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A collection of quotes by Billie Holiday on music, actress, songs, writing, singer, life, love, holiday, addiction, drugs, kiss, feeling, rain, walking and friends.

42 Great Quotes By Billie Holiday For Your Perfect Jazz And Pop Playlist

Quick Facts

Famous As: Musician

Born On: April 7, 1915

Died On: July 17, 1959

Born In: Philadelphia

Died At Age: 44

Eleanora Fagan, renowned by her professional name Billie Holiday, was an American singer and songwriter, who is known as one of the best exponents of jazz music in the 20th century. According to most scholars of music, Holiday remains one of the most important influences in the history of not only jazz but also pop music. The fact that she never received any formal training in music makes her achievements even more staggering. Holiday initially sung at a club located in the Harlem area of New York and before long she attracted the attention of recording companies. One of her most famous songs is the duet ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’, which is regarded by many to be the gold standard as far as jazz is concerned. In addition to recordings, she continued to perform live in packed arenas. Although she struggled in the latter part of her career due to a range of personal issues starting from alcohol and drug dependence to relationship issues, she remains an icon and was inducted into the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’. We bring to you a collection of quotes and sayings by the celebrated artist known for her improvisational skills and vocal delivery. Let us browse through some of the inspiring quotations and thoughts by Billie Holiday who never sang a song in the same way twice.
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Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.

Billie Holiday

You can't copy anybody and end with anything. 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

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

Billie Holiday

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

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

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

Billie Holiday

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

Billie Holiday

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

Billie Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billie Holiday

I don't think I missed a single picture Billie Dove ever made. I was crazy for her. I tried to do my hair like her, and eventually, I borrowed her name.

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 can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.

Billie Holiday

Love is like a faucet: it turns on and off.

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

The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.

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

Everyones got to be different. You can't copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. And without feeling, whatever you do amounts to nothing.

Billie Holiday

I don't think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues is sort of a mixed-up thing. You just have to feel it. Anything I do sing is part of my life.

Billie Holiday

I don't think I'm singing. I feel like I'm playing a horn...What comes out is what I feel.

Billie Holiday

The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can't sing.

Billie Holiday

If nobody can learn from the past, then there's no point in raking it up.

Billie Holiday

I think I copied my style from Louis Armstrong. Because I used to like the big volume and the big sound that Bessie Smith got when she sang ... So I liked the feeling that Louis got and I wanted the big volume that Bessie Smith got. But I found that it didn't work with me, because I didn't have a big voice. So anyway between the two of them I sorta got Billie Holiday.

Billie Holiday

When you sing, always tell the truth.

Billie Holiday

And when you're poor, you grow up fast.

Billie Holiday

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

Billie Holiday

Them that's got shall get, Them that's not shall lose. So the Bible says, And it still is news. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that's got his own.

Billie Holiday

You've got to have something to eat

Billie Holiday

You can get in just as much trouble by being dumb and innocent as you can by breaking the law.

Billie Holiday

God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody.

Billie Holiday

I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close order drill, or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.

Billie Holiday

If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung.

Billie Holiday