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Kathleen Battle Quotes and Sayings

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Wynton and Christopher were really great experiences
for me because they are both very gifted artists.
- Kathleen Battle

I sing what I sing.
- Kathleen Battle

The question is not...
if art is enough to fulfill my life,
but if I am true to the path I have set for myself,
if I am the best I can be in the things I do.
Am I living up to the reasons I became a singer in the first place?
- Kathleen Battle

Wynton told us that Miles sold out, just wanted to make more money,
just wanted to sell more records.
I don't believe that Miles sold out but I'm not in a position to say.
- Ken Burns

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Don't wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.
- 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 musicians I respected were much older than me.
I expected them to cut my head, and they did.
- Wynton Marsalis

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

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

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

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

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

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

The bandstand is a sacred place.
- Wynton Marsalis

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

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

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

Thank the good Lord for a job.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

In all of his bestsellers, the Divine has told the truth,
custom-tailored to the comprehension of the times.
- Ernest Holmes

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis

Life is about more than today, and more than yourself.
What will your legacy be?
What will your great-grandchildren be told about you?
Creating a legacy does not have to be a burden,
it can be your joy and can create
your satisfaction with living each day.
What kind of world do you want to leave your great-grandchildren?
What can you do today to help create that world?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.
It's not.
Mine had me trained in two days.
- Bill Dana

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a
good defense cannot beat a better offense.'
In other words a good offense wins.
- Dan Quayle

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

I've told my children that when I die,
to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated.
For me, death is a graduation.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours,
I must look her straight in the eyes.
- Prince Charles

When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation,
he offered to touch-up my X-rays.
- Henny Youngman

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that
I was the most precious thing in his life.
- Dawn French

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles


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