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91 Tony Bennett Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Tony Bennett Sayings: I knew very early that somehow I would sing and draw and paint my whole I knew very early that somehow I would sing and draw and paint my whole life.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I'd like to prove that if you take care of yourself, you can actually not 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: More than anybody else I'd like to thank Count Basie for teaching me how to More than anybody else I'd like to thank Count Basie for teaching me how to perform.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I'm still learning about music. The best way to learn is to listen to the 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me. 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: Every week, as an 11-year-old kid, I would tune in to what was really the 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: When you get older, you don't have to eat a lot. I get my rest When you get older, you don't have to eat a lot. I get my rest and sleep very well at night. It keeps me very balanced.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I still have a lot to learn. I'm concentrating on learning a lot more about I still have a lot to learn. I'm concentrating on learning a lot more about music.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I think if you have a passion for what you do then there are no I think if you have a passion for what you do then there are no limitations on how long or how much you can accomplish.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I am very much inspired by the great masters of entertainment: Bob Hope, George Burns, I am very much inspired by the great masters of entertainment: Bob Hope, George Burns, Jimmy Durante - who never thought about retiring. When people ask me if I plan to retire, I say, "Retire to what? I am doing what I love best right now!"
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I've been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: The young people look great on television. They're youthful and have a lot of zip 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: Intimate singing had a wonderful style in the '30s and '40s. It came out of 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I've taken stuff from people, too. You know though, if you steal from one person, 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: My whole life has been singing and painting. I just do those two things. My whole life has been singing and painting. I just do those two things.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: If something is good, it's always good. You don't have to change it. If something is good, it's always good. You don't have to change it.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: My whole premise has been, right from the beginning, that it would take me a 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I get up, and boy, I can't wait to paint and study music and keep 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: To me, life is a gift, and it's a blessing to just be alive. And 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: Someday, when I'm awfully low, and the world is cold, I will feel a glow 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I attended the High School of Industrial Arts and studied with many great artists as I attended the High School of Industrial Arts and studied with many great artists as painting is something that you never stop learning about. Actually, in high school there was a time that I was thinking about just concentrating on painting and I asked my music teacher, Mr. Sondberg, for advice and he encouraged me to stick with the music as well. So all my life I have been singing and painting.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all of the time.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I've never worked a day in my life. I've never worked a day in my life.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: Johnny Mercer started Capitol Records, and he brought in Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King 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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Tony Bennett Sayings: The biggest message I've given our team, and I think it's really important, is first 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.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: "Benedetto" means the "blessed one" and I feel that I have truly been blessed. "Benedetto" means the "blessed one" and I feel that I have truly been blessed.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: Regardless of religion or race or ethnic background we are all human and we are Regardless of religion or race or ethnic background we are all human and we are all on this planet together. So what better reason do you need to not tolerate any form of violence against another human being?
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Tony Bennett Sayings: The high point for me in my career was when Sinatra called me his favourite The high point for me in my career was when Sinatra called me his favourite performer in the Fifties. And I've been sold out ever since.
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Tony Bennett Sayings: I grew up in an era where the record companies just sold records to everybody, I grew up in an era where the record companies just sold records to everybody, and the whole family bought songs.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I was possessed with a wonderful example of my Italian American family. They would come 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I'll never retire. I'll never retire.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I think in all of the arts there are just certain people that have a 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 Sayings: I don't sing operatically, and I sing very intimately, but I still do the scales, 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you're different than anyone else. It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you're different than anyone else.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.
Tony Bennett Sayings: It's really quite a situation. It's ridiculous. I make $200,000, $300,000 a night. For years 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 Sayings: I love entertaining people; I strive to make them feel good, and they make me 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I have grown to appreciate the power of believing in myself and of always having 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I still get a little nervous before performing. You don't want to forget a lyric; I still get a little nervous before performing. You don't want to forget a lyric; you don't want to make a mistake. I still get butterflies. You can try to judge an audience, but you can only really judge things by the applause.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I've been very fortunate. I'm doing what I love, and I'm getting away with it, I've been very fortunate. I'm doing what I love, and I'm getting away with it, you know?
Tony Bennett Sayings: When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art. When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Every day feels like just starting out because I still have so much more to Every day feels like just starting out because I still have so much more to learn.
Tony Bennett Sayings: If music sounds dated, it means it wasn't very good in the first place. If music sounds dated, it means it wasn't very good in the first place.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I was taught never to compromise: to never sing a cheap song. I never look 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: It's the kind of turn that happened to the great country of Germany, when Nazis 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 Sayings: Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for. Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for.
