NOTABLE & QUOTABLE

A bunch of quotes by famous people and -ahem- myself, I have collected over the years. I will continue to add new ones as I encounter them. This should be read from the bottom up (oldest to the latest)

  • “People love to mock tinfoil hats and conspiracy nut jobs, but as they unfold, events have a way of confirming every paranoid delusional notion I have ever had.” – Menno de Boer
  • “The inflation of adjectives has led to an unfortunate devaluation of superlatives.” – Menno de Boer (about promo copy for yet another digital audio device)
  • “Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins.” – John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie
  • “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?”   “I don’t know and I don’t care.” – Morton Linder MD
  • “Jazz should be a living, breathing entity, not the codified chamber music it has generally become.” – Kevin Anker, pianist/keyboardist
  • “So to find out what I want to know, I should first consider the answer I do not need in order to learn that what I did not know bears no relevance to the question that wasn’t asked?” – Menno de Boer (in response to some unsollicited advice on an internet forum)
  • “The uncertainty principle does not apply to theory. If it did, it would defeat itself.” – Menno de Boer
  • “Better one cookie on my drive, than ten in the cloud” – Menno de Boer
  • “It is never too soon for premature conclusions.” – Menno de Boer
  • “I feel more like I do now than I did when I got here.” – unknown
  • “The world is changing. Change along with it or be a sourpuss.” – Menno de Boer
  • “Car culture music is by definition background music where the listener’s attention is (hopefully) focused on something else.” – Bob Ohlsson, Motown recording engineer
  • “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.” – unknown
  • “Never argue with a woman. People may think you’re drunk.” – Kamba proverb
  • “The world will not end in 2012… American Express has already issued card past 2013… I trust them more than the Mayas…” – Roger Brainard
  • “And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.” – Spike Milligan
  • “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.” – Mark Twain
  • “….and a little bit of chicken fried, a cold beer on a friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio ooohoohoon….” – Zac Brown
  • “If I have to flip flop more than three times in an A/B test to figure out what the difference is, I lose interest in that difference.” – Tchad Blake (sound engineer)
  • “In times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
  • “Too much of a good thing is a whole lot of good thing!” – Menno de Boer
  • “It’s true that hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take a chance?” – Ronald Reagan
  • “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” – Duke Ellington
  • “Don’t believe the hype!” – Public Enemy (from the album ‘It takes a nation of millions to hold us back’)
  • “If you wanna play blind, go walk with the shepherd, but me, my eyes are wide f—ing open.” – Jules Winfield (Samuel Jackson) in Pulp Fiction
  • “ma-ma-se-ma-ma-sa-ma-ma-coo-sa” – Michael Jackson
  • “He who gives up liberty for security will receive neither.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uninformed opinion.” – Veteran reporter John Lawton speaking to the American Association of Broadcast Journalists, 1995
  • “I have seen a heap of trouble in my time, and most of it never came to pass.” – Mark Twain
  • “Science may be described as the art of oversimplification.” – Karl Popper (philosopher)
  • “If Freedom was a movie, Jazz would be the soundtrack” – Menno de Boer
  • “It’s better to have loved and lost, than not to get laid at all.” – Menno de Boer
  • “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do” – unknown
  • “Music is life’s only true magic” – Bruce Swedien
  • “If it doesn’t swing, why bother?” – Herbie Hancock
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