicks.
I never have been because they don't last.
But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it,
you know, that means something.
- Billy Eckstine

As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down.
I guess there's a reason that according to what the
Caucasian wanted us to look like.
He wanted us to look-if we were Black,
then he had his idea of what we look like.
- Billy Eckstine

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink,
but they whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves their conduct,
will pursue their principles unto death.
- Thomas Paine

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual.
If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history.
- Albert Schweitzer

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul
grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

BUILD UP YOUR CIRCLE....
A mind that perceives
What can rationally be.
A spirit that sees
Innovative possibility.
A heart that is open to
Both beginnings and ends.
A firm hand that fits readily
To the reach of a friend.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward,
and yet not go forward fast enough
to wreck the country's cause.
- Abraham Lincoln

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation
with the bricks others have thrown at him.
- David Brinkley

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes,
but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I don't doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God.
It's religion I'm doubting.
- Bono

I am a firm believer in the people.
If given the truth, they can be depended upon
to meet any national crisis.
The great point is to bring them the real facts.
- Abraham Lincoln

You actually can make it, no matter what.
I truly am a firm believer in that.
Eminem's living proof.
- Brittany Murphy

Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that
we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave
us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.
- Lech Walesa

If a person goes to his job with a firm determination
to give of himself the best of which he is capable,
that job no matter what it is takes on dignity and importance.
- Hortense Odlum

I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity
is the basis of everything,
and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.
- Gustave Flaubert

The distance is great from the firm belief to the realization
from concrete experience.
- Isabella I

I believed that our own public would keep this in mind
even in this serious crisis,
and stand firm if only we at the front continued to stand firm too.
- Paul von Hindenburg

We have only one task, to stand firm and carry on the
racial struggle without mercy.
- Heinrich Himmler

I'm a firm believer in putting your money where your mouth is.
- Teri Hatcher

I have always argued that change becomes stressful
and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of
the constancy of your life.
You need firm ground to stand on.
From there, you can deal with that change.
- Richard Nelson Bolles

I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to
quit the game of chess completely.
I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play
competitive chess anymore.
- Garry Kasparov

I started out typing and filing and answering the phones
for a little nine-person firm.
And that nine-person firm gave me my chance to find my own way.
- Carly Fiorina

As a member of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics,
I am a firm believer in the American space program.
- Randy Forbes

A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion.
Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses;
having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
- Augustus Hare

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra.
In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.
- Fran Lebowitz

When the pressure comes, preferences give way while convictions hold firm.
- Edwin Louis Cole

The only thing that matters is that we stand firm.
- Heinrich Himmler

I'm a firm believer that in the theory that people
only do their best at things they truly enjoy.
It is difficult to excel at something you don't enjoy.
- Jack Nicklaus

However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph
of humanist and progressive values that mankind has
achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness.
- Tran Duc Luong

I'm a firm believer that it's not the way you look or what you have,
but what you've got inside.
- Krista Allen

He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye,
particularly if he adds a firm handshake,
is hiding something.
- Clifton Fadiman

I will listen to Mr Bush but my position is very clear and very firm.
The occupation is a fiasco.
There have been almost more deaths after the war than during the war.
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

I'm a firm believer that actors take to work who they aren't at home.
People show their other self in their art or in their work.
- Robin Tunney

With a firm and steadfast mind one should hold under all conditions,
that everywhere the earth is below and the sky above,
and to the energetic man, every region is his fatherland.
- Tycho Brahe

We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO.
We have a firm commitment to Europe.
We are a part of Europe.
- Dan Quayle

Stride forward with a firm, steady step knowing with a deep,
certain inner knowing that you will reach every goal you set yourselves,
that you will achieve every aim .
- Eileen Caddy

It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls,
by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
- R. Lee Ermey

The Republic is open and tolerant but also knows how
and when to be firm and make its values respected.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I am a firm believer in if you can't get it the old fashioned way,
you don't need it.
- Bo Jackson

The purpose firm is equal to the deed.
- Edward Young

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively,
forcible, firm, steady conception of an object,
than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
- David Hume

However, my father was a publisher and it was expected
that I would become a publisher as well -
in his firm.
- Dick Bruna

In 1998, I founded the American Center for Law and Justice,
probably the premier public interest law firm in America
defending the rights of believers.
- Pat Robertson

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy
that can lift us out of our difficulties.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

We all need a firm sense of identity.
- Christopher Eccleston


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