Albert Einstein: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Barack Obama: "Don't do what you've always done and expect different results."
Milford Graves: "But you as an artist... What I'm talking about is an artist has to be really together. Spirit-wise, body-wise, mind-wise. You have to be in the best conditon that you can be in. Or else you're no good to anybody. It's like a medical doctor telling you ‘I can take care of your cold’ and he's sneezing and coughing all over the place."
Gary Zukav: "Every day we are confronted with opportunities to make choices. Make choices that increase your power rather than choices that deplete your power."
Vince Lombardi Jr: "Total commitment means no loafing, idling, standing around, goofing off, or phoning in sick...Intensity, singleness of purpose, total commitment: these were qualities that I believe had the most to do with the Packers' success. And no one worked harder, no one wanted to win and succeed more, than my father did."
Wes Montgomery: "I never practice my guitar - from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat."
Lewis F. Presnall: "Man's search for serenity is a quest for enlightenment about himself. The most puzzling problem we face is the riddle of our own minds...Man wishes for peace of mind, yet acts as though he were afraid of solitude."
John Coltrane: "I want to discover a method so that if I want it to rain, it will start immediately to rain. If one of my friends is ill, I'd like to play a certain song and he'll be cured. When he'd be broke, I'd bring out a different song, and immediately he'd get all the money he needed. But what these pieces are, and what is the road to attain the knowledge of them, that I don't know. The true powers of music are still unknown. To be able to conrol them must be, I believe, the goal of every musician."
Libba Bray: "I don't get jazz. It always sounds like a bunch of toddlers let go in a music room."
Darius Milhaud: "It is curious how people go on believing that the musician knows less about what he is doing than those that judge him."
Michael Jordan: "There is a right and a wrong way to do everything. If you practice eight hours a day doing something the wrong way, you will become very good at doing it the wrong way."
Thelonius Monk: "Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time."
Oprah Winfrey: "When we talk about goals and they say they want Cadillacs, I say, if you cannot talk correctly, if you cannot read or do math, if you become pregnant, if you drop out of school, you will never have a Cadillac, I guarantee it! And if you get Ds or Fs on your report card, you're out of this group. Don't tell me you want to do great things with your life if all you carry to school is a radio."
John Lennon: "Imagine peace"
Hannah Pickett: "If you knew for sure that you had just one more year to live, what would you do?"
Keith Jarrett: "A truly valuable artist realizes the impossibility of his task and then continues to do it."
Eddie Condon: "The boppers flat their fifths, we consume ours."
Ted Ashford, Jack's college music theory instructor wrote this on the board at the beginning of the first class: "You don't have to learn this stuff, but you will have to compete with someone who did".
Anna Polly Wilfer (This is engraved beneath her picture on her grave stone in Racine Wisconsin. She lived 1916-2004): "? lamron eb yhw"