Duke Ellington Quotes

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

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

Playing ‘bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing. Duke Ellington

My biggest kick in music – playing or writing – is when I have a problem. Without a problem to solve, how much interest do you take in anything. Duke Ellington

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

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

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young. Duke Ellington

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

Self-discipline, as a virtue or an acquired asset, can be invaluable to anyone. Duke Ellington

There is no art when one does something without intention. Duke Ellington