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Duke Ellington quotes (20)

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