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Duke Ellington Quotes and Sayings

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The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington

Related topics: Music

My attitude is never to be satisfied,
never enough, never.
- Duke Ellington

A problem is your chance to do your best.
- Duke Ellington

Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
- Duke Ellington

 

Fate is being kind to me.
Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
- Duke Ellington

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
- Duke Ellington

There are two kinds of worries - those you can do something
about and those you can't.
Don't spend any time on the latter.
- Duke Ellington

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Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
- Duke Ellington

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of
a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
- Duke Ellington

There is hardly any money interest in art,
and music will be there when money is gone.
- Duke Ellington

Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.
- Duke Ellington

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
- Duke Ellington

A man is a god in ruins.
- Duke Ellington

It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.
- Duke Ellington

You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
- Duke Ellington

People do not retire.
They are retired by others.
- Duke Ellington

Art is dangerous.
It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be
dangerous you don't want it.
- Duke Ellington

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
- Duke Ellington

Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do,
but sometimes they get a little carried away with what
they think someone should have done,
rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
- Duke Ellington

On becoming more acquainted with the word of the Bible,
I began to understand so much more of what I had been taught,
and of what I had learned about life and about the people in mine.
- Duke Ellington

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys) PHOTO

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may
become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
- Mary Wilson Little

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
- Baltasar Gracian

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
- Publilius Syrus

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
- William James

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
- Dean Inge

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Wise kings generally have wise counselors;
and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
- Diogenes

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good,
until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think
in your mind that the counsel is wise.
- Joan Rivers

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- Francis Bacon

Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Be happy.
It's one way of being wise.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always
better to be wise than to be smart.
- Alan Alda


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