Donald Byrd quotes

  • I don't follow what everybody else does.
    -- Donald Byrd


  • I can take any series of numbers and turn it into music, from Bach to bebop, Herbie Hancock to hip-hop,
    -- Donald Byrd

    #Numbers #Hip Hop #Bebop

  • Here in Seattle, I'm the most productive I've ever been. I don't allow myself personal distractions. I'm extremely disciplined here.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #Distraction #Productive

  • I'm creative; I'm not re-creative.
    -- Donald Byrd


  • My concerns have been about myself and not about giving something back and putting something in, even though that's been in the back of my head.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #Giving #Concern

  • My work sometimes can be abstract and appear not to have a direct relationship to Afro-American concerns, but, in fact, it is based on that.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #Afros #Facts #Sometimes

  • I thought that I would like to be affiliated with some school or institution. As time went on, I also decided on the subject that I wanted to get involved with in addition to music: it was Black Studies.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #School #Black #Study

  • I was being ridiculed for going to school... But, you see, I had looked hard at the other musicians and the whole show-business scene... They were doing with jazz musicians what they usually reserved for rock n' roll cats: making them overnight successes, then overnight antiques.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #School #Cat #Rocks

  • It's an incredible dilemma to be an artist of color and to always be in denial about that, saying, 'I'm a choreographer first and then I'm black,' when in fact, that's not the case. I'm black first and then I'm also a choreographer.
    -- Donald Byrd

    #Artist #Color #Black

  • If after accepting the spiritual master and being initiated one does not follow the rules and regulations of devotional service, then he is again fallen.

  • Every living creature is the son of the supreme Lord, and He does not tolerate even ants being killed

  • History does not eliminate grievances. It lays them down like landmines.

  • Pain hardens, and great pain hardens greatly, whatever the comforters say, and suffering does not ennoble, though it may occasionally lend a certain rigid dignity of manner to the suffering frame.

  • If some hole does not possess striking individuality through some gift of nature, it must be given as much as possible artificially, and the artifice must be introduced in so subtle a manner as to make it seem natural.

  • When one door opens, so does another one.

  • I gravitate toward the larger worldview questions such as, Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing? What does it mean to know another person? To love someone? Of course, those questions are sort of in the background as I'm playing with language in the foreground, but those are the informing questions.

  • Uber is a $3.5 billion lesson in building for how the world *should* work instead of optimizing for how the world *does* work

  • The American people have no control over what the military does. We have no say in American foreign policy.

  • Yeah, I want to be liked, obviously. Everybody does.

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