Frank Sinatra Quotes

The epitaph on his headstone The best is yet to come

I`m trying to figure out, Chairman of what Board? People come up to me and seriously say: "Well, what are you Chairman of?" And I can`t answer them.

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.

A friend is never an imposition.

(his last words) I`m losing it.

(Talking about Burt Reynolds) He is the one the ladies like to dance with and their husbands like to drink with. He is the larger-than-life actor of our times. He is gifted, talented, naughty and nice.

A fella came up to me the other day with a nice story. He was in a bar somewhere and it was the quiet time of the night. Everybody`s staring down at the sauce and one of my saloon songs comes on the jukebox, "One for My Baby", or something like that. After a while, a drunk at the end of the bar looks up and says, jerking his thumb toward the jukebox, "I wonder who he listens to?"

(when Dean Martin walked out on The Together Again Tour) You can`t put a gun to his head. He just didn`t want to do it.

Nothing anybody`s said or written about me ever bothers me, except when it does.

(after the deaths of Sammy Davis Jr., Ava Gardner, Jilly Rizzo and Dean Martin) I`m next. I ain`t scared, either. Everybody I ever knew is already over there.

(on Elvis Presley in 1957) Sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons; and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd - in plain fact, dirty - lyrics it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the Earth. This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac . . . it fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.

(on Ava Gardner) I love her, and God damn me for it.

You better get busy living, because dying`s a pain in the ass.

(on Elvis Presley`s death in 1977) There have been many accolades uttered about his talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree to wholeheartedly, I shall miss him dearly as a friend.

There are moments when it`s too quiet. Particularly late at night or early in the mornings. That`s when you know there`s something lacking in your life. You just know.

Recording with Billy May is like having a bucket of cold water thrown into your face. Nelson Riddle will come to a session with all the arrangements carefully and neatly worked out beforehand. With Billy you sometimes don`t get copies of the next number until you`ve finished the one before. Billy and Nelson both work best under pressure. Billy May is always driving while Nelson has more depth, and with Gordon Jenkins, it`s just plain beautiful and simple.

(on Marlon Brando) He is the most overrated actor in the world.

No man`s lifetime of work has better expressed the land of the free and the home of the brave. No man`s lifetime of work has given proof to the world that our flag is still there. John Wayne is in truth a star-spangled man whom so proudly we hail.

For over half a century, Mr. Wayne (John Wayne) has served honorably as America`s symbol to the world of the highest morals and prudent standards of our society

(on Don Rickles) I like him. But that`s because I have no taste.

In Hoboken, when I was a kid, I lived in a plenty tough neighborhood. When somebody called me a "dirty little pig," there was only one thing to do: break his head. When I got older, I realized you shouldn`t do it (get even) that way. I realized you`ve got to do it through education . . . maybe with a few exceptions.

(1965) For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He`s the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.

I detest bad manners. If people are polite, I am. They shouldn`t try to get away with not being polite to me.

I`m a performer. I`m better in the first take.

Don`t tell me. Suggest. But don`t tell me.

(on the resignation of US President Richard Nixon, Aug. 9, 1974) Any man can make a mistake.

(on friend Peggy Lee) Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists; her regal presence is pure elegance and charm.

A well balanced girl is the one who has an empty head and a full sweater.

For over half a century, Mr. Wayne (John Wayne) has served honorably as America`s symbol to the world of the highest morals and prudent standards of our society.

I feel sorry for people who do not drink. When they wake up in the morning it is as good as they are going to feel all day.

I feel bad for people who don`t drink because when they wake up in the morning and get out of bed...Thats the best they are gonna feel.

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.

Basically, I`m for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Alcohol may be man`s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.

Orange is the happiest color.

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.






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