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Bobby McFerrin Quotes and Sayings

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Part of our responsibility as parents,
as adults, is to set examples for children.
But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.
- Bobby McFerrin

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

I like to use the audience as my color palette,
my instrument.
- Bobby McFerrin

I do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to
go to the studio and write good music.
- Bobby McFerrin

 

My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft,
and I was around that growing up.
- Bobby McFerrin

I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me.
I started working about a month later at the piano bar.
- Bobby McFerrin

The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.
- Bobby McFerrin

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I have a lot of albums yet to do.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College,
which was in southern California; they had one of the
best big band programs in the country at the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning
to be a musician was actually very wonderful.
- Bobby McFerrin

But, if there's any aspect of my career that needs attention,
it's writing.
- Bobby McFerrin

I don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing.
I want my mind as clear as possible.
- Bobby McFerrin

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
- Bobby McFerrin

Miles Davis turned his back to the audience when he came out on stage,
and he offended people.
But, he wasn't there to entertain; he was all about the music.
I kind of do that.
- Bobby McFerrin

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents.
- Bobby McFerrin

It's not that I don't love the song.
My songs are like my children: some you want around
and some you want to send off to college as soon as possible.
- Bobby McFerrin

I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit.
- Bobby McFerrin

I'd actually been making my living as an organist with
bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old,
and then as a senior in high school I put together
a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet,
and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra -
besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out
on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind.
I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical,
but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing.
- Bobby McFerrin

If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people
to stop thinking about their pain for a moment,
or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get
up and tell their boss off...
then I'll be successful.
- Bobby McFerrin

Well, I started conducting kind of by accident.
I wanted to give myself a special birthday present
for my fortieth birthday,
and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I
started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
- Bobby McFerrin

I like a very dark house, just black.
I sit there and just think.
Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin.
It's very personal; it has to be.
One song may be Bach, the next blues,
a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece.
- Bobby McFerrin

When I'm on stage by myself, I don't have to think about anything.
I don't have to worry about anything because I'm not
responsible for anything except just opening my mouth
and making sure music comes out.
- Bobby McFerrin

I did the one concert, and I was not bitten by the conducting bug,
and I thought I was done, but then the phone started to ring,
and gradually, over time, I started conducting more and more.
Now a third of my performances are with orchestras.
- Bobby McFerrin

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson PHOTO

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart,
and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A contradiction can not exist in reality.
Not in part, nor in whole.
- Terry Goodkind

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A part of you has grown in me.
And so you see, it's you and me
together forever and never apart,
maybe in distance, but never in heart.
- Anonymous

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

I love you because I love you.
You are a part of me, and
I need no reasons to love you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for that part of me you bring out.
- Roy Croft

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.
- Khalil Gibran

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Property is intended to serve life,
and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect,
it has no personal being.
It is part of the earth man walks on.
It is not man.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

If you get frustrated by some of your family,
focus on the good aspects of your relationship
and attempt to overlook the irritations.
Then give thanks for everyone who plays a part in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always question WHY you are doing something.
Is it a free-will gift or an obligation?
That which is done out of a feeling of obligation
is unworkable as a substitute for a gift.
Obligation creates a feeling of resentment on your part,
and evokes resentment rather than gratitude
on the part of the recipient.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Each of us shares a unity with Spirit and all life,
and simultaneously each of us is an individual with free will.
There is a duality to us as separate and as part of the whole.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

No partner in a love relationship...
should feel that he has to give up
an essential part of himself to make it viable.
- May Sarton

You know you love someone when you know
you want them to be happy,
even if their happiness means
that you are not a part of it.
- Anonymous

All major religious traditions
carry basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness.
The important thing is they should
be part of our daily lives.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the
part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
- Honore de Balzac

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes
the greater part of his life getting his living.
- Henry David Thoreau

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

The system of nature, of which man is a part,
tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting,
self-cleansing.
Not so with technology.
- E. F. Schumacher

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of
the hygiene of older people,
and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
- Logan P. Smith


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