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Top 70 Quincy Jones Quotes (2023 Update)

Quincy Jones Quote: “Not one ounce of my self worth depends on your acceptance of me.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Every day, my daddy told me the same thing. ‘Once a task is just begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labour great or small, do it well or not at all.’”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I learned real early why God gave us two ears and one mouth, because you’re supposed to listen twice as much as you talk.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “The process is the most beautiful part.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Excellence isn’t an act, it’s a habit.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Let’s not get too full of ourselves. Let’s leave space for God to come into the room.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “You Make Your Mistakes To Learn How To Get To The Good Stuff.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I was reading Omar Khayyam, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, L. Ron Hubbard, all sorts of philosophy. Bebop cats are like that. Curious. I wanted to know about everything.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because its not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.””
Quincy Jones Quote: “The act of multitrack recording is the act of arranging.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Arts is just as important as military defense, you know? Emotional defense is just as important.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “You can study orchestration, you can study harmony and theory and everything else, but melodies come straight from God.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “When you’re over the hill, that’s when you pick up speed.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Young people should travel, and they don’t. You can’t know if you don’t go.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That’s the soul of a country.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “A person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Hell, nobody knows where jazz is going to go. There may be a kid right now in Chitlin Switch, Georgia, who is going to come along and upset everybody.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “A lot of the guys were like that – Oscar Pettiford – they just took me under their wing, and that’s why I automatically help young people. I just love it, because they did that for me.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Billy Strayhorn wrote Multicolored Blue. Billy to me is the boss of the arrangers.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I’m a great believer in letting lyrics just flow out, wherever they come from.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “The climate in the ’50s and ’60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “A song should have all the color and beauty of every rose.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “My son is a hip-hop producer.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “You cannot get an A if you’re afraid of getting an F.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “A bad song, the three best singers in the world cannot save it, and that’s the bottom line.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I was raised in Chicago and I guess that was one of the special breeding grounds for gangsters of all colors. That was the Detroit of the gangster world. The car industry was thugs.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “My grandmother had this high-tech security system – a rusty nail she used to lock the door.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I got a scholarship to Seattle University and I was writing arrangements for singers and everybody. But the music course was too dry and I really wanted to get away from home.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “It’s the attitude about life, man. Looking at the light instead of the dark. Looking at love instead of fear.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I was the most subtle person in the world.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I don’t deserve a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. But fifteen years ago, I had a brain operation and I didn’t deserve that, either. So I’ll keep it.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block – it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America – every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “You have to know that your real home is within.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Making a record is like painting a school bus with a toothbrush.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “The only music I don’t like is bad music.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “A great song can make a terrible singer sound good, but a good singer – you put a great song on top of that, you’re really in great shape!”
Quincy Jones Quote: “We stole a box of honey jars one time and went out in the woods and took care of the whole box. I don’t think I touched honey again for 20 years. I never wanted to see honey again.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Some summers my father would take us down to visit our grandmother in Louisville, who was an ex-slave, Susan Jones, and she had a shotgun shack they call it, and no electricity, a well in the back, a coal stove, kerosene lamps.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Count Basie practically adopted me at 13. We became closer and closer and I ended up conducting for him and Sinatra.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “I was married for 36 years but now I’m free.”
Quincy Jones Quote: “Eight kids and a stepmother, and I just wanted to be out of there and so when I got a scholarship from Boston to the Schillinger House, which is now the Berklee School of Music, I couldn’t wait to get out of there.”
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