Aretha Franklin Quotes- 40 Best Inspirational and Funny Quotes of all Time

Aretha Franklin Quotes

The death of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018 made people really sad because we cannot deny it, she was a powerhouse of wisdom and soul. In celebration of a life well spent, I have compiled a list of her best and most inspiring quotes.

Aretha Franklin Quotes

1. “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

2. “If you disrespect everybody that you run into, how in the world do you think everybody’s supposed to respect you?” – Aretha Franklin

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

4. “Better friends than lovers. Sugar can’t you see? You need you and I really need me.” — Aretha Franklin

5. “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

6. “It’s hard. When you love food, and when you’ve done a high energy concert, you know, a carrot is not gonna work.” – Aretha Franklin

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7. “Women absolutely deserve respect.” – Aretha Franklin Quotes

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

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

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

11. “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

12. “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

13. “Politics are not my arena. Music is.” – Aretha Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

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19. “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

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

21. “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

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

23. “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

24. “Women have broken through the glass ceiling, and they’re now more and more in the power seats.” – Aretha Franklin

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

26. “I’m a big woman. I need big hair.” — Aretha Franklin

27. “The milk of kindness flows through my body, I shall follow Jesus to the Taco Bell and give thanks.” — Aretha Franklin

28. “I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.” – Aretha Franklin Quotes

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

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

33. “People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.” – Aretha Franklin

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34. “52 years of recording for other people. I thought at this point, it’s time for you to record for yourself. So that way there wouldn’t be so many spoons in the soup. There would just be one Aretha spoon in the soup.” — Aretha Franklin

35. “I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like.” — Aretha Franklin

36. “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

37. “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

38. “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

39.”Soul is a constant. It’s cultural. It’s always going to be there, in different flavors and degrees.”- Aretha Franklin

40. “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 Quotes

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