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.

Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.

People do not retire. They are retired by others.

My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.

Simplicity is a most complex form.

A problem is your chance to do your best.

Now I can say loudly and openly what I have been saying to myself on my knees.

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.

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.

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.

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.

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.

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.

I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.

You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.

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.

There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.