What we play is life.

— Louis Armstrong

The most wonderful Louis Armstrong quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.


Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it.

And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret...


Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.


Each man has his own music bubbling up inside him.


If I don’t practice for a day, I know it.

If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.


And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Oh, yeah.


A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.


All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.


It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics dope and all of that stuff. It is a thousand times better than whiskey. It is an assistant and a friend.


To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!


Making money ain't nothing exciting to me.

You might be able to buy a little better booze than the wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat and when you die you're just as graveyard dead as he is.


There is no such thing as 'on the way out' as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you're in the business because you're breathing.


About Louis Armstrong

Quotes 75 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

Give me a kiss to build a dream on And my imagination will thrive upon that kiss Sweetheart, I ask no more than this A kiss to build a dream on.


I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world


We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.


You've got to be good or as bad as the devil.


Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans.

When that's where you left your heart. The moonlight on the bayou a creole tune that fills the air. I dream about magnolias in bloom and I'm wishin' I was there.


I don't let my mouth say nothin' my head can't stand.


Love is talkative passion.


The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.

Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.


The best I can do is stay happy.


Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know.


When you're dead, you're done.


[Bebop is] Chinese music.


There is two kinds of music the good and bad. I play the good kind.


There's only two ways to sum up music;

either it's good or it's bad. If it's good you don't mess about it, you just enjoy it.


I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!


As a youngster in the little orphanage home in New Orleans, I was the bugler of the institution. When I got to be around 13 or 14 years old, they took me off the bugle and put me in the little brass band.


You can't take it for granted. Even if we have two, three days off I still have to blow that horn a few hours to keep up the chops. I mean I've been playing 50 years, and that's what I've been doing in order to keep in that groove there.


I'm a spade, you're an ofay. Let's play.


It's America's classical music ... this becomes our tradition ... the bottom line of any country in the world is what did we contribute to the world? ... we contributed Louis Armstrong


If you still have to ask, shame on you


If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll.


Red beans and ricely yours.


When I go to the Gate, I'll play a duet with Gabriel.

Yeah, we'll play 'Sleepy Time Down South' and 'Hello, Dolly!.' Then he can blow a couple that he's been playing up there all the time.


Even If I have two three days off, you still have to blow that horn.

You have to keep up those chops... I have to warm up everyday for at least an hour.


At first it was just a misdemeanor, but then you lost the "mis-de" and you just got meaner and meaner.


I don't get involved in politics. I just blow my horn.


Jazz is what I play for a living.


A lot of the musicians asked me if when I hit my high-Cs on the records I had a clarinet take the notes. Some [thought] I had invented some kind of gadget so I could play high register. They weren't satisfied until they handed me a trumpet that they had with them and had me swing it. Then they cheered.


The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell!


There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them.


As many bands as you heard [in New Orleans], that's how many bands you heard playing right. I thought I was in Heaven playing second trumpet in the Tuxedo Brass Band -- and they had some funeral marches that would just touch your heart, they were so beautiful.


Not too slow, not too fast. Kind of like half-fast.


Don't do nothing halfway, else you find yourself dropping more than can be picked up.


I've Got the World on a String.


Jazz is played from the heart. You can even live by it. Always love it.


There are Two Secrets to Success: 1. Don't tell ANYONE Everything you know 2.If you have to ask what Jazz is, you'll never know.


When you're with another tea smoker it makes you feel a special kinship.