„Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose“

—  Billie Holiday

God Bless The Child
Contesto: Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own.

„You can't copy anybody and end with anything. 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.“

—  Billie Holiday, libro Lady Sings the Blues

Variante: Everyones got to be different. You can't copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. And without feeling, whatever you do amounts to nothing.
Origine: Lady Sings the Blues

„[I]t takes a bad woman to be a good godmother.“

—  Billie Holiday

Remark made to Rosemary Clooney, circa summer 1956, regarding Holiday's qualifications to serve as godmother to Clooney's second child, as quoted by Clooney in "Profiles: The Heart, The Head, and The Pipes" http://www.rosemaryclooney.com/_1libraryfiles/newyorker8392.html by Whitney Balliett in The New Yorker (August 3, 1992). "Just before she left, I asked her if she would like to be the godmother of my second child, Maria, who was about to be born, and she said yes, that it takes a bad woman to be a good godmother. It was the last time I saw her."

„I've been told that nobody sings the word "hunger" like I do. Or the word "love."“

—  Billie Holiday, libro Lady Sings the Blues

Origine: Lady Sings the Blues (1956), Ch. 22.

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