Inspirational Quotes from Tony Bennett

To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive. And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.

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It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you’re different than anyone else.

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I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I’m a singer. So I sing.

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I think one of the reasons I’m popular again is because I’m wearing a tie. You have to be different.

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The United States created the best popular songs that were ever written, and from the 1920s to the 1940s, it was a renaissance period. It stopped in 1950.

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I was possessed with a wonderful example of my Italian American family. They would come over and join us every Sunday, all my aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces, and I would sing for them.

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No matter what age you are, there’s a lot of room for learning.

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When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art.

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I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all of the time.

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Every week, as an 11-year-old kid, I would tune in to what was really the first American Idol-type program, a radio show called ‘Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour.’ The winning group on the evening of September 8, 1935, was called the Hoboken Four, and their spokesman was Frank Sinatra, then aged 19.

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If something is good, it’s always good. You don’t have to change it.

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I study nature, and I realize that no matter how much you learn, you can’t top nature.

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Presley is country music, white music. Jazz is black music – it was invented by the blacks in New Orleans. And I’m really a jazz singer. I was impressed with Elvis – he was the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person, too. But the music doesn’t impress me.

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Every day feels like just starting out because I still have so much more to learn.

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I’d like to prove that if you take care of yourself, you can actually not regret the fact that you’ve become an old-timer, but you can just still improve and actually get better.

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I lived for 15 years in Los Angeles, and I still can’t believe that the handsomest man in the world, Cary Grant, and the greatest performer in the world, Fred Astaire, and Johnny Carson, one after another – they were all in my home at different times. I celebrated my 50th birthday with them. Unforgettable.

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I’ll never retire.

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My whole premise has been, right from the beginning, that it would take me a lifetime to learn to explain myself as an artist. As you grow older, you learn what to do and what to leave out. You kind of simplify your work and get the same thing done with fewer strokes. It’s pretty interesting to me.

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I love entertaining people; I strive to make them feel good, and they make me feel wonderful. To explain it simply, I like what I do, and my ambition is to get better as I get older. That’s really what I’m all about.

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Sinatra invited me once to his birthday party in L.A. I was young, and I felt great about it. But when I got there, the Rat Pack were all in the kitchen laughing their heads off.

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I loved my mom so much because she had to work on a penny just to put food on the table… During the Depression in the United States, everybody had a tough time. And I was so hurt because she was crying that she didn’t have any food for us for Thanksgiving.

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I’ve been very fortunate. I’m doing what I love, and I’m getting away with it, you know?

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I have grown to appreciate the power of believing in myself and of always having faith in myself. I rarely look back; instead, I always look forward. There is so much of life that we miss when we wallow in regret.

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My whole life has been singing and painting. I just do those two things.

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Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for.

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The young people look great on television. They’re youthful and have a lot of zip and energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven’t got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half or so.

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To work is to feel alive.

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I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.

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I’ve been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’ve been sold out all over the world.

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I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today.

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More than anybody else I’d like to thank Count Basie for teaching me how to perform.

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Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose bumps.

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Never treat the audience disrespectfully.

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In America, at the beginning of talkies, they pulled Fred Astaire from the theaters and put him on the screen and had all of these great composers write songs for him. They call it the Great American Songbook; I call it the Fred Astaire Songbook because they were written for him.

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Johnny Mercer started Capitol Records, and he brought in Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. He just let them sing whatever they wanted, and it became the best record company in America.

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As a young boy, I did a lot of foolish things. I made a lot of mistakes. And you live and learn.

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I respected Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Those were my heroes, and they were 10 years older than I was.

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Lady Gaga is the Picasso of the entertainment world. She’s very intelligent.

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The singers who are the most honest are the ones who become immortalized.

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Every show is different. The public has always been nice to me. I’m fortunate that way.

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Singing is a gift.

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I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43.

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When you hear a great two-track of a performance in Carnegie Hall, let’s say, it sounds like you’re right there at that moment. It’s true to reality. And the closer it gets, once it gets too technical, it becomes very tinny to hear notes. It doesn’t sound right. It has to be natural.

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I don’t sing operatically, and I sing very intimately, but I still do the scales, and I think in terms of intonation and making sure that I’m hitting the notes right on the head… and having it appear quite effortless.

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The whole music world is based on the young, the very young people.

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I loved Art Tatum! And, through him, and other different jazz musicians, I actually found my technique.

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I grew up in an era where the record companies just sold records to everybody, and the whole family bought songs.

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I still have a lot to learn. I’m concentrating on learning a lot more about music.

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I’ve never worked a day in my life.

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I get up, and boy, I can’t wait to paint and study music and keep learning. I just love it.

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I was taught never to compromise: to never sing a cheap song. I never look down at the audience and think that they are ignorant or think that I’m more intelligent than they are. To think otherwise is totally incorrect and runs contrary to everything I was raised to believe.

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If music sounds dated, it means it wasn’t very good in the first place.

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