Billie Holiday quotes

Born
April 7, 1915 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Died
July 17, 1959.

Occupation
Singer.

Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.
– Billie Holiday
There’s no damn business like show business – you have to smile to keep from throwing up.
– 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 never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.
– 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
If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.
– Billie Holiday
I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.
– Billie Holiday
A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.
– 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
Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.
– Billie Holiday
Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.
– Billie Holiday
I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.
– 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
Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.
– 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
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