Herbie Hancock quotes

  • I've been curious ever since I was a little kid.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Kids #Littles #Curious

  • The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment. At our best, we're non-judgmental.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Inspirational #Buddhism #Creating

  • I like to be on the edge, on the cutting edge, or be into the unknown, into the territory where I have to depend on being in the moment and depending on my instincts.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Cutting #Territory #Moments

  • The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Spirit #Jazz

  • I don't go around, the way many musicians do, with earbuds in my ear listening to my iPod all day and just sticking my head in the music all the time.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Ipods #Listening #Musician

  • Music is the tool to express life - and all that makes a difference.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Differences #Making A Difference #Tools

  • Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. That’s something that’s built into the fiber of every human being. And I think that’s why people can respond to it. They feel the freedom in it. And the attributes of jazz are also admirable. It’s about dialogue. It’s about sharing. And teamwork. It’s in the moment, and it's nonjudgmental.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Teamwork #Struggle #Thinking

  • You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Self Esteem #Tables #Esteem

  • Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision,
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Vision #Trying #Pathways

  • Don't be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That's where the joy and the adventure lie.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Fear #Lying #Adventure

  • Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Art #Language

  • Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept. He and Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, that's where it really came from. Almost all of the harmony that I play can be traced to one of those four people and whoever their influences were.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Play #People #Bills

  • It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Way #Jazz #Magnet

  • The most valuable things in life are priceless. They are courage, compassion, wisdom, respect for ourselves and others, and a host of characteristics that we call the beauty of the human spirit.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Compassion #Carpe Diem #Spirit

  • We are eternally linked not just to each other but our environment.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Diversity #Environment #Our Environment

  • You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Knowledge #Practice

  • Jazz is about being in the moment.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Jazz #Moments

  • Life is not about finding our limitations, it's about finding our infinity.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Infinity #Life Is

  • You don't need the fame to be vital.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Meaning Of Life #Needs #Fame

  • It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Spirit #Jazz

  • Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Jazz #Genres Of Music

  • I hope that I can make good music out of whatever genre I go into. Just to prove to myself that I can.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Genre #Prove

  • Buddhism has turned me on to my humanness, and is challenging my humanness so that I can become more human.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Buddhism #Challenges #Humans

  • But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Husband #Father #Dazzle

  • The music becomes something that is its own entity.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Jazz #Entity

  • I think there's a great beauty to having problems. That's one of the ways we learn.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Thinking #Way #Problem

  • We can all be ourselves, be true to ourselves, and all be together.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Together #Being True #Interconnection

  • One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing things differently from what other people were doing.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #People #Jazz

  • A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students' creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Teacher #Creativity #Goal

  • The arts have always served relationships between people of different cultures so well. In a way, the arts function as a very serious kind of ambassador.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Art #Creativity #People

  • Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Inspirational #Music #Creativity

  • One thing that sticks in my mind is that jazz means freedom and openness. It's a music that, although it developed out of the African American experience, speaks more about the human experience than the experience of a particular people.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Mean #People #African American

  • Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Different #Moments #Music Is

  • I try to practice with my life.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Practice #Trying

  • Nobody told me I was a child prodigy.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Children #Prodigies

  • In the world of Art there are no wrong choices.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Art #Choices

  • It is people's hearts that move the age.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Moving #Heart

  • The true artform is being a human being.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Humans

  • I don't mind being classified as a jazz artist, but I do mind being restricted to being a jazz artist. My foundation has been in jazz, though I didn't really start out that way. I started in classical music, but my formative years were in jazz, and it makes a great foundation.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Artist #Years #Mind

  • We need to put into practice the idea of embracing other cultures. We need to be shaping the kind of world we want to live in instead of waiting for someone else or some other entities to do it for us.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Ideas #Other Cultures #Practice

  • I don't think there are any pure Africans of the African Americans, but the African part of our history was pretty much taken away from us during slavery, so the 60s gave us a chance, because of the civil rights movement, to kind of re-examine and make some sort of formal connection to our African-ness.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Taken #Thinking #Rights

  • So much of what I create has been due to the influence of Miles Davis and Donald Byrd, and so many of those that have passed on. Their music, their legacy lives on with the rest of us because we are so highly influenced by their experience and what they have given us.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Legacy #Influence #Miles

  • One thing that attracted me to Buddhism was the support for this larger vision of values.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Buddhism #Support #Vision

  • One of the greatest experiences I ever had was listening to a conversation with Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. Just to hear them talking, my mouth was open. They understand each other perfectly, and they make these leaps and jumps because they don't have to explain anything.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Talking #Listening #Mouths

  • My first Grammy wasn't even in a jazz category, but of course I was really excited. 'Rockit' was the beginning of kind of a new era for the whole hip-hop movement.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Hip Hop #Eras #Firsts

  • Jazz translates the moment into a sense of inspiration for not only the musicians but for the listeners.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Inspiration #Jazz

  • You can expand, repeat, even change keys and do other things electronically to give certain elements and phrases more cohesiveness.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Change #Keys #Giving

  • So I didn't actually change my name the way some people did.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Change #Names #People

  • It might be something as simple as saying the right word to the right person at the right time-and that could change the course of history. You never really know. But the whole thing is to work at the process of being in sync with the universe, so that everything will align at the proper time so that you can deliver that which is your life mission. And that's why we're here as individuals. And then there's our contribution to the collective. It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Simple #Musician #Might

  • Inspiration is constantly in the air. It's up to us to develop the sensitivity to pick up on it.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Inspiration #Air #Mathematical

  • I never dreamed I would be a Goodwill Ambassador, and for UNESCO. Perfect organization. It is apolitical and it's about education, science and culture. I mean that is what I live. That is what UNESCO is really about; it's all about bringing human beings together with one common goal, which is to move human kind forward.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Moving #Mean #Organization

  • I look for what's of value and extract that. I don't look to criticize.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Criticism #Looks #Criticize

  • Wisdom is the key to understanding the age, creating the time.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Wisdom #Keys #Creating

  • Music isn't about music, it's about life.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music Is

  • Jazz to me is the spirit of freedom. I mean real freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to express. Freedom to pour out your guts.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Real #Mean

  • There's so much spontaneity involved, what do you practice? How do you practice teamwork? How do you practice sharing? How do you practice daring? How do you practice being nonjudgmental?
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Music #Teamwork #Practice

  • A jazz musician is not a jazz musician when he or she is eating dinner or when he or she is with his parents or spouse or neighbors. He's above all a human being . . . the true artform is being a human being.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Parent #Musician #Dinner

  • Jazz has been the voice of freedom for so many countries over the past half century,
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Country #Past #Voice

  • When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger. Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony ... and at the same time of hope and freedom.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Expression #Blood #Bullets

  • Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Future #Purpose #Valuable

  • I'm aware that a lot of what is happening in jazz has not had a very dynamic change in a long time.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Change #Long #Jazz

  • My father was really good with math. It's a funny thing, I don't remember my father or my mother being so mechanical-minded. My father always wanted to be a doctor, but he came from a really poor family in Georgia, and there was no way he was going to be a doctor.
    -- Herbie Hancock

    #Mother #Father #Math