66+ Best Aretha Franklin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. She known as one of the most influential singers of all time, and as an activist who spoke of the world through her music, and used music as a tool for truth, justice, and soul. Inspirational Aretha Franklin quotes will help you to gain confidence, motivate you to live your best life and change the World.

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Top Aretha Franklin Quotes

Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there. – Aretha Franklin

The man who gets me is getting one hell of a woman. – Aretha Franklin

I sing to the realists. People who accept it like it is. – Aretha Franklin

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

Politics are not my arena. Music is. – Aretha Franklin

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

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

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

Sam Cooke had a huge influence on me. He left the gospel field at one point and went into the secular, and he had this huge hit, ‘You Send Me.’ Irma, my older sister, and I heard ‘You Send Me’ on the radio while we were driving through the South one night. We had to stop the car. We got out and danced around the car out on the highway. – Aretha Franklin

We didn’t have music videos. You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error. – Aretha Franklin

I’m a big woman. I need big hair. – Aretha Franklin

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right. – Aretha Franklin

I had not been in the jazz environment, having been brought up in the church. But once I got to New York, and I was signed to perform at The Village Gate and the Vanguard and clubs like that, and these – the Vanguard was one of the most elite, if not the most elite, jazz club out there. – Aretha Franklin

Women absolutely deserve respect. – Aretha Franklin

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great. – Aretha Franklin

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

I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches. – Aretha Franklin

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

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

I’ve always felt that rock & roll was very, very wholesome. – Aretha Franklin

Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift. – Aretha Franklin

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off. – Aretha Franklin

I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage. – Aretha Franklin

I paid my dues; I certainly did. – Aretha Franklin

I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like. – Aretha Franklin

Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms. – Aretha Franklin

What is auto-tune? I don’t even know what auto-tune is. – Aretha Franklin

I love all music. – Aretha Franklin

My faith always has been and always will be important to me. – Aretha Franklin

I’ve always felt that rock & roll was very, very wholesome. – Aretha Franklin

The love of my life? I’m much too young to answer that question. – Aretha Franklin

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

Who hasn’t had a weight issue? If not the body, certainly the big head! – Aretha Franklin

It really is an honor if I can be inspirational to a younger singer or person. It means I’ve done my job. – Aretha Franklin

It’s very satisfying. To perform the way you want to. And the way you know that you can. – Aretha Franklin

Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me. – Aretha Franklin

I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society. – Aretha Franklin

Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home. – Aretha Franklin

I love ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ I have for years. That’s one of my favourite things. She’s such a can-do kind of girl; that’s why I’m crazy about her. – Aretha Franklin

When God loves you, what can be better than that? – Aretha Franklin

Don’t say Aretha is making a comeback, because I’ve never been away! – Aretha Franklin

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

I don’t think I was a catalyst for the women’s movement. – Aretha Franklin

I like Beyonce’s music – some of it, not all of it. – Aretha Franklin

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

I came up in gospel. – Aretha Franklin

I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things. – Aretha Franklin

Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it. – Aretha Franklin

Yes, I’ve always been fashion conscious. – Aretha Franklin

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses. – Aretha Franklin

I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like. – Aretha Franklin

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks. – Aretha Franklin

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

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

And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying. – Aretha Franklin

I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses. – Aretha Franklin

I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That’s the hardest thing more than anything else. – Aretha Franklin

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music. – Aretha Franklin

I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated. I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It’s a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin. – Aretha Franklin

I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It’s very, very gratifying. – Aretha Franklin

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

Men have always been gentlemen to me – responsible people with healthy attitudes. – Aretha Franklin

Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off. – Aretha Franklin

I’m a people person. And I love performing. It’s the way it is and the way it’s going to be. – Aretha Franklin

Prince is gone. But the music will go on. – Aretha Franklin

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

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