Quotations by Kate Smith

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Born: Wednesday, May 1, 1907
Died: Tuesday, June 17, 1986 (79 years old)
Profession: Musician
Nationality: American


An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Performance, Controversy, Public)

As soon as I began to earn what might be called fairly large sums, I bought a car and began to explore the country around New York.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Car, Country)

Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Money, War, Women, Voice, Words)

During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: God, America, Committee)

Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Home, Music)

I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: People, Example, Training)

I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Voice)

I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.
- Kate Smith

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Actors)

I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Dying, Years)

I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Money, Motives)

I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Career)

I have never known stage-fright at any time.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Time)

I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.
- Kate Smith

I just can't read music.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Music)

I know I'm fat and I know my hair is straight, but I can sing.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Hair)

I learn my songs by ear.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Songs)

I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Work, Care, Faults, Hard work, Singing)

I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Idea, Respect)

I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I've reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Sympathy)

I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Family)

I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Singing)

Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Time, Nothing)

If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Music, Nothing, Wrong)

In 29 years, I had recorded over 2,200 songs. I was amazed.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Songs, Years)

In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Music, Ballads, Meaning, Words)

Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Intention, Sincerity)

It became obvious in 1957 that I was endangering my health by carrying so much weight.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Health, Obvious, Weight)

It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Meaning, Song, Word)

It's up to the audience. It always has been.
- Kate Smith

Many people submit to excessive appetites without realizing that they do not need to eat so much food.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Food, People)

Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Women, Work, Stability)

Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Family, People, Act, Friends, Pleasure)

My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Hair, Light, Poor, Singing)

Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Women, Society, Defeat, Opinion, Prejudice, Public)

Since I have been singing for so many years, I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Singing, Song, Years)

There's no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Chance, First)

This nation loves singing and loves acting.
- Kate Smith
(Keywords: Acting, Nation, Singing)







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