33+ Best Ella Fitzgerald Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Profoundly inspirational Ella Fitzgerald quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Ella Fitzgerald Quotes

I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do. I think I do better when I sing. — Ella Fitzgerald

She is amazingly creative, bringing so much more to a song than just a singer. She is a first-class musician and the most gracious person in the world. — Ella Fitzgerald

Nobody else even approaches the trumpet like [Sweets Edison] does: Never too much and always plenty. He’s the greatest trumpet player to play along with singers. He exactly knows how to play with you, how to answer you about what you just sang … On top of that, he has some great sense of humor, both as a musician and as a man. Every time I see him, I’m laughing so much. Sweets is impeccable and incomparable. — Ella Fitzgerald

You take romance – I’ll take Jell-O. — Ella Fitzgerald

Once, when we were playing at the Apollo Theater, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do—I asked her for her autograph. — Ella Fitzgerald

I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do. — Ella Fitzgerald

I told Edward to buy it when it was $515,000. — Ella Fitzgerald

Music is the universal language … it brings people closer together. — Ella Fitzgerald

The only thing better than singing is more singing. — Ella Fitzgerald

I think I do better when I sing. — Ella Fitzgerald

Listen to her voice, don’t look at her. — Ella Fitzgerald

I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don’t have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand. — Ella Fitzgerald

I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it. — Ella Fitzgerald

Every time I look down on this timeless town, whether blue or gray be her skies, whether loud be her cheers, or whether soft be her tears, more and more do I realize that…I love Paris. — Ella Fitzgerald

Sometimes when we’re flying or in the hotel, I might run over songs, or in the bathroom. — Ella Fitzgerald

Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. — Ella Fitzgerald

It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts. — Ella Fitzgerald

What everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. — Ella Fitzgerald

Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today – that’s what it means, it means it was worth all of it. — Ella Fitzgerald

I used to be very self-conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. My cousin Georgia always taught me that if you smile, people will like you. Sometimes people will say something you don’t like, and you get angry a bit, but you just smile. You let it go by, even if you really would like to choke ’em. By smiling, I think I’ve made more friends than if I was the other way. — Ella Fitzgerald

I know I’m no glamour girl, and it’s not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I’ve got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing. — Ella Fitzgerald

The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story. — Ella Fitzgerald

Everybody wants to know about my style and how it came about. It’s no big secret. It’s the way I feel. — Ella Fitzgerald

When I’m on stage I feel at home — Ella Fitzgerald

When we were at the Apollo, Holiday was a block away. I asked her for her autograph. — Ella Fitzgerald

She has been more famous, over a longer time span, than any other female singer. — Ella Fitzgerald

Ella knows her way around her voice as very few people today. But there are times when she seems to be unaware there are things the human voice just doesn’t do. She does them. — Ella Fitzgerald

Some kids in Italy call me ‘Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don’t call me ‘Grandma Jazz.’ — Ella Fitzgerald

A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside… I’m going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do. — Ella Fitzgerald

I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns. — Ella Fitzgerald

American Masters: Ella Fitzgerald – Something To Live For, — Ella Fitzgerald

I’ve had some wonderful love affairs and some that didn’t work out. I don’t want to dwell on that and I don’t want to put people down, but I think all the fabulous places I’ve been, the wonderful things that have happened for me, the great people I’ve met – that ought to make a story. — Ella Fitzgerald

Whatever she does to my songs, she always makes them sound better. — Ella Fitzgerald