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Jazz is rhythm and meaning. ...
by Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

I don't paint things.
I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
- Henri Matisse

 

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
- Henri Matisse

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

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Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

I do not literally paint that table,
but the emotion it produces upon me.
- Henri Matisse

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete.
It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within
the drunkard or love is within the lover.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative
painter than to paint a rose,
because before he can do so he has first to forget
all the roses that were ever painted.
- Henri Matisse

I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
- Henri Matisse

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

An artist must never be a prisoner.
Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself,
prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation,
prisoner of success, etc.
- Henri Matisse

An artist must possess Nature.
He must identify himself with her rhythm,
by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will
later enable him to express himself in his own language.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
- Henri Matisse

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before
you start walking on a tightrope.
- Henri Matisse

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches
of a tree so that it will grow better.
- Henri Matisse

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened.
If she has character, that is.
And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.
- Henri Matisse

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
- Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light
and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing
myself through light or rather in light.
- Henri Matisse

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- Henri Matisse

He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
- Henri Matisse

In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
- Henri Matisse

What I dream of is an art of balance,
of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter -
a soothing,
calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair
which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
- Henri Matisse

I don't know whether I believe in God or not.
I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist.
But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame
of mind which is close to that of prayer.
- Henri Matisse

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve.
I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz
and still not do it justice.
- Ken Burns

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States,
who had a hard time being accepted over here and had
to play in sort of these inferior type dives.
- Sonny Rollins

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album.
That makes no sense.
- Branford Marsalis

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from
the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television.
How about a monthly jazz show?
- Sonny Rollins

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang,
like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
- Mose Allison

Jazz is a very democratic musical form.
It comes out of a communal experience.
We take our respective instruments and collectively
create a thing of beauty.
- Max Roach

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

I wanted to make a jazz record.
I didn't want it to be a standards record.
- Rita Coolidge

Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth.
The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know
how to read music is over.
- Maynard Ferguson

My brother had a big band in high school;
after that we continued to play together,
eventually forming a group called the Jazz Brothers,
that recorded for Riverside Records.
- Chuck Mangione

I listen to classical music very much.
There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
- Lee Konitz

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through
their feet instead of their brains.
- John Philip Sousa

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums,
new theaters, etc.
that make America impotent.
The good things are football, kindness,
and jazz bands.
- George Santayana

I wanted to play some more grown-up music -
jazz.
- Rick Derringer

Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important
person in American music.
He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
- Ken Burns

For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
- Norman Granz

Jazz to me is a living music.
It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings,
the dreams, hopes, of the people.
- Dexter Gordon

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
- Thelonious Monk

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.
- Alexis Korner

Here in England we live at a slower pace,
have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.
- Chris Barber

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from
listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz
in New York on the radio.
- Steve Lacy

Jazz really does try to include everything.
It's always been popular music.
But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.
- Madeleine Peyroux

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes.
You're out there predicting the future,
and no one believes you.
- Branford Marsalis

I played Big Band jazz music.
I wasn't into rock and roll.
I was just there because it was a living.
I surprised everyone.
I'm still surprising people.
- Bobby Vinton

I'm not a jazz singer.
- Boz Scaggs

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing
in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because
I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here.
- Miroslav Vitous

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz.
- Jon Secada

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.
- Robert Quine

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was,
frankly, through jazz.
- John Eaton

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos,
acoustic bass and it's a dead standard,
you are going to play very differently.
It depends on the music.
- Lee Ritenour

Once you start collecting records you learn more and
more about jazz and blues.
- John Mayall

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio,
it's this new arts channel, it's really great.
- Amy Sedaris

Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a
little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
- Melvin Maddocks

I lie around the floor with my cats Billy and Jazz
or watch DVDs with my best friends.
- Cathy Freeman

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me,
if he's not playing electrically.
But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
- Ritchie Blackmore


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