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And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.

Aretha Franklin

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.

Aretha Franklin

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.

Aretha Franklin

Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.

Aretha Franklin

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great.

Aretha Franklin

Don’t say Aretha is making a comeback, because I’ve never been away!

Aretha Franklin

Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.

Aretha Franklin

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.

Aretha Franklin

I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It’s very, very gratifying.

Aretha Franklin

I came up in gospel.

Aretha Franklin

I don’t feel one’s personal medical condition is everybody’s business. It just isn’t something you advertise, and it’s not open to discussion.

Aretha Franklin

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.

Aretha Franklin

I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated. I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It’s a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin.

Aretha Franklin

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses.

Aretha Franklin

I like Beyonce’s music – some of it, not all of it.

Aretha Franklin

I love ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ I have for years. That’s one of my favourite things. She’s such a can-do kind of girl; that’s why I’m crazy about her.

Aretha Franklin

I love all music.

Aretha Franklin

I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey – like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone.

Aretha Franklin

I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well.

Aretha Franklin

I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses.

Aretha Franklin

I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.

Aretha Franklin

I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That’s the hardest thing more than anything else.

Aretha Franklin

I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.

Aretha Franklin

I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was ‘Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.’

Aretha Franklin

I’m a big woman. I need big hair.

Aretha Franklin

I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.

Aretha Franklin

I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.

Aretha Franklin

I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.

Aretha Franklin

I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like.

Aretha Franklin

If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.

Aretha Franklin

Let’s start with the church. As you know, it’s my background, it’s a natural setting for me and it’s definitely my roots.

Aretha Franklin

Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it.

Aretha Franklin

Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.

Aretha Franklin

My faith always has been and always will be important to me.

Aretha Franklin

Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum.

Aretha Franklin

Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.

Aretha Franklin

Politics are not my arena. Music is.

Aretha Franklin

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.

Aretha Franklin

When God loves you, what can be better than that?

Aretha Franklin

Yes, I’ve always been fashion conscious.

Aretha Franklin

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