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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Carlos Santana on music, writing, peace, heart, powerful, people, love, smile, beautiful, dance, life and grateful.

49 Famous Quotes By Carlos Santana For A Rhythmic Life

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20 July 1947 AD

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Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, México

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70

Carlos Santana is a Mexican-born American musician, songwriter and band leader, widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin and rock fusion music. He was the front man of the band Santana and turned it into one of the most popular groups through a kind of music that was truly revolutionary in the annals of music history. Santana is widely regarded as one of the most gifted guitar players of all time and his skills with the instrument is considered to be one of the biggest reasons why he has reached cult status in the history of music. As a matter of fact, he has been ranked among the greatest guitarists of all time by ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’ and throughout a career that has spanned several decades, he has raked in a total of ten ‘Grammy Awards’. Some of his most famous albums include ‘The Swing of Delight’, ‘Santana Brothers’, ‘Oneness-Silver Dreams Golden Reality’, ‘Illuminations’ and ‘Love Devotion Surrender’. As is to be expected from such a gifted songwriter, Santana has also expressed his thoughts on varied subjects which have been quotable quotes over the years. Take a look at the famous quotes and thoughts by Carlos Santana that will make your day.

KISS is Las Vegas entertainment. A musician doesn't need the mask.

- Carlos Santana

The more choices we give patients affected by depression, the better we will serve them.

- Carlos Santana

Blues was my first love. It was the first thing where I said, 'Oh man, this is the stuff.' It just sounded so raw and honest, gut-bucket honest. From then I started rebelling.

- Carlos Santana

I know I'm not the kind of person who's gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock 'n' roll artists. They just play their hits and that's it. That doesn't appeal to me.

- Carlos Santana

The best part of touring, still, is touching people's hearts and igniting my band and igniting the people into what you call a spiritual revelation is sound and emotion.

- Carlos Santana

First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that.

- Carlos Santana

No one's better than me. I'm not better than anyone. Whether it's Eric Clapton or BB King we look straight at each other. And that keeps it real.

- Carlos Santana

I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels.

- Carlos Santana

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about.

- Carlos Santana

I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.

- Carlos Santana

When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden.

- Carlos Santana

Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond, and that 's why I let my band go right now. For the first time in my life I'm just roaming around, vagabonding.

- Carlos Santana

I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses.

- Carlos Santana

There is no person that love cannot heal; there is no soul that love cannot save.

- Carlos Santana

Stay in your heart.

- Carlos Santana

Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions.

- Carlos Santana

I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.

- Carlos Santana

The music of Hendrix wakes people up to their possibilities. It's more than just dreaming about being a guitar hero.

- Carlos Santana

Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted to melodies. Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there's always a melody in there.

- Carlos Santana

A lot of people said to me, 'Enough with the guest vocalists for a while. We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!'

- Carlos Santana

I'm ready to do something with Lady Gaga or Andrea Bocelli. I'm really grateful that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

- Carlos Santana

The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold.

- Carlos Santana

Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you.

- Carlos Santana

My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.

- Carlos Santana

I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.

- Carlos Santana

Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling.

- Carlos Santana

Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life.

- Carlos Santana

Your mind is a magnet. You don't attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am!

- Carlos Santana

Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.

- Carlos Santana

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.

- Carlos Santana

There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.

- Carlos Santana

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

- Carlos Santana

What is an ego except something that thinks it’s separate from God?

- The Universal Tone: My Life, Carlos Santana

It takes strength, man, to know when to let go of your kids, really, really let them go and trust them with the one who made them in the first place.

- Carlos Santana

When you go through hell—your own darkest night of the soul—don’t take pictures to show to your friends.

- The Universal Tone: My Life, Carlos Santana

People get stuck in their stories. My advice is to end your story and begin your life.

- The Universal Tone: My Life, Carlos Santana

Everything is a battlefield. If you fight with anger, you are part of the problem. If you fight with joy, you're part of the solution.

- Carlos Santana

Live up to your convictions. You walk in grace or you walk in fear. You can't have it both ways.

- Carlos Santana

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.

- Carlos Santana

Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner.

- Carlos Santana

Happiness is not a destination or an experience. It's a decision.

- Carlos Santana

One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart

- Carlos Santana

You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints.

- Carlos Santana

When you fly to New York, sometimes they put you on hold and you just go round and around in a holding pattern. Sometimes in a concert, I feel other spirits in a holding pattern that they want to land through my heart and through my fingers.

- Carlos Santana

I have come to the conclusion - and I don't know why it took me so long, but nevertheless, I'm here now - that a lot of people tell me they don't get enough guitar on my albums. So I decided to do an album where the guitar would be the singer, playing the melody.

- Carlos Santana

I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.

- Carlos Santana

There's a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.

- Carlos Santana

My dad's a beautiful man, but like a lot of Mexican men, or men in general, a lot of men have a problem with the balance of masculinity and femininity - intuition and compassion and tenderness - and get overboard with the macho thing. It took him a while to become more, I would say, conscious, evolved.

- Carlos Santana

I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa.

- Carlos Santana