Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

 I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.

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 The wise musicians are those who play what they can master. 

Image result for duke ellington bandDuke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & Diahann Carroll, Paris, France, 1960
 Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.

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 Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.

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 Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.

My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.

Image may contain: 3 people, hat, night and indoorDuke, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – Dec 24, 1914)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

The mountains are calling and I must go.

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