55 Tony Bennett Quotes

Tony Bennett fans, be excited and inspired by these Tony Bennett quotes.

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in August 3, 1926, Tony is now a legendary figure in jazz, pop standards, show tunes, and big band music. His very first big hit Because of You would be the start of a highly successful career for this young man who had to grow up in poverty during the Great Depression.

When the Beatles and the British invasion came on the scene though, Tony suffered a reversal in his career and fortune. He divorced, lost his gigs and recording deals, and became bankrupt. He suffered from a drug addiction and it came to a head after an overdose in 1979. Calling his son for help became the turning point for Tony’s life as his son Danny went on to become an exemplary manager for his father.

As a result, Tony’s amazing comeback became an inspiring story for all. Until now, he continues to sing his way to people’s hearts with no intention of stopping. On his 80th anniversary, he was congratulated by millions of fans from all around the globe.

Read Tony Bennett’s quotes and find out how much passion he has for his life and singing.

“Benedetto” means the “blessed one” and I feel that I have truly been blessed. – Tony Bennett

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When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art. – Tony Bennett

Regardless of religion or race or ethnic background we are all human and we are all on this planet together. So what better reason do you need to not tolerate any form of violence against another human being? – Tony Bennett

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If you are creative, you get busier as you get older. – Tony Bennett

I’m still learning about music. The best way to learn is to listen to the audience. When you listen to the audience, they will tell you what they like. I wish these big corporations, instead of telling the audience what they should have, would listen. – Tony Bennett

I have an awful lot to learn. My dream is to get better and better as I get older. – Tony Bennett

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I think if you have a passion for what you do then there are no limitations on how long or how much you can accomplish. – Tony Bennett

If you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life. – Tony Bennett

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You can’t teach it [jazz singing]. There’s nobody who can teach you how to sing jazz. Either you know how to sing jazz, or you don’t. – Tony Bennett

I’ve taken stuff from people, too. You know though, if you steal from one person, you’re just a thief. But if you steal from everyone, that’s research. – Tony Bennett

My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I do. – Tony Bennett

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I don’t look down to an audience. I look up to them. They respond to quality. – Tony Bennett

To work is to feel alive. – Tony Bennett

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I always feel the audience is my best teacher. – Tony Bennett

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There’s always something every night that I learn from reacting to what the audience is reacting to. You learn what to leave out, what to put in, if you need a little more comedy or more drama. – Tony Bennett

I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a living from what I love to do best – performing and singing for people. – Tony Bennett

It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you’re different than anyone else. – Tony Bennett

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I can’t ask for more out of life, and the more I learn, the less I know. – Tony Bennett

I have always loved jazz music and as a teen growing up in New York City and then later on as an adult have great memories of the jazz clubs that were all located on 52nd Street. I still catch as many jazz shows as I can when I am in New York. And when I perform, I have my jazz quartet by my side. Jazz musicians keep things spontaneous and very “live,” which is the way I like to perform. – Tony Bennett

Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose bumps. – Tony Bennett

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I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world. – Tony Bennett

No-one will ever sound as good as Judy Garland as far as I am concerned. – Tony Bennett

It helps to know there is going to be continuity. – Tony Bennett

I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all of the time. – Tony Bennett

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Never treat the audience disrespectfully. – Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga is the Picasso of the entertainment world. She’s very intelligent. – Tony Bennett

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The singers who are the most honest are the ones who become immortalized. – Tony Bennett

Singing is a gift. – Tony Bennett

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Every show is different. The public has always been nice to me. I’m fortunate that way. – Tony Bennett

I’d like to prove that if you take care of yourself, you can actually not regret the fact that you’ve become an old-timer, but you can just still improve and actually get better. – Tony Bennett

I’ve never worked a day in my life. – Tony Bennett

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I still have a lot to learn. I’m concentrating on learning a lot more about music. – Tony Bennett

The whole music world is based on the young, the very young people. – Tony Bennett

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I was taught never to compromise: to never sing a cheap song. I never look down at the audience and think that they are ignorant or think that I’m more intelligent than they are. To think otherwise is totally incorrect and runs contrary to everything I was raised to believe. – Tony Bennett

If music sounds dated, it means it wasn’t very good in the first place. – Tony Bennett

I love entertaining people; I strive to make them feel good, and they make me feel wonderful. To explain it simply, I like what I do, and my ambition is to get better as I get older. That’s really what I’m all about. – Tony Bennett

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I have to say I owe my career to the master composers of the Great American Songbook who have written such high-quality songs – the best popular music ever composed. – Tony Bennett

I think one of the reasons I’m popular again is because I’m wearing a tie. You have to be different. – Tony Bennett

I’ve been very fortunate. I’m doing what I love, and I’m getting away with it, you know? – Tony Bennett

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Don’t try to be just like some other singer hitting it big – find your own style and be honest in your performances. And never underestimate your audience. – Tony Bennett

Sometimes the teacher would tell me that if you’re singing a love song and you just don’t feel it with a person or something you’ve experienced, just think of a dog or cat that you love. – Tony Bennett

I don’t disrespect the audience. I only sing very well-written, intelligent songs. – Tony Bennett

Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for. – Tony Bennett

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What I really search for is something that I really love hearing, something that’s my own private game: If I find a song I really like, I try to do a definitive version. – Tony Bennett

I have a very strong passion to sing and paint. I’m really a student. – Tony Bennett

Singing intimately is almost like thinking into a microphone, so it helps to have the song buried inside you. – Tony Bennett

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When you get older, you don’t have to eat a lot. I get my rest and sleep very well at night. It keeps me very balanced. – Tony Bennett

To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive. And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get. – Tony Bennett

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I think in all of the arts there are just certain people that have a gift. I think it’s a certain spirituality, it’s a God-given gift that just certain individuals have. – Tony Bennett

I’m not the type of person who likes to look backwards. I’ve always felt compelled to move forward and I’ve never been one to dwell in the past. All the people I’ve met, all the places I’ve been, and all the things that I’ve done have simply been part of who I am. – Tony Bennett

No matter what age you are, there’s a lot of room for learning. – Tony Bennett

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I am very much inspired by the great masters of entertainment: Bob Hope, George Burns, Jimmy Durante – who never thought about retiring. When people ask me if I plan to retire, I say, “Retire to what? I am doing what I love best right now!” – Tony Bennett

We’re in an era where the demand is for immediate hits that are destined to become obsolescent. Six months later, everyone forgets the artist and the tune. It’s become like a con job. Producers, engineers, lawyers and accountants all make money, but the artists don’t. – Tony Bennett

I’ll call it a day when I die. It’s a wonderful occupation for me. I’ve never worked a day in my life. – Tony Bennett

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