The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.— Carlos Santana
The most exciting Carlos Santana quotes to discover and learn by heart
The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination.
If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.
There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.
Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling.
One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart
Happiness is not a destination or an experience. It's a decision.
Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past.
They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.
Everything is a battlefield. If you fight with anger, you are part of the problem. If you fight with joy, you're part of the solution.
My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music.
In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.
Peace has never come from dropping bombs.
Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner.
If you stay in your heart you will always be inspired and if you are inspired you will always be enthusiastic. There is nothing more contagious on this planet as enthusiasm.
You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints.
There is divinity in your DNA. Live your light.
When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden.
If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about.
First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African.
So Black people need to get the credit for that.
Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted to melodies.
Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there's always a melody in there.
I don’t eat meat because meat brings out negative qualities such as fear, anger, anxiety, aggressiveness, etc. Vegetables peacefully offer themselves to the earth when ripe, thus allowing a sublime and peaceful thought-conscio usness
Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits.
They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.
There is no greater reward than working from your heart and making a difference in the world.
I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct.
We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.
I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.
The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold.
I invite you, wholeheartedly, to read books that remind you of your highest self and emancipate you from mental slavery or false beliefs and illusions. The more you invest in attracting books that resonate with the frequency of your true self, the more light you will bring to the world.
You are not realistic unless you believe in miracles!
...you meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you've been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: 'Write this down'
There's a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.
My dad's a beautiful man, but like a lot of Mexican men, or men in general, a lot of men have a problem with the balance of masculinity and femininity - intuition and compassion and tenderness - and get overboard with the macho thing. It took him a while to become more, I would say, conscious, evolved.
Your mind is a magnet. You don't attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am!
Bring the brothers home, and sisters home now.
Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. You will see a transformation in America.
You've got to change your evil ways, baby, before I start loving you.
I'm laughing because I know the secret of life.
And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.
The music of Hendrix wakes people up to their possibilities.
It's more than just dreaming about being a guitar hero.
I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses.
When you play from the heart, all of a sudden there's no gravity.
You don't feel the weight of the world, of bills, of anything. That's why people love it. Your so-called insurmountable problems disappear, and instead of problems you get possibilities.
The worst thing you can become in life is cynical.
Cynical is like concrete. and nothing grows in concrete.
Whether you are doing it in the bar, the church, the strip joint, or the Himalayas, the first duty of music is to complement and enhance life.
Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions.
I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy I am here to give voice to the invisible.
There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war.
As Jimi Hendrix used to say, musical notes have more importance than bullets.
You're always cursing, you're always praying and you're always making love.
It ain't do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do.
He just seems as cool as ever. I can smell him. Even on the other side, there is smell. Like, when babies are born, there's two smells-one is chicken soup, which is the flesh, and the other is lilacs, which is coming from the spiritual garden. The spirit has a lilac smell.
I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa.
I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels.
No one's better than me. I'm not better than anyone. Whether it's Eric Clapton or BB King we look straight at each other. And that keeps it real.
When my father passed away two or three years ago, I didnt listen to music for four days - thats a long time for me.
Angels cry because they want to experience what you and I feel: the moment.
They live in eternity. They dont know what it is like to read a newspaper and get ink on your fingers. They dont know what it is like to take your shoes off and wiggle your toes under the dinner table.
A lot of people said to me, 'Enough with the guest vocalists for a while.
We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!'
There is no person that love cannot heal; there is no soul that love cannot save.