Tony Bennett Sayings: The bottom line of any country is: what did we contribute to the world? We The bottom line of any country is: what did we contribute to the world? We contributed Louis Armstrong.
Tony Bennett Sayings: To work is to feel alive. To work is to feel alive.
Tony Bennett Sayings: The United States created the best popular songs that were ever written, and from the 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Every show is different. The public has always been nice to me. I'm fortunate that Every show is different. The public has always been nice to me. I'm fortunate that way.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I think there's an opportunity for a couple of them for sure, maybe more depending 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 Sayings: Singing is a gift. Singing is a gift.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I can't ask for more out of life, and the more I learn, the less I can't ask for more out of life, and the more I learn, the less I know.
Tony Bennett Sayings: If you follow your passion, you'll never work a day in your life. If you follow your passion, you'll never work a day in your life.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I have to say I owe my career to the master composers of the Great I have to say I owe my career to the master composers of the Great American Songbook who have written such high-quality songs - the best popular music ever composed.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I'm not the type of person who likes to look backwards. I've always felt compelled 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 Sayings: I take care of myself. I work out three times a week. I have a I take care of myself. I work out three times a week. I have a trainer, and we just work out for an hour.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I lived for 15 years in Los Angeles, and I still can't believe that the 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose bumps.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Never treat the audience disrespectfully. Never treat the audience disrespectfully.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I study nature, and I realize that no matter how much you learn, you can't I study nature, and I realize that no matter how much you learn, you can't top nature.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a living from what I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a living from what I love to do best - performing and singing for people.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Life teaches you how to live it - if you live long enough. Life teaches you how to live it - if you live long enough.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I have an awful lot to learn. My dream is to get better and better I have an awful lot to learn. My dream is to get better and better as I get older.
Tony Bennett Sayings: When you hear a great two-track of a performance in Carnegie Hall, let's say, it 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: As a young boy, I did a lot of foolish things. I made a lot As a young boy, I did a lot of foolish things. I made a lot of mistakes. And you live and learn.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Don't try to be just like some other singer hitting it big - find your Don't try to be just like some other singer hitting it big - find your own style and be honest in your performances. And never underestimate your audience.
Tony Bennett Sayings: That song helped make me a world citizen. It allowed me to live, work and 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 Sayings: It helps to know there is going to be continuity. It helps to know there is going to be continuity.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I have always loved jazz music and as a teen growing up in New York I have always loved jazz music and as a teen growing up in New York City and then later on as an adult have great memories of the jazz clubs that were all located on 52nd Street. I still catch as many jazz shows as I can when I am in New York. And when I perform, I have my jazz quartet by my side. Jazz musicians keep things spontaneous and very "live," which is the way I like to perform.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Sinatra invited me once to his birthday party in L.A. I was young, and I 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: In America, at the beginning of talkies, they pulled Fred Astaire from the theaters and 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.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I loved Art Tatum! And, through him, and other different jazz musicians, I actually found I loved Art Tatum! And, through him, and other different jazz musicians, I actually found my technique.
Tony Bennett Sayings: My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I do
Tony Bennett Sayings: I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world. I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I plan to do my next two albums with Lady Gaga . She is quite I plan to do my next two albums with Lady Gaga . She is quite a talent.
Tony Bennett Sayings: I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43.
Tony Bennett Sayings: You can't teach it [jazz singing]. There's nobody who can teach you how to sing 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 Sayings: Singing intimately is almost like thinking into a microphone, so it helps to have the Singing intimately is almost like thinking into a microphone, so it helps to have the song buried inside you.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Lady Gaga is the Picasso of the entertainment world. She's very intelligent. Lady Gaga is the Picasso of the entertainment world. She's very intelligent.
Tony Bennett Sayings: The whole music world is based on the young, the very young people. The whole music world is based on the young, the very young people.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Every city I go to is an opportunity to paint, whether it's Omaha or Hawaii. Every city I go to is an opportunity to paint, whether it's Omaha or Hawaii.
Tony Bennett Sayings: Luckily for his audiences, Bennett doesn't tire of singing I Left My Heart ... that 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 Sayings: If you are creative, you get busier as you get older. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.
Tony Bennett Sayings: We're in an era where the demand is for immediate hits that are destined to 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 Sayings: I respected Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Those were my heroes, and I respected Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Those were my heroes, and they were 10 years older than I was.
Tony Bennett Sayings: The singers who are the most honest are the ones who become immortalized. The singers who are the most honest are the ones who become immortalized.
Tony Bennett Sayings: No-one will ever sound as good as Judy Garland as far as I am concerned. No-one will ever sound as good as Judy Garland as far as I am concerned.