John Coltrane Quotes

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John Coltrane Quotes

I never even thought about whether or not they understand what Im doing ... the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as theres some feeling of communication, it isnt necessary that it be understood.
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I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.

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I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.

— John Coltrane

I believe that men are here to grow themselves into best good that they can be - at least, this is what I want to do.

— John Coltrane

Any time you play your horn, it helps you. If you get down, you can help yourself even in a rock 'n' roll band.

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One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.

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There is never any end ... There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at. And always, there is the need to keep purifying these feelings and sounds so that we can really see what we've discovered in its pure state.

— John Coltrane

And it's always been a thing with me to feel that all men know the truth, see? ... The truth itself doesn't have a name on it. To me. Each man has to find this for himself, I think. I believe that men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be ... I'm not interested in trying to say what it will be, I don't know. But I believe that good will only bring good.

— John Coltrane

God breathes through us so completely ... So gently we hardly feel it ... yet it is our everything.

— John Coltrane

That is one of the main causes of this arrogance: the idea of power. Then you lose your true power which is to be part of all, and the only way you can be part of all is to understand it. And when you don't understand, you have to go humbly to it. You don't go to school and say, 'I know what you're going to teach me'.

— John Coltrane

Considering the great heritage in music that we have - the work of the giants of the past, the present, and the promise of those who are to come - I feel that we have every reason to face the future optimistically.

— John Coltrane

The main thing a musician would like to do is to give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things he knows of and senses in the universe.

— John Coltrane

The first time I heard Bird play, it hit me right between the eyes.

— John Coltrane

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