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American singer & actor (1915-1998)

Frank Sinatra quote

I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniels. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle.

FRANK SINATRA, Playboy Magazine, Feb. 1962

I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

A man doesn't know what happiness is until he's married. By then it's too late.

FRANK SINATRA, The Joker Is Wild

I love all those girls the same as they love me. I get thousands of letters a week from girls who love me.... Every time I sing a song, I make love to them. I'm a boudoir singer.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in His Way: An Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra

You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad--if you're indifferent, Endsville.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in Moment of Grace: The American City in the 1950s

Rock 'n' roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. And, by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration, and sly, lewd and in plain fact, dirty lyrics ... it manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs

Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I'm honest.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in And I Quote

Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks--it says, "Goodbye."

FRANK SINATRA, The Joker Is Wild

Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent.

FRANK SINATRA, US, Dec. 16, 1985

If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors.

FRANK SINATRA, Playboy Magazine, Feb. 1962

The best revenge is massive success.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in 1,600 Quotes & Pieces of Wisdom That Just Might Help You Out When You're Stuck In a Moment and Can't Get Out Of It!

For years I've nursed a secret desire to spend the Fourth of July in a double hammock with a swingin' redheaded broad ... but I could never find me a double hammock.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

Fear is the enemy of logic.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Hangover Survival Guide

My greatest teacher was not a vocal coach, not the work of other singers, but the way Tommy Dorsey breathed and phrased on the trombone.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in Music: A Book of Quotations

There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I'll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well.

FRANK SINATRA, Playboy Magazine, Feb. 1962

I'm for decency -- period. I'm for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. But when lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday -- cash me out.

FRANK SINATRA, Playboy Magazine, Feb. 1962

The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.

FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway,
And more, much more than this. I did it my way.

FRANK SINATRA, My Way (lyrics by Paul Anka)

I said to Mr. Pavarotti once ... a marvelous man and a great artist ... I said to him ... "Maestro, I'm having trouble closing out a note so that it's almost as thin as a butter knife ... finish it out quietly like that." I said, "I have trouble doing that. What do you think I should do?" He said, "Justa close up your mouth." That's all he said, and I fell on the floor. I thought he was gonna give me a dissertation.

FRANK SINATRA, Larry King Live, May 13, 1988

You may be a puzzle, but I like the way the parts fit.

FRANK SINATRA, "I Like to Lead When I Dance"

At heart, I guess I'm a saloon singer because there's a greater intimacy between performer and audience in a nightclub. Then again, I love the excitement of appearing before a big concert audience. Let's just say that the place isn't important, as long as everybody has a good time.

FRANK SINATRA, interview with Joy Williams, Novaya Yezhedevnaya Gazeta

People who make a living off other people's fortunes or misfortunes are parasites.

FRANK SINATRA, Larry King Live, May 13, 1988

For nobody else gave me a thrill
With all your faults, I love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you

FRANK SINATRA, "It Had to Be You"

You've got to be on the ball from the minute you step out into that spotlight. You gotta know exactly what you're doing every second on that stage, otherwise the act goes right into the bathroom. It's all over. Good night.

FRANK SINATRA, Larry King Live, May 13, 1988

What formula? I never had one, so I couldn't say what the main ingredient is. I think everybody who's successful in this business has one common ingredient—the talent God gave us. The rest depends upon how it's used.

FRANK SINATRA, interview with Joy Williams, Novaya Yezhedevnaya Gazeta

If you possess something but you can't give it away, then you don't possess it ... it possesses you.

FRANK SINATRA, attributed to Sinatra by Tom Dreeson on the Late Show with David Letterman, Mar. 30, 2009


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