Thelonious Monk Quotes

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Thelonious Monk Quotes

I dont have a definition of Jazz. Youre just supposed to know it when you hear it.
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Where's jazz going? I don't know. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens.

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I'm famous. Ain't that a bitch?

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Don't play everything (or every time); let some things go by ... What you don't play can be more important than what you do.

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I don't know what other people are doing - I just know about me.

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The loudest noise in the world is silence.

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The majority of juice-heads and winos and junkies arent musicians.

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When I was a kid, some of the guys would try to get me to hate white people for what they've been doing to Negroes, and for a while I tried real hard. But every time I got to hating them, some white guy would come along and mess the whole thing up.

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I didn't know there were 2 ten o'clocks in a day ...

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The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances.

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I always believed in being myself.

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I was playing birthday parties. House-rent parties where they used to sell whisky during prohibition.

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A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.

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Jazz is my adventure.

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Man, that cat [Ornette Coleman] is nuts.

— Thelonious Monk

I made the wrong mistakes

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