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Don't threaten me with love, baby.
by Billie Holiday

Don't threaten me with love, baby.
Let's just go walking in the rain.
- 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

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

I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids.
I started working when I was six years old.
- Billie Holiday

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

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One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
- Billie Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be
that way in music or it isn't music.
- Billie Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most children threaten at times to run away from home.
This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
- Phyllis Diller

Don't threaten me with a dead fish.
- the movie Withnail & I (1987)

To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration
of justice and protection of liberty.
- Stephen Breyer

Insurgents throughout Iraq continue to threaten our
efforts and pose a danger to stability in the region.
They fight not for their country, but rather against ours.
- Paul Gillmor

Even now there is no evidence that anyone involved
in the Nixon operation was going to threaten us.
- Bob Woodward

We cannot have that relationship if we only dictate
or threaten and condemn those who disagree.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

We can't allow the world's worst leaders to blackmail,
threaten, hold freedom-loving nations hostage with
the world's worst weapons.
- George W. Bush

There were certain questions about the foundations
of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
- Leon Kass

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction)
is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun

The dangers which threaten us are twofold:
First,
from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose
earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.
- Robert Dale Owen

The core political values of our free society are so
deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents,
lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.
- John McCain

Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were
assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever.
Now they threaten to take that from us also.
- Sitting Bull

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home,
and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
- Elbert Hubbard

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who
can no longer threaten us!
- Pierre Corneille

Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good.
It is simple.
The Chinese do not cook them, they just threaten them!
- Jeff Smith

Two dangers constantly threaten the world:
order and disorder.
- Paul Valery

How in heaven's name can a nation with a $1 trillion
surplus threaten so much scientific research so vital to its future?
- David R. Gergen

The defense of our democracy against the forces that
threaten it from without has made some of its failures
to function at home glaringly apparent.
- Wendell Willkie

It is natural that we should always expect an Israeli attack,
even when it does not threaten.
- Bashar al-Assad

The very success of medicine in a material way may
now threaten the soul of medicine.
- Walter Martin

In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.
- David Mamet

Change can either challenge or threaten us.
Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.
- Marsha Sinetar

Accordingly, globalization is not only something that
will concern and threaten us in the future,
but something that is taking place in the present and
to which we must first open our eyes.
- Ulrich Beck

Not longer loved or fostered by religion,
beauty is lifted from its face as a mask,
and its absence exposes features on that face which
threaten to become incomprehensible to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Since other countries and terrorist organizations are
working to secure information that could threaten national security,
more funding is provided in the bill to increase counter-intelligence activities.
- Roger Wicker

This resolution simply says Israel has the right to defend itself.
This includes conducting operations both inside its
borders and in the territory of nations that threaten it,
which is in accordance with international law.
- John Boehner

We would very much like to see Iran take a position
as a responsible leader that doesn't intimidate or
threaten or scare its neighbors and others.
But the choice is really up to Iran and we're going
to keep working to try to come out with the right decision.
- Hillary Clinton

Things can fall apart, or threaten to,
for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith.
Ultimately, when you're at the edge,
you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward,
you have to jump together.
- Yo-Yo Ma

I do not want our children and grandchildren to live
in a world where everyday they fear some regional strongman
with weapons of mass destruction.
We need to send a message to these future would-be bullies:
you will not be allowed to threaten the world.
- George Voinovich

I've had some threaten not to give Communion to me,
even though they don't know my position,
just because I'm a Democrat.
I've had cardinals refuse to shake my hand because I'm a Democrat.
- Bart Stupak

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room.
The effects of global warming threaten global environmental
upheaval over the coming century.
But for South Florida and the Everglades,
it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

In no other country in the world is the love of property
keener or more alert than in the United States,
and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination
toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

In the absence of sound oversight,responsible businesses
are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses,
who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities
that might harm the environment,
or take advantage of middle-class families,
or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.
- Barack Obama

Social Security, a critically important,
great program which does serve as the cornerstone of
support for senior citizens,
now faces challenges that threaten its long-term stability and well-being.
The facts are there.
The facts are crystal clear.
- Bill Frist

And we think that our citizens and yours would be very
angry if they thought that we hadn't taken every possible
step for prevention and then for joint action in the
likelihood of those who threaten our lives and our well-
being,
taking action at the same time.
- David Blunkett

I have never made a threat.
I've never made a threat, never expressed a threat,
never - I've never - I would never threaten violence ever,
because I am a man of peace, dedicated to peace.
- Feisal Abdul Rauf

There will always be disputes between nations which,
at times, will inflame the public and threaten conflicts,
but the main thing is to educate the people of the
world to be ever mindful that there are better means
of settling such disputes than by war.
- Frank B. Kellogg

Moreover, the practical recommendations deduced from
ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce;
it is hardly surprising that the financial and political
power created by these investments should be used sometimes
to suppress environmental impact studies.
- Garrett Hardin

Some in my party threaten to send a message that they
don't know a just war when they see it,
and more broadly that they're not prepared to use our
military strength to protect our security and the cause of freedom.
- Joe Lieberman

The restriction of religion to private life therefore
does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion,
if there is one, and it protects minority religions
from tyranny of the majority.
- Phillip E. Johnson

We shall listen, not lecture; learn,
not threaten.
We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of
others and showing respect for them.
In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional
American values of restraint and empathy,
not on military might.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

It has been popular to threaten "small islands and
low-lying coasts" with scenarios of disastrous future flooding.
The Maldives has been the most utilised target.
We have undertaken a careful analysis of actual sea
level changes in the Maldives.
No rise has been recorded either in the present or the past centuries.
- Nils-Axel Morner

We have a war dictator who was not elected,
he snuck in.
So he punishes people that threaten him in any way,
or even say something he doesn't like.
It has no resemblance to democracy.
- Joni Mitchell

The only justification for repressive institutions
is material and cultural deficit.
But such institutions, at certain stages of history,
perpetuate and produce such a deficit,
and even threaten human survival.
- Noam Chomsky

Therefore, if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants,
immigration should occur within a legal framework,
not through the machinations of illegal schemes and
scams that threaten our national security.
- J. D. Hayworth

All the aftermath that so frequently follows in the
wake of war still confront the nation,
and we now, as ever before, must hold fast to the ancient
landmarks and see to it that all of these plagues that
threaten so mightily shall be rendered harmless.
- Alexander Henry

Chemistry itself knows altogether too well that -
given the real fear that the scarcity of global resources
and energy might threaten the unity of mankind -
chemistry is in a position to make a contribution towards
securing a true peace on earth.
- Kenichi Fukui


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