Sooner or later we must realize there is no station,
no one place to arrive at once and for all.
The true joy of life is the trip.
Robert Hastings

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
W. Somerset Maugham

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
Steven Spielberg

In all things of nature
there is something of the marvelous.
Frank Herbert




Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.
The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward.
When we are listened to, it creates us,
makes us unfold, and expand.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by
the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Nelson Boswell

Music is the last true voice of the human spirit.
It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color
straight to the mind and heart of all people.
George Eliot

Obstacles are what you see
when you take your eyes off the goal.
Benjamin Franklin

once admitted to the soul,
becomes a sort of spirit,
and never dies.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

The secret of all power is - save your force.
If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.
Publilius Syrus

The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes
... ah, that is where the art resides.
Artur Schnabel

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you
can listen to the B Minor Mass?
Michael Torke

If I were to begin life again,
I would devote it to music.
It is the only cheap and unpunished
rapture upon earth.
Sydney Smith

You are the music while the music lasts.
T.S. Eliot

He who hears music,
feels his solitude peopled at once.
Robert Browning

You can't possibly hear
the last movement of
Beethoven's Seventh
and go slow.

Oscar Levant,
explaining his way
out of a speeding ticket.

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Jean Paul Richter

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy
all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

In order to compose, all you need to do is
remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
Robert Schumann

I'd rather be a musician than a rock star.
George Harrison

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

Use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except the best.
Henry Van Dyke


Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
Anais Nin

You cannot govern the creative impulse;
all you can do is to eliminate obstacles
and smooth the way for it.
Kimon Nicoliades

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
Paul Whiteman

One word frees us
of all the weight
and pain of life:
That word is love.

Live so that when your children
think of fairness and integrity,
they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The trouble is if you don’t
spend your life yourself,
other people will spend it for you.
Peter Shaffer


O. Henry
"Gift of the Magi"

To me there are three things
everyone should do every day.
Number one is laugh.
Number two is think,
spend some time in thought.
Number three,
have your emotions
move you to tears.
If you laugh, think, and cry,
that's a heck of a day.
Jim Valvano

I've come up with the theory that the music is within.
We don't bring it in; it's already there.
We have to figure out how to get it out.
Howard Roberts

Music is an immediate art;
it's always happening right now.
Sam Andrew

Guitarists should be able to pick up the guitar
and play music on it for an hour,
without a rhythm section or anything.
Joe Pass

The guitar is
just a wonderful instrument.
It's everything:
a bartender,
a psychiatrist,
a housewife.
It's everything,
but it's elusive.
Les Paul

A good player can make any guitar sound good.
Michael Bloomfield

Originality depends only on the character
of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.
Georges Seurat

Flatter me,
and I may not believe you.
Criticize me,
and I may not like you.
Ignore me,
and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me,
and I will not forget you.
William Arthur Ward

No need to hurry.
No need to sparkle.
No need to be anybody but oneself.
Virginia Woolf

The past is never where you think you left it.
Katherine Anne Porter

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Flowers don't tell, they show.
That's the way good books should be too.
Stephanie Skeem

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Gary Snyder

I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough, what is enough?
Vincent van Gogh

To be poor and be without trees,
is to be the most
starved human being in the world.
To be poor and have trees,
is to be completely rich
in ways that money can never buy.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Love the trees until their leaves fall off,
then encourage them to try again next year.
Chad Sugg

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
John Keats

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.
Gretel Ehrlich

There are two mistakes
one can make along the road to truth,
not going all the way, and not starting.

Turn yourself not away from three best things:
Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.


I would advise you to keep your overhead down;
avoid a major drug habit; play everyday,
and take it in front of other people.
They need to hear it
and you need them to hear it.
James Taylor

Without Elvis, none of us could have made it.
Buddy Holly

All music is folk music.
I ain't never heard no horse sing a song.
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O.
Ira Gershwin

In music the passions enjoy themselves.

