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Benny Goodman Quotes and Sayings

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That night at Carnegie Hall was a great experience.
When the thing was first put up to me I was a little dubious,
not knowing just what would be expected of us.
- Benny Goodman

One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn't keep on,
you'll find 'em.
The obstacles are all there; there are a million of 'em.
- Benny Goodman

After you've done all the work and prepared as much as you can,
what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.
- Benny Goodman

If a guy's got it, let him give it.
I'm selling music, not prejudice.
- Benny Goodman

 

Too many young musicians today want to win polls before
they learn their instruments.
- Benny Goodman

Sometimes when you start losing detail,
whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite,
you start to lose substance.
- Benny Goodman

To this day, I don't like people walking on stage not looking good.
You have to look good.
If you feel special about yourself then you're going to play special.
- Benny Goodman

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As soon as it was understood that we could handle things in our own way,
it was the thrill of my life to walk out on that stage
with people just hemming the band in.
- Benny Goodman

Some of the overflow audience actually sat on the stage.
- Benny Goodman

I remember Glenn Miller coming to me once,
before he had his own band, saying, How do you do it?
How do you get started? It's so difficult.
I told him, I don't know but whatever you do don't stop.
Just keep on going.
- Benny Goodman

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you believe in forever,
then life is just a one night stand.
- The Righteous Brothers

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

On life's journey, faith is nourishment,
virtuous deeds are a shelter,
wisdom is the light by day
and right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- The Buddha

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?"
Then a voice answers "Nothing personal,
your name just happened to come up. -
- Charlie Brown, in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
- Crowfoot (Blackfoot warrior and orator 1830 - 1890)

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
- Steve Martin

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that
can stay up all night and eat anything.
- Herb Caen

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Never get married in the morning - you never know who
you might meet that night.
- Paul Hornung

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the committee
of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck

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

Love is staying up all night with a sick child -
or a healthy adult.
- David Frost

I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on.
I walked into the tent, and there were 150 people waiting for me,
all wearing masks of my face.
- Stephen Hopkins

You have to be an original individual;
you have to find your innermost core on your own,
with no guide, no guiding scriptures.
It is a dark night, but with the intense fire of inquiry
you are bound to come to the sunrise.
Everybody who has burned with intense inquiry
has found the sunrise.
Others only believe.
Those who believe are not religious,
they are simply avoiding the great adventure
of religion by believing.
- Osho

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night.
- Edgar Allen Poe

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet,
I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the Camcorder.
- Al Gore

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say.
A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep
to dream my dreams of you.
- Roy Orbison

One of the oldest human needs is having someone
to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
- Margaret Mead

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way
so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips

Good night, and good luck.
- Edward R. Murrow

It's like driving a car at night.
You never see further than your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
- E. L. Doctorow

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was sleeping the other night, alone,
thanks to the exterminator.
- Emo Philips

I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets.
Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
- Sophie Ellis Bextor

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
- St.
Jerome

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
- Cary Grant

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both,
more bewitching than either.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

My philosophy from day one is that I can sleep better
at night if I can improve an individual's knowledge about food and wine,
and do it on a daily basis.
- Emeril Lagasse

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
- Emily Dickinson

Talking about the all night concerts,
I did some of the first all night concerts back in
the 60's with this little harmonium,
and I also had saxophone taped delays.
- Terry Riley

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal,
or during the night when I cannot sleep;
it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Last night, two men tried to force my shutters.
I recognized them: they are two of Rodin's Italian models.
He told them to kill me.
I am in his way; he wants to get rid of me.
- Camille Claudel

I think if you ask any of us here, we all dreamed of
ending up on Saturday Night Live.
I remember thinking, 'I'll just keep doing this as
long as I can get away with it.'
- Tina Fey

I'm afraid of the dark, so I have a lot of night-lights.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

Who are taking to the witch burning Saturday night?
- Stan Freberg

I remember lying on the floor of the living room with
headphones on when I was four or five years old,
listening to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
- Kevin Richardson

Poetry is not an expression of the party line.
It's that time of night, lying in bed,
thinking what you really think, making the private world public,
that's what the poet does.
- Allen Ginsberg

Like I went out to a predominantly black club last
night and nobody said anything and I was wishing somebody
would so that someone would dance with me.
- Taye Diggs

In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning,
day after day.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The blue of my eyes is extinguished in this night,
the red gold of my heart.
- Georg Trakl

Mississippi Mermaid was a very special experience because
we only had the dialogues for the scenes we were shooting the night before.
- Catherine Deneuve


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