Aretha Franklin

Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Pianist. Activist

March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018

March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018

Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Pianist. Activist


54 Greatest Quotes By Aretha Franklin

...the people at large absolutely gave James Brown respect. He was an original like a Rembrandt or a Picasso. Aretha Franklin
You're a no good heartbreaker, you're a liar, and you're a cheat. I don't know why I let you do these things to me. Aretha Franklin
The milk of kindness flows through my body, I shall follow Jesus to the Taco Bell and give thanks. Aretha Franklin
Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there. Aretha Franklin
Judy Garland is a singer with a capital S. And talk about soul. This woman was soul personified. Judy Garland is a class by herself. Aretha Franklin
People really don't have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. Aretha Franklin
The man who gets me is getting one hell of a woman. Aretha Franklin
Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift. Aretha Franklin
It's very satisfying. To perform the way you want to. And the way you know that you can. Aretha Franklin
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me. Aretha Franklin
I love to sing. It's just a natural thing for me. Aretha Franklin
I'm really an old-fashioned girl - I like to be romanced. Aretha Franklin
Falling out of love is like losing weight. It's a lot easier putting it on than taking it off. Aretha Franklin
My faith always has been and always will be important to me. Aretha Franklin
When God loves you, what can be better than that? 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
We've come a long way, but there is still a lot of discrimination. Aretha Franklin
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right. Aretha Franklin
I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That's the hardest thing more than anything else. Aretha Franklin
Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don't, it hurts even more. Aretha Franklin
I like Beyonce's music - some of it, not all of it. Aretha Franklin
I'm the lady next door when I'm not on stage. Aretha Franklin
Better friends than lovers. Sugar can't you see? You need you and I really need me. Aretha Franklin
In terms of helping people understand and know each other a little better, music is universal - universal and transporting. Aretha Franklin
I think it would be a far greater world if people were kinder and more respectful to each other. Aretha Franklin
It really is an honor if I can be inspirational to a younger singer or person. It means I've done my job. 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 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
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
Who hasn't had a weight issue? If not the body, certainly the big head! Aretha Franklin
Women have broken through the glass ceiling, and they're now more and more in the power seats. Aretha Franklin
Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away! Aretha Franklin
I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is. Aretha Franklin
Soul is a constant. It's cultural. It's always going to be there, in different flavors and degrees. 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
Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me. 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
If you disrespect everybody that you run into, how in the world do you think everybody's supposed to respect you? Aretha Franklin
I'm never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things. Aretha Franklin
I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music. Aretha Franklin
And I've been hurt hurt bad. I might be just twenty-six, but I'm an old woman in disguise twenty-six goin'on sixty-five. 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've met my share of guys who have insulted and assaulted my intelligence with their stories and games. I say hello and goodbye! Aretha Franklin
Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home. Aretha Franklin
I just got into Mike Tyson. My security people kept saying, 'Haven't you seen him yet?' Well, I finally did, and he's got a real knockout punch. Aretha Franklin
My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left . . . I'm gonna make a gospel record and tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone. Aretha Franklin
President Bush bestowed the Congressional Medal on myself. Aretha Franklin