Some of My Favorite Quotes
It's not death that man should fear, but never beginning to live.
My wife's not only my best friend but she's damn hot, too.
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.
An angel and a devil are always beside us, and the one we listen to more will prevail. This confrontation is what makes life so magical because you are always challenged by the circumstances - we are good and evil depending on how we act, not how we think, not our intentions. But I think it is much more intelligent to be good because, in the long run, you will live a better life. People will respect you because you respect them and then you will feel more at ease in the world.
To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation. And, when you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Teaching is the highest thing you can do - helping people to help themselves or maybe fulfill their dreams.
I do mind. The Dude minds.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
There are two kinds of people: those who don't do what they want to do, so they write down in a diary about what they haven't done, and those who haven't time to write about it because they're out doing it.
One of the few things worth taking seriously is humor.
My own thing is in my head. I hear sounds and if I don't get them together nobody else will.
The outer storm ceases the moment the inner storm ends, for they are the same storm.
There is a view that jazz is 'evil' because it comes from evil people, but actually the greatest priests on 52nd Street and on the streets of New York City were the musicians. They were doing the greatest healing work. They knew how to punch through music that would cure and make people feel good.
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.
The sage never strives for the great, and thereby the great is achieved.
We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.
What shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
I don't care who likes it or buys it. Because if you use that criterion, Mozart would never have written Don Giovanni, Charlie Parker would never have played anything but swing music. There comes a point at which you have to stand up and say, this is what I have to do.
What is left of your dream?
I never made a second record in my life. I always make new first records.
From one thing, know ten thousand things.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it "the present".
Bring... bring it home? All right, let's bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you're dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin' me that's the song you'd sing? That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it's real, and how you're gonna shout it? Or... would you sing somethin' different. Somethin' real. Somethin' *you* felt. Cause I'm telling you right now, that's the kind of song people want to hear. That's the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain't got nothin' to do with believin' in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin' in yourself.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
Even if it is painful and lonely, associate with worthy companions.
The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular concentration of mind, a calmness and simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience, happiness.
In Africa, music is not an art form as much as it is a means of communication.
Music is a language that doesn't speak in particular words, it speaks in emotions, and if it's in the bones, IT'S IN THE BONES.
For me, that's a lesson not to get trapped by a financial situation where you can't leave -- it takes away your freedom.
The road was our school. It gave us a sense of survival; it taught us everything we know and out of respect, we don't want to drive it into the ground... or maybe it's just superstition but the road has taken a lot of the great ones. It's a goddamn impossible way of life.
It is never too late to have a happy childhood.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
There are six stages of learning. The sixth stage is usually the darkest. The seventh stage brings return - this is the stage of enlightenment.
A mind in the present moment is meditation.
Existence is a fact, Living is an Art.
Dream big. Talk small. Work hard.
You've got to be able to hold a lot of contradictory ideas in your mind without going nuts. I feel like to do my job right, when I walk out onstage I've got to feel like it's the most important thing in the world. Also I've got to feel like, well, it's only rock'n'roll. Somehow you've got to believe both of these things.
Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.
We take life for granted, sleepwalking until a shattering event knocks us awake. Zen says, don't wait until the car accident, the cancer diagnosis, or the death of a loved one to get your priorities straight. Do it now.
If you find your feet dragging, check your path. You are probably on the wrong one.
Maturity means learning the value of that which is hard-earned.
If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
In the middle of life it happens that death comes and measures man. The visit is forgotten and life continues. But the suit is made, quietly.
If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the
unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time.
To me, living and music are all the same thing. I keep finding out more about music as I learn more about myself, my environment, about all kinds of different things in life. I play what I live. Therefore, just as I can't predict what kinds of experiences I'm going to have, I can't predict the directions in which my music will go. I just want to write and play my instrument as I feel.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
I put food on the table
The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
If you are a struggling musician/ artist, there are only three real reasons you don't quit:
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Better to die on your feet than live on your knees!
Nothing I've ever written has been motivated by trying to impact or influence anybody.
Behind the mask of the clown is often to be found a sad figure. Sometimes the greatest humor comes from the deepest pain.
I am not going to apologize anymore. I am embracing this gift of mine and pursuing it - flat out. This is what I do and who I am. This is what I have to do and I enjoy it, I am grateful for it and proud of it.
Learn from other people's mistakes. You don't need to make all of them yourself.
There are people who can't value anything else than money. This is true poverty - the greatest poverty of all.
We are all born. We are all going to die. What is it all about? Most of us never seem to realize that it is about what is supposed to happen in between. So, what is that? We are supposed to LIVE, NOW, TODAY!
You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. Screw you guys, I'M GOIN' HOME!
You need something to live by but also something to live for.
Everything comes at the appointed time.
A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.
Nothing in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
Some choose a path. For some, a path chooses them.
Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.
Talk the talk - walk the walk.
Man came from Africa. So did this music. That's why it is so strong.
I light my candle from their torches.
Listening is the key.
A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring. There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain. And drinking largely sobers us again.
Watching Stevie [ Wonder] leave to catch a plane to Italy, I felt the warmth of that musical fire which cannot be bought or sold, but only freely given.
Buy the record. We need the money.
Improvisation/ jazz is a way of life.
Aren't parents funny:
I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.
Sing like you know the words
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles.
It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search, but life lived to the edge of possibility.
Playing music is a lifetime gig.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Anyone who is remotely interesting is insane in some way.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance, that imitation is suicide, that he must take himself for better, for worse as his portion. That, though the wise universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him, but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power, which resides in him, is new in nature and no one but he knows what that is which he can do. Nor does he know until he has tried.
Touring is a blight on the creative impulse. You see what certain songs do to your audience every night, and you start writing to please them.
This above all: to thine own self be true
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,