Duke Ellington Quotes

20 Duke Ellington quotes:

"The wise musicians are those who play what they can master."
"My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never."
"in recognition of his musical genius, which evoked aesthetically the principles of democracy through the medium of jazz and thus made an indelible contribution to art and culture."
"Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited."
"Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing."
"There are two kinds of worries - those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter."
"You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it."
"Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young."
"There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone."
"By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."
Author: Ellington Quotes Category: American Musician Quotes Jazz Quotes
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."
"Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did."
"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues."
"It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something."
"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it."
"Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees."
"People do not retire. They are retired by others."
"A problem is your chance to do your best."
"My mother told me I was blessed, and I have always taken her word for it. Being born of -- or reincarnated from -- royalty is nothing Like being blessed. Royalty is inherited from another human being; blessedness comes from God."
Author: Ellington Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"American Music, Texas Style."
Author: Ellington Quotes Category: Music Quotes

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