Compatible Quotes: Life

We in the Western world suffer from too many categories and classes; we’ve forgotten that we all still have diapers on. We’ve separated music from life.—Ornette Coleman

If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.—Charlie Parker

What we play is life.—Louis Armstrong

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.—Emily Dickinson

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  1. Charlton Price says

    Maurice Sendak [1928-2012] (“Where the Wild Things Are” and other classics for more than just children) in a conversation with Bill Moyers that re-aired this week, mentioned that he carried in a shirt pocket a small booklet of Emily Dickinson poems. He said that he found her frighteningly courageous and inspiring.

  2. SeptemberintheRain says

    I might add George Gershwin’s true and immortal words:
    “Life is a lot like jazz.. it’s best when you improvise.”

  3. Gary Foster says

    “The artist should call forth all his energy, his sincerity, and the greatest possible modesty in order to push aside during his work the old cliches that come so readily to his hand and can suffocate the small flower which itself never turns out as one expected.”

    HENRI MATISSE from Jazz

  4. Dr. Mike Baughan says

    OK folks, this’ getting too heavy, so I’ll throw in the obvious:

    “Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
    Come to the Cabaret!”

  5. Klaus says

    “It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play,”
    said the immortal Dizzy; wise man, indeed.

  6. says

    Monday, for me, will bring a Requiem Mass and other celebrations related to the life of Terry Steward who was, at varying times, a mortgage salesman, a banker, a recruiter in a factory, a top level business manager and, throughout all of that, a great jazz saxophone player and composer/arranger in London and the South of England. In his latter years he studied for the Church and became a Lay Preacher.

    On his one LP he says “My Philosophy has been to Work enough to Live.” In reality he did very much more – his “Life” will be fondly and gratefully remembered on Monday and for a long time to come by many who derived benefit from it.