Tony Bennett quotes

  • It's the kind of turn that happened to the great country of Germany, when Nazis came over and created tragic things, and they had to be told off. And if we continue this kind of violence and accept it in our country, the rest of the world's going to really take care of us, in a very bad way.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Country #Gun #World

  • I think in all of the arts there are just certain people that have a gift. I think it's a certain spirituality, it's a God-given gift that just certain individuals have.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Art #Thinking #People

  • To work is to feel alive.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Music #Alive #Feels

  • I've taken stuff from people, too. You know though, if you steal from one person, you're just a thief. But if you steal from everyone, that's research.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Taken #People #Research

  • I knew very early that somehow I would sing and draw and paint my whole life.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Paint #Whole Life #Draws

  • If you follow your passion, you'll never work a day in your life.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Passion #Follow Your Passion

  • It's really quite a situation. It's ridiculous. I make $200,000, $300,000 a night. For years I was working little dives, and if I got $700 a week, I'd say, "Wow, I'm really cooking.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Night #Years #Cooking

  • I think there's an opportunity for a couple of them for sure, maybe more depending upon the situation, but it's too early to say which ones. It's a pretty competitive fight. And that doesn't mean the older guys are just going to walk into spots. I remind them all the time - you got to earn everything you get. And that's what made our team good last year, is guys really competed for opportunities and understood their roles.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Couple #Team #Mean

  • You can't teach it [jazz singing]. There's nobody who can teach you how to sing jazz. Either you know how to sing jazz, or you don't.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Singing #Jazz #Teach

  • I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs, so they have to get it through a doctor, not just some gangsters who sell it under the table. Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Doctors #Government #Drug

  • The biggest message I've given our team, and I think it's really important, is first of all, no one can take away what happened last year. It's obviously a fun year, a terrific year. But I think a big mistake would be to try to compare themselves or ourselves to last year's team. I think the key really is, and I told them this: for you as a group, you're a different team.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Fun #Mistake #Team

  • I can't ask for more out of life, and the more I learn, the less I know.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Life

  • I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars, the morning fog may chill the air, I don't care. My love waits there in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea, when I come home to you, San Francisco , your golden sun will shine for me.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Travel #Morning #Stars

  • No-one will ever sound as good as Judy Garland as far as I am concerned.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Sound #Garlands #Concerned

  • Every city I go to is an opportunity to paint, whether it's Omaha or Hawaii.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Funny #Opportunity #Cities

  • I'm not the type of person who likes to look backwards. I've always felt compelled to move forward and I've never been one to dwell in the past. All the people I've met, all the places I've been, and all the things that I've done have simply been part of who I am.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Moving #Past #Who I Am

  • I plan to do my next two albums with Lady Gaga . She is quite a talent.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Two #Next #Albums

  • "Benedetto" means the "blessed one" and I feel that I have truly been blessed.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Blessed #Mean #Blessing

  • Just give a drum roll, announce my name & I come out & sing. I have a contract that says I'm a singer. So I sing.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Music #Names #Giving

  • Someday, when I'm awfully low, and the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you, and the way you look tonight.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Thinking Of You #Tonight #World

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

    #Teaching

  • 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.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Holiday #Today #Records

  • 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.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #People #Training #Looks

  • Luckily for his audiences, Bennett doesn't tire of singing I Left My Heart. ... that song made me a world citizen. And when I do it, it always feels like the first time.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Song #Heart #Singing

  • My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I do
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Goal #Creative #Truth And Beauty

  • That song helped make me a world citizen. It allowed me to live, work and sing in any city on the globe. It changed my whole life.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Song #Cities #World

  • If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Creative #Busier

  • I'm still learning about music. The best way to learn is to listen to the audience. When you listen to the audience, they will tell you what they like. I wish these big corporations, instead of telling the audience what they should have, would listen.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Empathy #Understanding #Listening

  • The bottom line of any country is: what did we contribute to the world? We contributed Louis Armstrong.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Country #Lines #World

  • Intimate singing had a wonderful style in the '30s and '40s. It came out of Broadway and the jazz of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday. But Sinatra created the best romantic era that we've ever had.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Music #Style #Singing

  • It helps to know there is going to be continuity.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Helping #Continuity

  • 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.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Success #Careers #World

  • We're in an era where the demand is for immediate hits that are destined to become obsolescent. Six months later, everyone forgets the artist and the tune. It's become like a con job. Producers, engineers, lawyers and accountants all make money, but the artists don't.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Money #Jobs #Artist

  • I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Music #World #Stills

  • I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.
    -- Tony Bennett

    #Music #Thinking #Ties