Thelonious Monk Quotes

Top 48 wise famous quotes and sayings by Thelonious Monk

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Thelonious Monk quotes: A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination. A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Jazz is my adventure. Jazz is my adventure.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Everyone is a genius at being themselves Everyone is a genius at being themselves
Thelonious Monk quotes: Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture. Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I was playing birthday parties. House-rent parties where they used to sell whisky during prohibition. I was playing birthday parties. House-rent parties where they used to sell whisky during prohibition.
Thelonious Monk quotes: We have two kids, my wife and myself. We have two kids, my wife and myself.
Thelonious Monk quotes: After two takes you're imitating yourself. After two takes you're imitating yourself.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time. Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Monk's reasons for dancing during a performance: "I get tired sitting down at the piano! That way I can dig the rhythm better. Monk's reasons for dancing during a performance: "I get tired sitting down at the piano! That way I can dig the rhythm better.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I made the wrong mistakes I made the wrong mistakes
Thelonious Monk quotes: I played the wrong wrong notes. I played the wrong wrong notes.
Thelonious Monk quotes: There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others. There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others.
Thelonious Monk quotes: The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances. The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances.
Thelonious Monk quotes: They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it. They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I never though much about race. I never though much about race.
Thelonious Monk quotes: The piano ain't got no wrong notes. The piano ain't got no wrong notes.
Thelonious Monk quotes: A genius is the one most like himself. A genius is the one most like himself.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Don't play everything (or every time); let some things go by ... What you don't play can be more important than what you do. Don't play everything (or every time); let some things go by ... What you don't play can be more important than what you do.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Miles'd got killed if he hit me. Miles'd got killed if he hit me.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I'd go stupid collecting and counting my money. I'd go stupid collecting and counting my money.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I don't know what other people are doing - I just know about me. I don't know what other people are doing - I just know about me.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I'm famous. Ain't that a bitch? I'm famous. Ain't that a bitch?
Thelonious Monk quotes: You've got to dig it to dig it, you dig? You've got to dig it to dig it, you dig?
Thelonious Monk quotes: I compose my pieces with a formula that I created myself. I compose my pieces with a formula that I created myself.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it. I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I have to listen to New York; I live there. I wasn't born there, but I've been living there all my life. I have to listen to New York; I live there. I wasn't born there, but I've been living there all my life.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I can shoot pool, and I can play ping-pong. I'm pretty good at those games. I can shoot pool, and I can play ping-pong. I'm pretty good at those games.
Thelonious Monk quotes: I didn't know there were 2 ten o'clocks in a day ... I didn't know there were 2 ten o'clocks in a day ...
Thelonious Monk quotes: The inside of the tune [the bridge] is the part that makes the outside sound good. The inside of the tune [the bridge] is the part that makes the outside sound good.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Jazz is freedom. You think about that. Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it. Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it.
Thelonious Monk quotes: The loudest noise in the world is silence. The loudest noise in the world is silence.
Thelonious Monk quotes: Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy
Thelonious Monk quotes: I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano, I guess I would've been the biggest bum. I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano, I guess I would've been the biggest bum.