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John Coltrane Quote: “One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.”

One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.

— John Coltrane



John Coltrane Quote: “I think music is an instrument. It can create the initial thought patterns that can change the thinking of people.”

I think music is an instrument. It can create the initial thought patterns that can change the thinking of people.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.”

I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.”

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Invest yourself in everything you do. There’s fun in being serious.”

Invest yourself in everything you do. There’s fun in being serious.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I’m into scales right now.”

I’m into scales right now.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Damn the rules, it’s the feeling that counts.”

Damn the rules, it’s the feeling that counts.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.”

When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I believe that men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be – at least, this is what I want to do.”

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

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I think the majority of musicians are interested in truth.”

I think the majority of musicians are interested in truth.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “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.”

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


John Coltrane Quote: “I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.”

I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Working with Monk is like falling down a dark elevator shaft.”

Working with Monk is like falling down a dark elevator shaft.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Any time you play your horn, it helps you. If you get down, you can help yourself even in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

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

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Sometimes I think I was making music through the wrong end of a magnifying glass.”

Sometimes I think I was making music through the wrong end of a magnifying glass.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “We should pray and seek for knowledge which would enable us to portray and project the things we love in music, in a way that might wholly or in some part, be appreciated as having been conceived and composed or performed and presented with dedication and in positive taste.”

We should pray and seek for knowledge which would enable us to portray and project the things we love in music, in a way that might wholly or in some part, be appreciated as having been conceived and composed or performed and presented with dedication and in positive taste.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Don’t ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person.”

Don’t ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “If you’re bourgeois, money is it. It’s all the questions and all the answers. Ain’t no E-flat or color blue, only $12.98 or $1,000. If it isn’t money, it isn’t nothing.”

If you’re bourgeois, money is it. It’s all the questions and all the answers. Ain’t no E-flat or color blue, only $12.98 or $1,000. If it isn’t money, it isn’t nothing.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I think I know what it is but don’t ask me to play it.”

I think I know what it is but don’t ask me to play it.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “The reason I play so many sounds, maybe it sounds angry, is because I’m trying so many things at one time, you see? I haven’t sorted them out. I have a whole bag of things that I’m trying to work through and get the one essential.”

The reason I play so many sounds, maybe it sounds angry, is because I’m trying so many things at one time, you see? I haven’t sorted them out. I have a whole bag of things that I’m trying to work through and get the one essential.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”

You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “All a musician can do is to get closer to the source.”

All a musician can do is to get closer to the source.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music as if for the first time, as if I had never heard it before. Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels, and that’s too bad.”

Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music as if for the first time, as if I had never heard it before. Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels, and that’s too bad.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “The first time I heard Bird play, it hit me right between the eyes.”

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

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Change is inevitable in music – things change.”

Change is inevitable in music – things change.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I’ve always felt that even though a man was not a Christian, he still has to know the truth some way or another. Or if he was a Christian, he could know the truth. The truth itself doesn’t have any name on it to me. And each man has to find this for himself, I think.”

I’ve always felt that even though a man was not a Christian, he still has to know the truth some way or another. Or if he was a Christian, he could know the truth. The truth itself doesn’t have any name on it to me. And each man has to find this for himself, I think.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “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.”

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


John Coltrane Quote: “I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.”

I think I was first awakened to musical exploration by Dizzy Gillespie and Bird. It was through their work that I began to learn about musical structures and the more theoretical aspects of music.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “I want to be the force which is truly for good.”

I want to be the force which is truly for good.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “Whatever I’d say would be an understatement. I can only say my life was made much better by knowing him. He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known, as a man, a friend, and a musician.”

Whatever I’d say would be an understatement. I can only say my life was made much better by knowing him. He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known, as a man, a friend, and a musician.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “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. So that we can see more and more clearly what we are. In that way, we can give to those who listen the essence, the best of what we are. But to do that at each stage, we have to keep on cleaning the mirror.”

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. So that we can see more and more clearly what we are. In that way, we can give to those who listen the essence, the best of what we are. But to do that at each stage, we have to keep on cleaning the mirror.

— John Coltrane


John Coltrane Quote: “After all the investigation, all of the technique-doesn’t matter! Only if the feeling is right.”

After all the investigation, all of the technique-doesn’t matter! Only if the feeling is right.

— John Coltrane

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