31 Incredible Duke Ellington Quotes

31 Incredible Duke Ellington Quotes

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Duke Ellington was a composer and leader of jazz orchestras from Washington, D.C.. He always had a passion for music and gained national fame with his orchestra after appearing at the Cotton Club in the 1930′s. After being discovered they went on a world wide tour. He died in 1974 at the age of 75.

“A goal is a dream with a finish line. ”

“A man is a God in ruins. ”

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

“American Music, Texas Style.”

“By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.”

“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. ”

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”

“I don’t believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between blacks and whites in the U.S.A. you are referring to categories again.”

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.”

“I’m sure critics have their purpose, 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 he did.”

“If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!”

“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.”

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

“It’s like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.”

“Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is. Either you have it or you haven’t; there’s no proof of it.”

“Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one.”

“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.”

“Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.”

“On becoming more acquainted with the word of the Bible, I began to understand so much more of what I had been taught, and of what I had learned about life and the people in mine.”

“People do not retire. They are retired by others.”

“Playing ‘Bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.”

“Roaming through the jungle of “oohs” and “ahs,” searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.”

“The Europeans who went to Africa came back with “modern’ art. What is more African than a Picasso?”

“The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.”

“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”

“There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”

“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.”

“There is no art without intention.”

“Willow Weep for Me.”

“You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.”