Duke Ellington Quotes

Top 59 wise famous quotes and sayings by Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington quotes: Love is supreme and unconditional. Like is nice, but limited. Love is supreme and unconditional. Like is nice, but limited.
Duke Ellington quotes: My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never. My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
Duke Ellington quotes: A goal is a dream with a finish line. A goal is a dream with a finish line.
Duke Ellington quotes: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.
Duke Ellington quotes: Sing sweet, but put a little dirt in it. Sing sweet, but put a little dirt in it.
Duke Ellington quotes: What does music mean to you? What would you do without music? What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?
Duke Ellington quotes: A problem is a chance for you to do your best. A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
Duke Ellington quotes: People do not retire. They are retired by others. People do not retire. They are retired by others.
Duke Ellington quotes: Be a number one yourself. And not a number two somebody else. Be a number one yourself. And not a number two somebody else.
Duke Ellington quotes: Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste. Create, and be true to yourself, and depend only on your own good taste.
Duke Ellington quotes: My biggest kick in music -playing or writing- is when I have a problem. Without a problem to solve, how much interest do you take in anything? My biggest kick in music -playing or writing- is when I have a problem. Without a problem to solve, how much interest do you take in anything?
Duke Ellington quotes: You can't write music right unless you know how the man that'll play it plays poker. You can't write music right unless you know how the man that'll play it plays poker.
Duke Ellington quotes: Jazz today, as always in the past, is a matter of thoughtful creation, not mere unaided instinct. Jazz today, as always in the past, is a matter of thoughtful creation, not mere unaided instinct.
Duke Ellington quotes: Hurry, get on board, it's comin', listen to those rails a-thrumming all aboard. Get on the "A" train, soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem. Hurry, get on board, it's comin', listen to those rails a-thrumming all aboard. Get on the "A" train, soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem.
Duke Ellington quotes: Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it. Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Duke Ellington quotes: By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with. By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
Duke Ellington quotes: The Europeans who went to Africa came back with modern' art. What is more African than a Picasso? The Europeans who went to Africa came back with modern' art. What is more African than a Picasso?
Duke Ellington quotes: There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
Duke Ellington quotes: New music? Hell, there's been no new music since Stravinsky. New music? Hell, there's been no new music since Stravinsky.
Duke Ellington quotes: Everyone prays in their own language, and there is no language that God does not understand. Everyone prays in their own language, and there is no language that God does not understand.
Duke Ellington quotes: There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone. There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.
Duke Ellington quotes: Of the One O'Clock Lab Band after hearing their performance, and sitting in with them at the White House: "I wish it were mine". Of the One O'Clock Lab Band after hearing their performance, and sitting in with them at the White House: "I wish it were mine".
Duke Ellington quotes: Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young. Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
Duke Ellington quotes: Tomorrow is in the wings waiting for you to sound her entrance fanfare. Tomorrow is in the wings waiting for you to sound her entrance fanfare.
Duke Ellington quotes: Every man prays in his own language. Every man prays in his own language.
Duke Ellington quotes: Somehow I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be a jazz fan himself. Somehow I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be a jazz fan himself.
Duke Ellington quotes: I don't need time, I need a deadline. I don't need time, I need a deadline.
Duke Ellington quotes: You've got to find a way of saying it without saying it. You've got to find a way of saying it without saying it.
Duke Ellington quotes: The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen. The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.
Duke Ellington quotes: Playing 'bop' is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing. Playing 'bop' is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
Duke Ellington quotes: Critics get a little carried away with what someone should have done, rather than what he did. Critics get a little carried away with what someone should have done, rather than what he did.
Duke Ellington quotes: If it sounds good, it IS good. If it sounds good, it IS good.
Duke Ellington quotes: I fluffed off the guy who kept requesting tunes all night, then found out he was the King's son. I fluffed off the guy who kept requesting tunes all night, then found out he was the King's son.
Duke Ellington quotes: Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn't do nothing. Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn't do nothing.
Duke Ellington quotes: The wise musicians are those who play what they can master. The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
Duke Ellington quotes: There is no art when one does something without intention. There is no art when one does something without intention.
Duke Ellington quotes: Music is the tonal reflection of beauty. Music is the tonal reflection of beauty.
Duke Ellington quotes: You have to stop listening in categories. The music is either good or it's bad. You have to stop listening in categories. The music is either good or it's bad.
Duke Ellington quotes: There is no art without intention. There is no art without intention.
Duke Ellington quotes: A Satin Doll is a woman who is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. A Satin Doll is a woman who is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.
Duke Ellington quotes: Self-discipline, as a virtue or an acquired asset, can be invaluable to anyone. Self-discipline, as a virtue or an acquired asset, can be invaluable to anyone.
Duke Ellington quotes: It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something. It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.
Duke Ellington quotes: It doesn't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing It doesn't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing
Duke Ellington quotes: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom. Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
Duke Ellington quotes: Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion. Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion.
Duke Ellington quotes: If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good! If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!
Duke Ellington quotes: Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one. Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.