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Many a revolution started with the actions of a few.
by Wynton Marsalis

Many a revolution started with the actions of a few.
Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
A few hanging together can lead a nation to change.
- Wynton Marsalis

I sounded like myself.
People be saying I sound like Miles or Clifford Brown.
- Wynton Marsalis

I dress up a certain way because I respect the music.
- Wynton Marsalis

The nerves are a problem on trumpet,
because when you mess up everyone can hear it.
Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it.
That should calm your nerves.
- Wynton Marsalis

 

There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out,
are willing to put themselves on the line,
and risk everything for their beliefs.
- Wynton Marsalis

The best way to be, is to do.
- Wynton Marsalis

Only a few act - the rest of us reap the benefits of their risk.
- Wynton Marsalis

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Thank the good Lord for a job.
- Wynton Marsalis

Don't worry about what others say about your music.
Pursue whatever you are hearing...
but if everybody really hates your music maybe you
could try some different approaches.
- Wynton Marsalis

I got my first trumpet when I was six years old,
from Al Hirt.
My father was playing in Al Hirt's band at that time.
- Wynton Marsalis

The young very seldom lead anything in our country today.
It's been quite some time since a younger generation
pushed an older one to a higher standard.
- Wynton Marsalis

Trumpet players see each other, and it's like we're
getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something.
- Wynton Marsalis

What I really have in my head, my imagination,
my understanding of music, I never really get that out.
- Wynton Marsalis

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do.
When one of his string quartets was played,
you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
- Wynton Marsalis

Don't settle for style.
Succeed in substance.
- Wynton Marsalis

Through first-class education, a generation marches
down the long uncertain road of the future with confidence.
- Wynton Marsalis

What, other than injustice, could be the reason that
the displaced citizens of New Orleans cannot be accommodated
by the richest nation in the world?
- Wynton Marsalis

The first time I ever played the trumpet in public,
I played the Marine Hymn.
I sounded terrible.
- Wynton Marsalis

When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?
- Wynton Marsalis

The bandstand is a sacred place.
- Wynton Marsalis

We looked up to our father.
He still is much greater than us.
- Wynton Marsalis

This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect
opportunity to see if we're ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King.
- Wynton Marsalis

We always hear about the rights of democracy,
but the major responsibility of it is participation.
- Wynton Marsalis

I didn't want to get that ring around my lips from practicing the trumpet,
because I thought the girls wouldn't like me.
So I never practiced.
- Wynton Marsalis

Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn
to play in three or four years or that you can just
get because you have some talent for music.
- Wynton Marsalis

Even in these times, there are still neighbors that
will turn their backs on neighbors.
- Wynton Marsalis

Don't wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.
- Wynton Marsalis

My daddy expected that my brothers and I and our generation
would make the world a better place.
He had lived in an America of continual social progress.
- Wynton Marsalis

My older brother and myself always played together in bands,
but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
- Wynton Marsalis

Maybe the preoccupation with technological progress
has overshadowed our concern with human progress.
- Wynton Marsalis

When I first came to New York everybody on the scene
would treat me like I could play,
but I couldn't.
- Wynton Marsalis

The musicians I respected were much older than me.
I expected them to cut my head, and they did.
- Wynton Marsalis

I believe in professionalism, but playing is not like a job.
You have to be grateful to have the opportunity to play.
- Wynton Marsalis

I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege.
It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit
of doing something that you don't want to do.
- Wynton Marsalis

The rebuilding of New Orleans is an important point
in the history of the United States.
- Wynton Marsalis

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
- Wynton Marsalis

I always read all these books about the slaves.
My mother is very educated.
My father would talk to us like we were grown men.
We never knew what he was talking about half the time.
- Wynton Marsalis

It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans.
In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American
democracy and American glory.
- Wynton Marsalis

Whenever you face a man who's playing your instrument,
there's a competition.
- Wynton Marsalis

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel,
listening to it.
- Wynton Marsalis

It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our
modern way of relating to one another.
- Wynton Marsalis

You need a team.
You need people to push you.
You need opponents.
- Wynton Marsalis

When I auditioned for my high school band the band
director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician.
When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?'
- Wynton Marsalis

People have taken time out of their day and spent their
money to come sit down at a concert.
And it's jazz music-it's not easy for them to get to it.
I don't want them ever to feel that I'm taking their presence lightly.
- Wynton Marsalis

I feel like a lot of the fundamental material,
I've assimilated.
So now the question is: Am I going to really get into
my spiritual inheritance of music and really develop my abilities?
- Wynton Marsalis

I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy.
We dropped the ball.
We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes
to the public corruption of our democracy.
- Wynton Marsalis

There are forces all around you who wish to exploit division,
rob you of your freedom, and tell you what to think.
But young folks can rekindle the weary spirit of a slumbering nation.
- Wynton Marsalis

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Celebration has many different outfits
but she always wears the same beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren


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