We borrowed it all from Coltrane.
I started encouraging everybody in the band
to listen to John Coltrane.
Check it out, see what these guys do.
They take one chord, the tonic chord,
and just play all over it.
We can do that too.
I wanted to make our music
something really amazing.
I wanted it to be jaw-dropping,
and turn on a dime,
and do all of those things
that I knew music could do,
and nobody told us we couldn't do it.
Jerry Garcia was behind it
the whole way.
Phil Lesh

The history of a people is found in its songs.
George Jellinek

The whole idea is that if you turn your amp up to 10,
you should still be able to play at a whisper.
You've got to learn to control your hands.
Michael Bloomfield


You could listen to Woody Guthrie songs
and actually learn how to live.
Bob Dylan

Whatever your standing in life,
the most important thing is behaving
in ways that help other people.
It's the same with music.
I am a servant of the music
and if I get caught up in ego,
I'll lose everything,
it'll burn, and that's a guarantee.
Eric Clapton

Play the music, not the instrument.
Author Unknown

Although one can get very clever at home,
progress comes a lot quicker if you step into a room
with other people and start playing.
Steve Howe

I couldn't believe how good Jimi Hendrix was.
It was a really difficult thing for me to deal with.
I just had to surrender and say, “This is fantastic."
Eric Clapton

Music is an outburst of the soul.
Frederick Deluis

A jazz musician is a juggler
who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
Benny Green

I never tried to prove nothing,
just wanted to give a good show.
My life has always been my music,
it's always come first,
but the music ain't worth nothing if you
can't lay it on the public.
The main thing is to live for that audience,
'cause what you're there for
is to please the people.
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

The pause is as important as the note.
Truman Fisher

Whenever you study composition you inevitably
encounter Bach right off the bat.
You can't get across the room without
running into him and the other greats.
Analyzing Bach absolutely
influenced my jazz playing.
Howard Roberts

I wanted to create music that was so different
my mother could tell me from anyone else.
Les Paul

I have my own particular sorrows,
loves, delights;
and you have yours.
But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope,
love, belong to all of us,
in all times and in all places.
Music is the only means whereby
we feel these emotions in their universality.
H. A. Overstreet

Surrender your whole being into a note,
and gravity disappears.
With one chord, John Lee Hooker
could tell a story as deep as the ocean.
Carlos Santana

An intellectual is someone who can listen to the
"William Tell Overture"
without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
John Chesson

Writing has laws of perspective,
of light and shade,
just as painting does, or music.
If you are born knowing them, fine.
If not, learn them.
Then rearrange the rules
to suit yourself.
Truman Capote

Life is like music;
it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct,
not by rule.
Samuel Butler

Do it again on the next verse,
and people think you meant it.
Chet Atkins

When I'm on stage,
I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
Just like church does.
People don't go to church to find trouble;
they go there to lose it.
James Brown

What will a child learn sooner than a song?
Maria de Jesus

There is always one moment in childhood
when the door opens and lets the future in.
Alfred E. Newman

Like any child,
I slid into myself
perfectly fitted,
as a diver
meets her reflection
in a pool.
Her fingertips enter
the fingertips on the water,
her wrists slide up her arms.
The diver wraps herself
in her reflection wholly,
sealing it at the toes,
and wears it as she climbs
rising from the pool,
and ever after.
Annie Dillard

My inspiration comes from
the message Duke Ellington gave:
You are unique, be yourself,
put out that thing that is you,
then use your work ethic
and produce great music.
Kenny Burrell

I don't think anybody steals anything;
all of us borrow.
B. B. King

The more you know,
the less you know.
I don't feel like I know shit anymore,
but I love it.
Mike Stern

I've said that playing the blues
is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
B. B. King

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language;
it was below and before speech,
and it is above and beyond all words.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
and all of heaven we have below.
Joseph Addison

Music isn't just learning notes and playing them.
You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.
Katie Greenwood

I like the clubs because we have
two or three acoustic guitars up there
and we're not hard-core slamming or stomping
through the music.
We're singing it with intricate harmonies
and really showing the craftsmanship.
Toby Keith

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

I started playing jazz by slowing down
Tal Farlow records and analyzing his runs.
Lenny Breau

The guitar is a means of expressing music.
When you get into the emotional side of it,
then it's not the guitar that matters
as much as the music itself.
But, the guitar is the vehicle I use.
It's how I express myself.
As for the emotional side,
music takes up where language leaves off.
To try and verbalize what music says,
emotionally and spiritually,
is futile.
Let me put it this way,
Louis Armstrong once said
if you've got to ask,
you'll never know.
Charlie Byrd

Before I compose a piece,
I walk around it several times,
accompanied by myself.
Erik Satie

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Bach gave us God's Word.
Mozart gave us God's laughter.
Beethoven gave us God's fire.
God gave us music
that we might pray without words.

(Quote from outside an old opera house.)