15 Most Powerful Quotes Said by Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday in the 1947 film 'New Orleans'
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"If I don't have friends, then I ain't got nothing."

Let Your Inner Lady Day Come Out to Play With These Billie Holiday Quotes

Billie Holiday is a timeless classic.

The jazz diva has quite the impressive career that spanned almost 30 years, inspiring artists long after her passing. She changed the game of jazz music forever.

We'll never forget all she's done, especially not the encouraging words she's uttered that we seek solace in all too often.

Below, we rounded up the best Billie Holiday quotes that'll unleash your inner Lady Day. Read them now!

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Best Billie Holiday Quotes

  • "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."

  • "The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while."

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

  • "You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation."

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

Inspiring Billie Holiday Quotes

  • "Money, you've got lots of friends. They're crowding around your door. But when you're gone and spending ends, they don't come no more."

  • "I never hurt nobody but myself, and that's nobody's business but my own."

  • "Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what's more than enough."

  • "When you sing, always tell the truth."

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

Empowering Billie Holiday Quotes

  • "God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody."

  • "If I don't have friends, then I ain't got nothing."

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

  • "If nobody can learn from the past, then there's no point in raking it up."

  • "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."

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