A Few Favorite Quotes

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HERE ARE A FEW STATE­MENTS that I fan­cied when I read them. I orig­i­nally placed them in the sidebar on the home­page of this site but in 2022, side­bars are no longer hip. In fact, most on­line ex­perts about things on­line sug­gest doing away with side­bars com­pletely! Me, I like side­bars but I com­pro­mised with the pros by dras­ti­cally re­ducing the length of mine. 

But not wanting to simply delete the quotes that I had col­lected, I moved them here. They’re in no order and they cer­tainly don’t make some kind of co­he­sive state­ment. So it goes . . .




In all jazz, and es­pe­cially the blues, there is some­thing tart and ironic, au­thor­i­ta­tive and double-edged. White Amer­i­cans seem to feel that happy songs are happy and sad songs are sad, and that, God help us, is ex­actly the way most white Amer­i­cans sing them—sounding, in both cases, so help­lessly, de­fense­lessly fatuous that one dare not spec­u­late on the tem­per­a­ture of the deep freeze from which issue their brave and sex­less little voices.”

– James Baldwin


I’ve said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.”

– B.B. King


“When Robert Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the head of Zeus in full armor.”

– Bob Dylan


Write a short story every week. It’s not pos­sible to write fifty-two bad short sto­ries in a row.”

– Ray Bradbury


“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.”

– Mark Twain


“I have lived with sev­eral Zen mas­ters, all of them cats.”

– Eck­hart Tolle