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Wynton Marsalis Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank the good Lord for a job.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The bandstand is a sacred place.
- Wynton Marsalis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline
when you're a winner, when you're number one.
What you've got to have is faith and discipline
when you're not yet a winner.
- Vince Lombardi

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway.
You've got to get down to your
own God in your own temple.
It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
- Thurgood Marshall

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
- Bill Watterson

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money.
Money is not enough, money can be got,
but they need your hearts to love them.
So, spread your love everywhere you go.
- Mother Teresa

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby


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