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Bobby McFerrin Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bobby McFerrin.

But, if there's any aspect of my career that needs attention,
it's writing.
- Bobby McFerrin

I have a lot of albums yet to do.
- Bobby McFerrin

The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.
- Bobby McFerrin

I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit.
- Bobby McFerrin

 

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
- Bobby McFerrin

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents.
- Bobby McFerrin

I like to use the audience as my color palette,
my instrument.
- Bobby McFerrin

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I like a very dark house, just black.
I sit there and just think.
Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin.
It's very personal; it has to be.
One song may be Bach, the next blues,
a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece.
- Bobby McFerrin

Part of our responsibility as parents,
as adults, is to set examples for children.
But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.
- Bobby McFerrin

It's not that I don't love the song.
My songs are like my children: some you want around
and some you want to send off to college as soon as possible.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out
on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind.
I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical,
but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing.
- Bobby McFerrin

I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me.
I started working about a month later at the piano bar.
- Bobby McFerrin

Miles Davis turned his back to the audience when he came out on stage,
and he offended people.
But, he wasn't there to entertain; he was all about the music.
I kind of do that.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet,
and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra -
besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
- Bobby McFerrin

I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning
to be a musician was actually very wonderful.
- Bobby McFerrin

I don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing.
I want my mind as clear as possible.
- Bobby McFerrin

When I'm on stage by myself, I don't have to think about anything.
I don't have to worry about anything because I'm not
responsible for anything except just opening my mouth
and making sure music comes out.
- Bobby McFerrin

I did the one concert, and I was not bitten by the conducting bug,
and I thought I was done, but then the phone started to ring,
and gradually, over time, I started conducting more and more.
Now a third of my performances are with orchestras.
- Bobby McFerrin

I do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to
go to the studio and write good music.
- Bobby McFerrin

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College,
which was in southern California; they had one of the
best big band programs in the country at the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people
to stop thinking about their pain for a moment,
or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get
up and tell their boss off...
then I'll be successful.
- Bobby McFerrin

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft,
and I was around that growing up.
- Bobby McFerrin

Well, I started conducting kind of by accident.
I wanted to give myself a special birthday present
for my fortieth birthday,
and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I
started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
- Bobby McFerrin

I'd actually been making my living as an organist with
bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old,
and then as a senior in high school I put together
a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet.
- Bobby McFerrin

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

God's Spirit moves through us and the world
at a pace that can never be constricted
by any one religious paradigm.
I love that.
- Bono

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction
because of the variety of factors in operation,
not because of any lack of order in nature.
- Albert Einstein

One who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry,
and one who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
- Mark Twain

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln


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