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Miles Davis Quotes

Here’s an awesome collection of the legendary icon of Jazz Music of 20th century. Miles Davis Quotes.

  • Full name: Miles Dewey Davis III
  • Born: 26 May 1926, Alton, Illinois, United States
  • Died: 28 September 1991, Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Profession: American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer
  • Net worth: $19 million dollars

Music is an addiction.

Miles Davis

If you understood everything I say, you’d be me!

Miles Davis

For me, music and life are all about style.

Miles Davis

In school I was the best, but the prizes went to boys with blue eyes. I made up my mind to outdo anybody white on my horn.

Miles Davis

Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery.

Miles Davis

If it sounds clean and slick, I’ve been doing it too long.

Miles Davis

You want to know how I started playing trumpet? My father bought me one, and I studied the trumpet. And everybody I heard that I liked, I picked up things from.

Miles Davis

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.

Miles Davis

Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.

Miles Davis

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

Miles Davis

I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.

Miles Davis

A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m still doing it.

Miles Davis

Don’t worry about playing a lot of notes. Just find one pretty one.

Miles Davis

When you’re creating your own s***. Man, even the sky ain’t the limit.

Miles Davis

In improvisation, there are no mistakes.

Miles Davis

Audiences – they like colour, you know. I can go out there wearing a red suit, man, and they’ll say I’m out of sight… I think they should be educated; you should always drop something on an audience… when you get in front of an audience, you should try to give ’em something. After all, they’re there looking at you like this. You can’t go out and give ’em nothing.

Miles Davis

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

Miles Davis

Bebop was about change, about evolution. It wasn’t about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.

Miles Davis

It’s always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there and I don’t question it.

Miles Davis

If you’re not nervous, then you’re not paying attention.

Miles Davis

If you’re not making a mistake, it’s a mistake.

Miles Davis

In music, silence is more important than sound.

Miles Davis

Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherf****r who plays it is 80 percent.

Miles Davis

How far would I travel to be where you are? How far is the journey from here to a star?

Miles Davis

I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.

Miles Davis

Jazz is like blues with a shot of heroin.

Miles Davis

I never thought jazz was meant to be a museum piece like other dead things once considered artistic.

Miles Davis

Play what you know, and then play above that.

Miles Davis

I always hated categories. Always. Never thought it had any place in music.

Miles Davis

Good music is good, no matter what kind of music it is.

Miles Davis