The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.— B. B. King
The most powerful B. B. King quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
You only live but once, and when your died your done, so let the good times roll.
A day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.
I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family.
You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
We are here because there are things that need our help.
Like the planet. Like each other. Like animals. The world is like a garden, and we are its protectors.
Playing the guitar is like telling the truth - you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie] if you told the truth. You don't have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don't have to think about it or worry about it because there it is. It's you.
Nobody loves me but my mother, And she could be jivin' too.
I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios.
Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra's. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.
No one can take it away from you.
I can't think of anyone I've mistreated.
I've always thought that I am my brother's keeper. And I believe there's a 'great spirit' that takes care of all of us.
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!
When you heard Jimi Hendrix, you knew it was Jimi Hendrix.
He introduced himself with his instrument. His attack to a guitar man, was, oh, something else! You think of one of the great American ball players, or one of the great fighters of the world, you know, that's the way he would attack any note on his guitar.
We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so.
I thought Eric Clapton was good. He still is. Not only is he good - he's rock's #1 guitarist, and he plays blues better than most of us
It's going to be years and years before most people realize how greatly he contributed to American music.
Jazz is the big brother of the blues.
If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it will happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You'll have to figure that out for yourself!
There was a lot of other young players around at that time when I was coming, but there was older people like Blind Lemon, which was one of my favorites. I don't know, just seemed like everybody I heard could play better than me.
I'm self-taught. But I finally learned that they was having little shows or night dances or whatever you call them at little juke joints not far from where I lived, and I used to go there. They wouldn't let me play inside, but I could sit outside on the weekends, when it wasn't raining or something.
Janis Joplin sings the blues as hard as any black person.
Playing guitar is like telling the truth.
Singing about your sadness unburdens your soul.
But the blues hollers shouted about more than being sad. They were also delivering messages in musical code. If the master was coming, you might sing a hidden warning to the other field hands . . . The blues could warn you what was coming. I could see the blues was about survival.
If you can't get your songs to people one way, you have to find another.
The way I feel today, as long as my health is good and I can handle myself well and people still come to my concerts, still buy my CDs, I'll keep playing until I feel like I can't.
I was glad to see other blues guitarists like Albert King have crossover successes like me. We played in the same places like the Whisky and the Filmore. When Albert made his guitar cry, he could cut you so deep!
I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.
I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church.
I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother's aunt, who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and a few others.
The Blues? It's the mother of American music. That's what is is - the source.
I don’t like to feel that I owe anything. I like to feel that I pay my own way, no free lunch.
I've always liked ladies all my life.
I guess it started with my mom. So every time I saw a pretty lady, I thought, she's pretty.
Many people leave the country to see beautiful places.
I just look out the window and see some of the most gorgeous scenery ever, right here in the USA.
Education is the one thing that no one can take from you.
The blues are three L's - living , loving and hopefully, laughing.
Hard times don't necessarily mean being poor all the time.
I've known people that was a part of a family and always feel that the family likes everybody else but them. That hurts and that's as deep a hurt as you can possibly get.
If it wasn't for the British musicians, a lot of us black musicians in America would still be catchin' the hell that we caught long before. So thanks to them, thanks to all you guys. You opened doors that I don't think would have been opened in my lifetime. When white America started paying attention to the blues - it started opening a lot of doors that had been closed to us.
It just seemed to me that the way I played was nice. I could hear it myself.
Music is good for everybody. They say it soothes the savage beast. Well, I think theirs a beast in all of us. So let's get some more music and soothe all the beasts out there.
I don't like anybody to be angry with me. I'd rather have friends.
I don't do much recording anymore, but before I really stopped, I was glad to get five, five cent a record. That's why when I see people today and they complain about what they get, and I picked cotton for $2.50 a day.
When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.
When I was young, I didn't play like I do today.
So these kids are starting at the height that I've reached. Think what they might do over time.
It seems like I always had to work harder than other people.
Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales. I just wonder where I was when the talent was being given out, like George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton ... oh, there's many more! I wouldn't want to be like them, you understand, but I'd like to be equal, if you will.
A lot of times I say to myself, "I wished I could be worthy of all the compliments that people give me sometimes." I'm not inventing anything that's going to stop cancer or muscular dystrophy or anything, but I like to feel that my time and talent is always there for the people that need it. When someone do say something negative, most times I think about it, but it don't bother me that much.
Ladies, friends, and music - without those three, I wouldn't wanna be here
Elvis, he was unique. And he loved the blues, it was a pity he didn't do more.
There's a sadness to all kinds of music if you want to hear it.
There's also happiness to it if you want to hear it.
Michael Bloomfield came in after rock n roll started, and he was a great guitarist. He idolized me - I know that. What else can I say ? he was a young, excitable man. To him, drugs were plentiful, and that was no good. I talked to him like he was a son of mine. He was a great and he was gonna be greater. But he was part of the "in-crowd" and so he never got there
The early years when I was starting, blues player, you wasn't always welcome in a lot of the other places. People usually have preconceived ideas about blues music. They always feel that it's depressing and that it's just something that a guy sit out on a stool, grab a guitar, and just start singing or mumbling or whatever.