30 Total Quotes

Duke Ellington Quotes

There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician #Art

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

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master
Duke Ellington
#Musicians

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician

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

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
#American Musician

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician #Energy

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

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

Roaming through the jungle of "oohs" and "ahs," searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.
Duke Ellington
#Life

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician #Famous

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
#American Musician #The bible

My mother told me I was blessed, and I have always taken her word for it. Being born of -- or reincarnated from -- royalty is nothing Like being blessed. Royalty is inherited from another human being; blessedness comes from God.
Duke Ellington
#Mother

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

People do not retire. They are retired by others.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician #People

The Europeans who went to Africa came back with "modern' art. What is more African than a Picasso?
Duke Ellington
#Art

A problem is your chance to do your best.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician

in recognition of his musical genius, which evoked aesthetically the principles of democracy through the medium of jazz and thus made an indelible contribution to art and culture.
Duke Ellington
#Democracy

Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician

Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician

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
#American Musician

You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
Duke Ellington
#American Musician