"This has too many words."
--Comment while singing Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" in 1972
"If I had as many love affairs as you have given me credit for, I would now be speaking to you from a jar in the Harvard Medical School."
--Press conference, Hollywood, April 1965
"If the song is a lament at the loss of love, I get an ache in my gut . . . I cry out the loneliness."
--Quoted in Whitcomb, "After the Ball" 1972
"The thing that influenced me the most was the way Tommy [Dorsey] played his trombone. . . . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin--not sounding like them, but 'playing' the voice like those instrumentalists."