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Kate Smith Quotes

An entertainer should in his public performance keep himself out of any controversy, political or otherwise.

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.

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.

During the presidential primaries of 1940, I received a request from the Democratic National Committee to sing God Bless America before the speeches.

Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.

I am continually embarrassed by people who point me out as an example of what can be done without training.

I am exceedingly lucky that my voice, along with perfect pitch and perfect rhythm, was given me at birth.

I am harder on myself than anyone else could be.

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can.

I could see myself in a white nurse's uniform, working unnoticed for many years and at last dying, unknown, unmarried and unsung.

I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.

I have been extremely lucky with reviewers and critics throughout my career.

I have never known stage-fright at any time.

I have personally believed in every product I have ever advertised.

I just can't read music.

I know I'm fat and I know my hair is straight, but I can sing.

I learn my songs by ear.

I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of.

I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.

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.