The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.— Jane Jacobs
Sublime Improvise quotations
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.
The secret of tango is in this moment of improvisation that happens between step and step. It is to make the impossible thing possible: to dance silence.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
My game is based on improvisation. Often a forward does not have the time to think too much. You have a second, rarely more, to decide whether to dribble, shoot or pass to the right or left. It is instinct that gives the orders.
I was improvising before I was reading music.
I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.
My school life was very much a wandering experience.
I was having trouble in school and I was not making a lot of friends. So coming home and actually improvising on the piano and just coming up with melodies was an escape for me.
Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.
Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.
A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music.
He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
Ricardo Montalban is to improvisational acting what Mount Rushmore is to animation.
Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going.
It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation - but most of all, of reciprocity - of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball.
As an improviser I'm now pretty comfortable with trios, so I'm thinking of working up to quartets.
I allow a lot of room for improvisation and funny stuff. I always feel planned.
I wouldn't want the pressure of a Six Feet Under or the pressure of improvising like Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Improvisation is the art of being completely O.K. with not knowing what the f— you’re doing
To create characters, one must build background. And one of the tools we use is improvisation.
Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.
The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that.
It's our great contribution to the arts.
The minute you make a mistake - that's improvisation!
Improvisation is terribly haphazard.
Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
Composing is a slowed-down improvisation;
often one cannot write fast enough to keep up with the stream of ideas.
Improvisation is not the expression of accident but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of our very soul.
Composing is improvisation slowed down.
If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn, and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach.
Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.
To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.
The real power of Jazz is that a group of people can come together and create improvised art and negotiate their agendas... and that negotiation is the art
No, improvising is wonderful. But, the thing is that you cannot improvise unless you know exactly what you're doing.
There's always some room for improvisation.
But no one, when you stop to think, has ever equated abstract expressionism as a movement with jazz music. It's based on improvisation. The rhythms, the personal involvement, all of this is part of the jazz experience.
Competence means keeping your head in a crisis, sticking with a task even when it seems hopeless, and improvising good solutions to tough problems when every second counts. It encompasses ingenuity, determination and being prepared for anything.
Preparation is the be-all of good trial work.
Everything else - felicity of expression, improvisational brilliance - is a satellite around the sun. Thorough preparation is that sun.
I don't even think you should tell the audience you're improvising.
It's like an apology in case it's bad : 'we're just making it up' If the improv isn't better than the rehearsed stuff, then you should just rehearse it.