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" My parents had to work hard, and I was always looking for a way to make it big - for their sakes as well as my own. "
" They say I spend too much money, so they take it and put it away for me. What do I spend it on? Oh, old records and presents and things. "
" Death is never polite, even when we expect it. "
" One day in 1952, I woke up with a high voice. "
" Better to marry unhappily 100 times than to live happily forever in sin. "
" I'm a very difficult person to live with. "
" I knew that someday I would be discovered. "
" I don't believe in birth control. "
" I was trying to find an original style that didn't sound like Tony Bennett or anyone else. So I prayed about it, woke up with this high voice, and by 1954, I was going to amateur nights and winning. "
" Whenever I sang, I said to myself, 'Maybe tonight.' I would never let down, no matter how few people were listening. "
" I was in Australia in 1983 and did a stunt in a lion's cage. "
" There are a lot of ups and downs. But there are always people who have it worse. "
Ups And Downs
" I keep recording and recording, but they always stay on the rack and never get out there. "
" We've all got setbacks. "
" The devil reigns in me more than in any man I can think of. "
" I want to get a hit record, and I know I can be good in horror movies. "
" I always love the smell of a bat and a glove, or a hockey puck in the winter time. "
" Night after night in the '50s, I traveled all over New York City. The promoter had 10 acts, and the winner each night would get five dollars; second place would get three dollars, and third place would get two dollars. He always put the best acts on last so the people wouldn't walk out, and the worst acts went on first. He always put me on first. "
" Don't bury me with anyone old. "
" It was not easy to go into a subway in 1955 at eight o'clock in the morning smelling nice and hanging on the rails with white make-up. I could see people nudging each other saying, 'What is that?' "
" I don't know why, but I felt as if I was always behind the eight ball, so to speak. "
" The biggest blunder in the history of this country was when President Truman pulled General MacArthur out of China. "
" In this business, you're as good as your last hit record, and mine was more than 26 years ago. "
" I saw 'Cynthia' five times. "
" There is nothing like youth. "
" I love the past. I read about the past all the time. "
" As long as you're recording and they pay the fee, it's like a lottery ticket. You never stop trying. "
" The only thing I think of is the next hit record. "
" America lost its face with the debacle of the Vietnam War. "
" When a person attacks, it's rough. "
" I am ready for anything that happens. "