My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being...When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls.

— John Coltrane

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One positive thought produces millions of positive vibrations.

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During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music. I feel this has been granted through His grace. ALL PRAISE TO GOD.

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Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once.

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

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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.

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Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . Thats what I would like to do. I think thats one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musicians is through his music.

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My goal is to live the truly religious life, and express it in my music.

If you live it, when you play there's no problem because the music is part of the whole thing. To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am - my faith, my knowledge, my being.

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I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I'm doing .

. . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there's some feeling of communication, it isn't necessary that it be understood.

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...That is one of the main causes of this arrogance: the idea of power. Then you lose your true power which is to be part of all, and the only way you can be part of all is to understand it. And when you don't understand, you have to go humbly to it. You don't go to school and say, 'I know what you're going to teach me'.

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

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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.

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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.

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About John Coltrane

Quotes 49 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

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

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All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.

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There are so many things to be considered in making music.

The whole question of life itself... I know that I want to produce beautiful music, music that does things to people that they need.

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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.

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Change is inevitable in music - things change.

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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.

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Any time you play your horn, it helps you.

If you get down, you can help yourself even in a rock 'n' roll band.

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

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Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music for the first time, as if I had never heard it before.

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

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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

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The real risk is not changing. I have to feel that I'm after something. If I make money, fine. But I'd rather be striving. It's the striving, man, it's that I want.

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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.

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

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I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know there are bad forces. You know, I know that there are forces out here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.

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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.

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When you are playing with someone who really has something to say, even though they may be otherwise quite different in style, there’s one thing that remains constant. And that is the tension of the experience, that electricity, that kind of feeling that is a lift sort of feeling. No matter where it happens, you know when that feeling comes upon you, and it makes you feel happy.

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I'm into scales right now.

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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.

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God breathes through us so completely...So gently we hardly feel it...yet it is our everything.

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

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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.

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All of the technique doesn't matter... only if the feeling is right.

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

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

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I think the majority of musicians are interested in truth.

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You can play a shoestring if you're sincere.

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Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order.

I felt I learned from him in every way--through the senses, theoretically, technically. I would talk to Monk about musical problems, and he would sit at the piano and show me the answers just by playing them. I could watch him play and find out the things I wanted to know. Also, I could see a lot of things that I didn't know about at all.

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

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

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... and it's always been a thing with me to feel that all men know the truth, see? ... The truth itself doesn't have a name on it. To me. Each man has to find this for himself, I think. I believe that men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be... I'm not interested in trying to say what it will be, I don't know. But I believe that good will only bring good.

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Keep a thing happenin' all throughout.

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

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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.

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I would like to bring to people something like happiness.

I would like to discover a method so that if I want it to rain, it will start right away to rain. If one of my friends is ill, I'd like to play a certain song and he will be cured; when he'd be broke, I'd bring out a different song and immediately he'd receive all the money he needed.

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

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