Frank Sinatra

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What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can.

Francis Albert Sinatra (12 December 191514 May 1998) was an American singer who is one of the most highly acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. Renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing, many critics place him alongside artists such as Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and The Beatles as one of the most important popular and influential music figures of the 20th century.

Quotes[edit]

I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living his life, and who had good friends, a fine family…
Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I'm honest.
  • I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living his life, and who had good friends, a fine family. I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
    • In a 1965 interview with Walter Cronkite, as quoted in "Just A Couple Of Legends" CBS News.com (20 May 1998)
    • Variant: I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family — and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
  • You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad — if you're indifferent, Endsville.
    • As quoted in Moment of Grace: The American City in the 1950s (2002) by Michael Johns
  • Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I'm honest.
    • As quoted in And I Quote : The Definitive Collecton of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker (2003) by Ashton Applewhite , Tripp Evans, and Andrew Frothingham
  • If you possess something but you can't give it away, then you don't possess it... it possesses you.
    • Tom Dreesen on the Late Show with David Letterman March 30th 2009 said that Frank Sinatra had said this after giving his $2000 cuff links to a fan.
  • I'm going to be the best singer in the World, [...] the best singer that ever was.[1]
  • And may the last voice you hear be mine![2]

Playboy interview (1963)[edit]

Interview for Playboy magazine, with Joe Hyams (February 1963)
  • I'm not unmindful of a man's seeming need for faith; I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniel's. 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.
    • Also quoted in Frank Sinatra, My Father (1986) by Nancy Sinatra, p. 201
  • There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I'll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well.
  • I'm for decency — period. I'm for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. But when lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday — cash me out.
  • If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors.

The Way You Wear Your Hat (1997)[edit]

The Way You Wear Your Hat : Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin' (1997) by Bill Zehme
  • I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.
  • For years I've nursed a secret desire to spend the Fourth of July in a double hammock with a swingin' redheaded broad ... but I could never find me a double hammock.
  • Fear is the enemy of logic.
  • The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.
  • [On religion] I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, benzedrine or a bottle of Jack Daniel's.

Quotes about Sinatra[edit]

  • I think Frank Sinatra was the most hated man of World War II, much more than Hitler.
    • William Manchester, active duty serviceman and journalist, because Sinatra was stateside making tons of money and surrounded by beautiful girls. [3]
  • It's Frank's world, we're all just livin' in it.
    • Dean Martin [4]

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