Top 10 Aretha Franklin Quotes

Aretha Franklin(March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was a singer, civil rights activist, and best known as “The Queen of Soul”. Some of her hit songs include “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”,  “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”.

Here are Aretha Franklin’s top ten most inspiring quotes:


Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.


Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.

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We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white It’s our basic human right.

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People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. 

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Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.

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I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.

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Who hasn’t had a weight issue? If not the body, certainly the big head.


Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more.

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You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.


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.

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Thank you Aretha Franklin!


Interesting Aretha Franklin Facts:

  • In 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • She learned to play piano by ear.
  • Her first child was born when she was 12.
  • She received 18 Grammy Awards.
  • She was the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


What are some of your favorite quotes?


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