57 Aretha Franklin Quotes On Success In Life

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights, activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular-music career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. These Aretha Franklin quotes will motivate you.

Best Aretha Franklin Quotes

  1. “We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  2. “Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  3. “Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” ~ Aretha Franklin , Aretha Franklin quotes about music
  4. “I sing to the realists, people who accept it like it is. I express problems. There are tears when it’s sad and smiles when it’s happy. It seems simple to me, but for some people, I guess feelin’ takes courage.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  5. “Soul is a constant. It’s cultural. It’s always going to be there, in different flavors and degrees.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  6. “If you disrespect everybody that you run into, how in the world do you think everybody’s supposed to respect you?” ~ Aretha Franklin , Aretha Franklin quotes about respect
  7. “Being the Queen is not all about singing and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  8. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  9. “People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. And just don’t let that go to your head, whatever it is they give you.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  10. “When God loves you, what can be better than that?” ~ Aretha Franklin
  11. “Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  12. “The man who gets me is getting one hell of a woman.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  13. “Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.” ~ Aretha Franklin , Aretha Franklin quotes about love
  14. “Don’t say Aretha is making a comeback, because I’ve never been away!” ~ Aretha Franklin

  15. “I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  16. “My faith always has been and always will be important to me.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  17. “Women have broken through the glass ceiling, and they’re now more and more in the power seats.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  18. “I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  19. “The milk of kindness flows through my body, I shall follow Jesus to the Taco Bell and give thanks.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  20. “I’m a big woman. I need big hair.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  21. “Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that god gave me to use. I’m happy with that.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  22. “Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  23. “My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left . . . I’m gonna make a gospel record and tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  24. Better friends than lovers. Sugar can’t you see? You need you and I really need me.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  25. “As a parent you try to maintain a certain amount of control and so you have this tug-of-war … You have to learn when to let go. And that’s not easy.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  26. “R&B is not a fad; it’s the truth.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  27. “I love to sing. It’s just a natural thing for me.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  28. “If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  29. “I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  30. “And I’ve been hurt bad. I might be just twenty-six, but I’m an old woman in disguise twenty-six goin’on sixty-five.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  31. “Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  32. “I’ve always felt that rock & roll was very, very wholesome.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  33. “On the sly, scoping for love.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  34. “Politics are not my arena. Music is.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  35. “I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was ‘Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.'” ~ Aretha Franklin
  36. “Judy Garland is a singer with a capital S. And talk about soul. This woman was soul personified. Judy Garland is a class by herself.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  37. “I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That’s the hardest thing more than anything else.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  38. “I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  39. “I love ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ I have for years. That’s one of my favorite things. She’s such a can-do kind of girl; that’s why I’m crazy about her.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  40. “Let’s start with the church. As you know, it’s my background, it’s a natural setting for me and it’s definitely my roots.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  41. “Yes, I’ve always been fashion-conscious.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  42. “I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  43. “I don’t feel one’s personal medical condition is everybody’s business. It just isn’t something you advertise, and it’s not open to discussion.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  44. “I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey – like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  45. “Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  46. “I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  47. “I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  48. “…the people at large absolutely gave James Brown respect. He was an original like a Rembrandt or a Picasso” ~ Aretha Franklin
  49. “You’re a no-good heartbreaker, you’re a liar, and you’re a cheat. I don’t know why I let you do these things to me.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  50. “Clark Terry is an American Master. I love to listen to him, particularly ‘Mumbles.’ I was so delighted when we received degrees together, along with Edward Kennedy, at the New England Conservatory in 1997.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  51. “I like Beyonce’s music – some of it, not all of it.” ~ Aretha Franklin

  52. “Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  53. “And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  54. “I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  55. “Call in the Caped Crusader, Green Hornet, Kato, too. I’m in so much trouble I don’t know what to do.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  56. “I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses.” ~ Aretha Franklin
  57. “It’s so glamorous, you have to see it.” (describing the $92 million Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)” ~ Aretha Franklin

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