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Etta James Quotes and Sayings

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I am so happy that I am alive and can walk.
- Etta James

I don't care who's playing.
Even if it's my favorite artist, I'm probably not gonna go and see him.
- Etta James

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play
the piano so I could play jazz tunes.
I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!
- Etta James

At the same time I was being given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
- Etta James

 

I figured I could do It's A Man's Man's Man's World,
because I believe it's the truth.
- Etta James

The only time that I am really truly happy -
when I feel at my best -
is when I'm on the stage.
- Etta James

I sing the songs that people need to hear.
- Etta James

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I'm not a braggart, but when I was a little girl people
used to come from all over Hollywood to hear me sing.
- Etta James

I talked to the record company about what I had in mind.
They said they wanted something lush.
I figured the best thing to do was let them hear what I had in mind.
- Etta James

My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times,
you can still bring something of your own to it.
I'd like to think I did that.
- Etta James

Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it.
They have that sorry feeling.
And I don't know what I'm sorry about.
I don't.
- Etta James

When I look out at the people and they look at me and they're smiling,
then I know that I'm loved.
That is the time when I have no worries,
no problems.
- Etta James

A few years ago, I thought, I'll never make it.
I started to go to the doctor to help me lose weight.
- Etta James

I like to shop, but I don't like to go out to dances.
- Etta James

This is an album of songs that I've always loved,
tunes that I heard.
For the first time in 53 years of recording,
I really had control over an entire album,
start to finish.
- Etta James

It's the same thing now.
When I go onstage the young people scream and holler
as much as the older generation.
- Etta James

And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most
of the blues of that day was done by men.
Women just didn't have the nerve.
- Etta James

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues,
rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing.
Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
- Etta James

Bobby Womack is always very real, both with his music and as a person.
- Etta James

But even so, I still get nervous before I go onstage.
- Etta James

It's not about battling the original artists when I record these songs,
it's about paying tribute to them.
- Etta James

Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to
after five years of sitting down while I sang.
- Etta James

My mother always wanted me to be glamorous.
When I thought about that, it really fired me up,
and once I lost all those pounds, I started to feel
really good about myself.
- Etta James

What happens is, when I perform, I'm somewhere else.
I go back in time and get in touch with who I really am.
I forget my troubles, my worries.
- Etta James

You can't fake this music.
You might be a great singer or a great musician but,
in the need, that's got nothing to do with it.
It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.
- Etta James

They said that Etta James is still vulgar.
I said, Oh, how dare them say I'm still vulgar.
I'm vulgar because I dance in the chair.
What would they want me to do? Want me to just be still
or something like that? I've got to do something.
- Etta James

That's where it begins and ends for me and these songs
were the ones that touched me the deepest.
It was like I was laying hold of some part of me that
I didn't even know was there until I let it out.
- Etta James

When I'm performing for the people, I am me,
then.
I am that little girl who, when she was five years old,
used to sing at church.
Or I'm that 15-year-old young lady who wanted to be
grown and wanted to sing and couldn't wait to be smokin' a cigarette,
you know?
- Etta James

Johnny Guitar...
just one of my favorite singers of all time.
I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny
Otis in the '50s when I was a teenager.
We traveled the country in a car together.I would hear him sing every night.
- Etta James

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous PHOTO

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings

The key to happiness is having dreams.
The key to success is making your dreams come true.
- Anonymous

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The supreme happiness of life
is the conviction of being loved for yourself,
or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
- Victor Hugo

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

Happiness is a choice.
You grieve, you stomp your feet,
you pick yourself up and choose to be happy.
- Lucy Lawless

Angry and happy don't mix.
Flush out the angry,
and the happy has a place to put down roots.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Happy Day is a day I see all of life
with the eyes of compassion.
- Rory J. Corsiglia

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.
- Helen Keller

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl Jung

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

Without a humble but reasonable
confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous


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