Kate Smith Quotes


Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.

I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.

Because of my voice speaking words which had been carefully chosen women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.

I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.

Ice cream was my undoing and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.

Middle-aged women have greater stability they are more loyal and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.

Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.

after several months of probation work standing on my feet some ten to twelve hours a day I decided that as a nurse I was a pretty good entertainer.

This nation loves singing and loves acting.

Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.

In 29 years I had recorded over 2 200 songs. I was amazed.

During the presidential primaries of 1940 I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.

In nearly all ballads the words set the mood and meaning while the music intensifies or enhances them.

I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.

Every small town has its dramatic group its barber-shop quartet every home has music in one form or another.

I just can't read music.

I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.

And when all is said and done there is no greater success in the world than just being happy.

I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.

I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.

It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight.

I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish it is his idea I am embellishing.

An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy political or otherwise.

I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.

If rock-and-roll is well done there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.

I vowed that whenever my family needed me I would give up everything to go to them no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.

I am exceedingly lucky that my voice along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm was given me at birth.

It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.

My singing is part of me like my stoutness or my light hair or my poor eyesight.

I learn my songs by ear.

As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.

I have never known stage-fright at any time.

I know I'm fat and I know my hair is straight but I can sing.

There's no second chance on stage and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.

I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience telling me I've reached their hearts. And when I do the thrill is mine.

Since I have been singing for so many years I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.

I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform working unnoticed for many years and at last dying unknown unmarried and unsung.

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage as so many actors can.