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Some of My Favorite Quotes

It's not death that man should fear, but never beginning to live.
- Marcus Aurelius

My wife's not only my best friend but she's damn hot, too.
- Bob Brozman

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.
- Pearl S. Buck

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.
- Paulo Coelho

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.
- Paulo Coelho ( The Alchemist)

Teaching is the highest thing you can do - helping people to help themselves or maybe fulfill their dreams.
- Joe Diorio

I do mind. The Dude minds.
- The Dude ( The Big Lebowski)

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

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.
- Richard Flournoy and Lewis R. Foster

One of the few things worth taking seriously is humor.
- Mick Goodrick

My own thing is in my head. I hear sounds and if I don't get them together nobody else will.
- Jimi Hendrix

The outer storm ceases the moment the inner storm ends, for they are the same storm.
- Vernon Howard

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.
- Garth Hudson ( The Band's The Last Waltz)

Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
- Janis Joplin

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
- Henry J. Kaiser

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.
- Rose Lane

The sage never strives for the great, and thereby the great is achieved.
- Lao Tzu

We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.
- Madeleine L'Engle

What shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
- Mark 8:36

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.
- Branford Marsalis

What is left of your dream?
Just the words on your stone.
A man who learned how to teach
then forgot how to learn.

- Brian May ( Queen's White Man)

I never made a second record in my life. I always make new first records.
- John Mayer

From one thing, know ten thousand things.
- Miyamoto Musashi ( The Book of Five Rings)

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it "the present".
- Babatunde Olatunji

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.
- Sam Phillips ( Walk the Line)

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
- Pablo Picasso

Even if it is painful and lonely, associate with worthy companions.
- Chris Prentiss ( Zen and the Art of Happiness)

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.
- Chris Prentiss ( Zen and the Art of Happiness)

In Africa, music is not an art form as much as it is a means of communication.
- Vernon Reid

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.
- Keith Richards

For me, that's a lesson not to get trapped by a financial situation where you can't leave -- it takes away your freedom.
- Sam Rivers

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.
- Robbie Robertson ( The Band's The Last Waltz)

It is never too late to have a happy childhood.
- Tom Robbins

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
- Theodore Rubin

There are six stages of learning. The sixth stage is usually the darkest. The seventh stage brings return - this is the stage of enlightenment.
- The Sages

A mind in the present moment is meditation.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Existence is a fact, Living is an Art.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Dream big. Talk small. Work hard.
- Richard Smith

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.
- Bruce Springsteen

Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.
- The Stranger ( The Big Lebowski)

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.
- Philip Toshio Sudo ( Zen 24/7)

If you find your feet dragging, check your path. You are probably on the wrong one.
- Philip Toshio Sudo ( Zen Guitar)

Maturity means learning the value of that which is hard-earned.
- Philip Toshio Sudo ( Zen Guitar)

If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
- Edward Thorndike

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.
- Tomas Tranströmer

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.
- Chogyam Trungpa

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.
- McCoy Tyner

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.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I put food on the table
and roof overhead.
But I'd trade it all tomorrow
for the highway instead.
- Tom Waits ( The Long Way Home)

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
- Horace Walpole

If you are a struggling musician/ artist, there are only three real reasons you don't quit:
1) You're having a lot of fun and you love the music THAT MUCH
2) You have a deep-seated need to express yourself through music
3) You are either too lazy, too scared or too dysfunctional to retrain for another career.
I believe that if you're motivated by either of the first two reasons, or by both, you will be taken care of.

- Kenny Werner ( Effortless Mastery)

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
- Oscar Wilde

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees!
- Emiliano Zapata

Nothing I've ever written has been motivated by trying to impact or influence anybody.
- Frank Zappa

Behind the mask of the clown is often to be found a sad figure. Sometimes the greatest humor comes from the deepest pain.
- Myself

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.
- Myself

Learn from other people's mistakes. You don't need to make all of them yourself.
- Myself

There are people who can't value anything else than money. This is true poverty - the greatest poverty of all.
- Myself

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!
- Myself

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!
- Myself

You need something to live by but also something to live for.
- Myself

Everything comes at the appointed time.
- from I Ching

A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.
- from Tao Te Ching ( The Book of the Way)

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.
- Unknown

Nothing in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
- Unknown ( Inspirational Pictures)

Some choose a path. For some, a path chooses them.
- Unknown

Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.
- Unknown

Talk the talk - walk the walk.
- Unknown

Man came from Africa. So did this music. That's why it is so strong.
- Art Ensemble of Chicago

I light my candle from their torches.
- Robert Burton

Listening is the key.
- Jim Hall

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.
- Alexander Pope

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.
- Robert Sadin

Buy the record. We need the money.
- Matt Wilson

Improvisation/ jazz is a way of life.
- Unknown

This music is where I live.
- Unknown

Aren't parents funny:
First they want you to learn how to play an instrument -
then they freak out completely when you tell them you want to become a musician...

- Myself

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.
- Emile Henry Gauvreay

Sing like you know the words
Dance like no one is watching
and love like it'll never hurt.

- Unknown

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.
- Jack Kerouac

It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search, but life lived to the edge of possibility.
- Unknown

Playing music is a lifetime gig.
- Unknown

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley

Anyone who is remotely interesting is insane in some way.
- Unknown

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
- Unknown

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.
- Waldo Emerson

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.
- Paddy McAloon ( of Prefab Sprout)

This above all: to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

- William Shakespeare ( Hamlet)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.

- Henry David Thoreau