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Reading Time: 4 minutesJanuary 18, 2019


Some people think that by quoting someone their wisdom and genius would “rub off” on them. Quoting others is easy, anyone can do it. To share something does not mean you truly understand and live by what it represents. Fortunately in most cases a shared quote reflect a persons thoughts, feelings, and ideals. Some people though use them to “enhance” their image, creating a (false) appearance of intelligence, creativity or sense of humor. To share something is not equal to knowing and understanding something and being able to actually apply this knowledge and understanding.

I find the quotes shared with you inspirational and use them as a reminder or focus point for self-reflection and self-improvement.

For your consideration:

The problem with quotes on the internet, is everybody has one, and most of them are wrong.” 
(Mark Twain)

Below some images and quotes I have put together …

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.
(Charlie Parker)

Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.” 
(Sonny Rollins)

All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.” 
(Thelonious Monk)

If music be the food of love, play on.” 
(William Shakespeare)

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” 
(Alphonse de Lamartine)

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” 
(Ludwig van Beethoven)

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life.” 
(James Joseph Sylvester)

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” 

Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.” 
(Wes Montgomery)

Music is love in search of a word.” 
(Sidney Lanier)

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.” 
(Harry Belafonte)

… forgive me Charlie Parker, where ever you are …” 

God is a frequency. Stay tuned.” 
(Alan Cohen)

If you wake up and nothing Hertz … you’re probably dead!” 
(unknown author)

If they act too hip, you know they can’t play shit!” 
(Miles Davis)

I may be prejudiced, but I believe that jazz music has the strongest healing potential, and it’s not just because I play it and love it so much. I feel that it’s the improvisation in jazz that makes it so strong as a healing tool, what each individual gives to a tune from their heart and their soul when they take a solo. It’s all spontaneous, and it’s all love, and from the heart.
(Horace Silver)

Hot can be cool and cool can be hot and each can be both. But hot or cool man, Jazz is Jazz.
(Louis Armstrong)

The real innovators did their innovating by just being themselves.
(Count Basie)

To play without passion is inexcusable.
(Ludwig van Beethoven)

Music is the mediator between the spiritual & the sensual life.
(Ludwig van Beethoven)

You’re only as good as your weakest key.
(Dick Oatts)

Music should always be an adventure“.
(Coleman Hawkins)

Music is the expression of the will of nature while all other arts are expressions of the idea of nature.“.
(Rudolf Steiner)

We composers are projectors of the infinite into the finite.
(Grieg -Arthur M. Abell, Talks with Great Composers (N.Y., Philosophical Library, 1955) p.162)

I have very definite impressions while in that trance-like condition, which is the prerequisite of all true creative effort. I feel that I am one with this vibrating Force, that it is omniscient, and that I can draw upon it to an extent that is limited only by my own capacity to do so.
(Wagner – according to Humperdinck – Arthur M. Abell, Talks with Great Composers (N.Y., Philosophical Library, 1955) p.138)


There are no wrong notes in jazz: only notes in the wrong places.
(Miles Davis)

It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” 
(Miles Davis)

There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others.
(Thelonius Monk)

There are no wrong notes on the piano, just better choices.
(Thelonious Monk)

There are no wrong notes, only wrong resolutions.
(Bill Evans)

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