27 Karen Carpenter Quotes from the American Singer

Karen Carpenter was an American singer and drummer who was very famous in the 1970s.

Born in New Haven, Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard, initially formed an instrumental trio, winning a contract with RCA Records which was short-lived.

They later formed Spectrum, which also disbanded. In 1969, they signed with A&M Records, gaining success with hits like “Ticket to Ride” and “Close to You”.

By the early 1970s, they were a popular duo, securing three Grammy Awards, a world tour and their TV series “Make Your Own Kind of Music!”.


However, in 1975, it was revealed that Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa, making her too weak to tour.

In 1979, Karen recorded a solo album, which was shelved. After a brief, troubled marriage in 1980, she reunited with Richard for “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”.

Battling depression and her eating disorder, she underwent treatment in 1982.

In February 1983, at 32, Karen succumbed to cardiac arrest, a consequence of her prolonged anorexia.

I have picked the top quotes by Karen Carpenter for you.

Top 7 Karen Carpenter Quotes


I don’t really wanna be the last one singin’ the blues. ~ Karen Carpenter.


Our first single, ‘Ticket To Ride’, was a kind of half-hit, half flop: in some places it was number one, in others it was ash-tray material. ~ Karen Carpenter.


Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. ~ Karen Carpenter.


As long as we’re on the road most of the time, I will never marry. ~ Karen Carpenter.


People never think of entertainers as being human. ~ Karen Carpenter.


Dedicated to my brother Richard with all my heart. ~ Karen Carpenter.


I feel like the health industry is getting nothing but stronger every day. ~ Karen Carpenter.

Famous Karen Carpenter Quotes

When you’re on the road it’s hard to eat. Period. On top of that, it’s rough to eat well. We don’t like to eat before a show because I can’t stand singing with a full stomach. ~ Karen Carpenter.

How can anybody be too thin?. ~ Karen Carpenter.


I may not be in control of anything else, but I am in control of my body. ~ Karen Carpenter.

Richard is 30, and I’m 26. But the letters we got when we said we weren’t virgins, read as though we had committed a crime. People must have been dumb to have believed that we were that good. ~ Karen Carpenter.

You never get to dinner until, like, midnight, and if you eat heavy you’re not going to sleep, and you’re going to be a balloon. ~ Karen Carpenter.


Not enough people in this world are happy. ~ Karen Carpenter.

Make it simple to last your whole life long. Don’t worry that it’s not enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing a song. ~ Karen Carpenter.

Best Karen Carpenter Quotes


I enjoy money. Not enough people in this world are happy. I’m determined to be contented, and having money from working makes it easier for me. ~ Karen Carpenter.

We came out right in the middle of the hard-rock period… it was hard-rock everywhere! But we were ready to make our music, you know? And it was such a turnaround, I guess it caught people by surprise. ~ Karen Carpenter.

A star on earth – a star in heaven. ~ Karen Carpenter.

I had been on a crash diet, and I carried on losing weight afterwards, even though I began eating like mad to counteract it. I’d become stricken with nervous tension which was burning away all my energy. ~ Karen Carpenter.


Loneliness is such a sad affair. ~ Karen Carpenter.

We had to speak out and tell the truth about us as it is. It’s hell living like a pair of angels. ~ Karen Carpenter.

Popular Karen Carpenter Quotes


We spent an awful lot of time trying to achieve perfection as close as we can come. It’s the foremost thing in both of our minds, at all times. ~ Karen Carpenter.

I couldn’t stand track at 8 a.m. or a cold pool, so they put me in the band and gave me a glockenspiel. ~ Karen Carpenter.

It’s kinda nice to be remembered by your peers and your fans, because you can achieve a lot of success and be a creep too! But we try to be nice, just normal people. ~ Karen Carpenter.

If he listened to music, I listened to music. It was unconscious, but I idolized him so much and we were so close even though we were three years apart. ~ Karen Carpenter.


I’m just afraid I’m gonna miss it all… being married… being a mother. ~ Karen Carpenter.

The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We’re just… normal people. ~ Karen Carpenter.

So these were the 27 famous quotes about Karen Carpenter.

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