Duke Ellington Best Quotes

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Enjoy Duke Ellington’s best quotes below.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
“Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.”
“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”
“My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.”
“Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.”
“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”
“Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.”
“By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.”
“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”
“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.”
“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.”
“You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.”
“There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.”
“It’s like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.”
“Playing ‘bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.”
“People do not retire. They are retired by others.”
“A man is a god in ruins.”
“Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.”
“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.”

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