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My American audiences are pretty mixed. I get all sorts of people, old and young. It’s nice.
Aretha Franklin

I’m not ever going to retire. That’s – that wouldn’t be good, for one, just to go somewhere and sit down and do nothing. Please. No, that’s not moi.
Aretha Franklin

My generation, we came along, we had to really know our craft.
Aretha Franklin

People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.
Aretha Franklin

Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me.
Aretha Franklin

I’ve done the Kennedy Center many times. I’ve sang for Marian Anderson. I’ve sang for Marion Williams. I’ve sang for Lionel Hampton.
Aretha Franklin

President Bush bestowed the Congressional Medal on myself.
Aretha Franklin

President Clinton, I sang at his post-inauguration party out in Maryland.
Aretha Franklin

It’s very satisfying. To perform the way you want to. And the way you know that you can.
Aretha Franklin

I guess I could’ve been a prima ballerina. Or a nurse. Aretha Nightingale!
Aretha Franklin

Ariana Grande – I like her a lot.
Aretha Franklin

I don’t think I was a catalyst for the women’s movement.
Aretha Franklin

Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.
Aretha Franklin

There’s a lot of great singers out here.
Aretha Franklin

Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.
Aretha Franklin

I loved going to church. I enjoyed being a part of the choir and just doing things in and around the church. But as a young girl, I certainly enjoyed watching and listening to my dad.
Aretha Franklin

As a very small girl, I listened to Charlie Parker and loved him and Max Roach and people like that.
Aretha Franklin

I had not been in the jazz environment, having been brought up in the church. But once I got to New York, and I was signed to perform at The Village Gate and the Vanguard and clubs like that, and these – the Vanguard was one of the most elite, if not the most elite, jazz club out there.
Aretha Franklin

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.
Aretha Franklin

The love of my life? I’m much too young to answer that question.
Aretha Franklin

I love Wal-Mart, and not just because my record is there. You can get some things there that you cannot find at Saks or Bergdorf’s or other upscale stores.
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

I still have perfect diction!
Aretha Franklin

When I first started, I wore Ceil Chapman gowns. I’ve been wondering for years what happened to the Ceil Chapman line of clothing.
Aretha Franklin

I wanted to design a line based on Hollywood’s Golden Era. I talked with Stephen Burrows and with Willi Smith and with one or two other people, but it just seems like such a hard field to break into. I need someone like Calvin Klein’s manager to get behind me!
Aretha Franklin

I really don’t have any shelf music.
Aretha Franklin

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