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91 Great Quotes By Quincy Jones That Will Make You Tap Your Feet

Famous As: Musician and Second Most Oscar-Nominated African American
Born On: March 14, 1933
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Age: 90 Years
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr is a renowned American record producer, composer, arranger, conductor, musician, film producer, magazine founder and actor. Popularly known as, ‘Q’, Jones left studies midway and decided to go on a music tour with a band as a trumpeter and that is how his professional music career started. The multi-faceted artist holds a record of 79 ‘Grammy Award’ nominations. He has bagged 28 ‘Grammys’ that includes the ‘Grammy Legend Award’ in his career that spans six decades. He has significantly contributed in the pop music and film scores as well. He was named as the conductor and musical director of the ‘Academy Awards’ ceremony in 1971, becoming the first African-American to receive such honor. Jones\' music has been highly successful and topped all charts. He worked with Michael Jackson on his albums like ‘Thriller’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Off The Wall’. One of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, Jones has shared pearls of wisdom on subjects closed to his heart through his songs, music, work and life. Here is a compilation of quotes and thoughts by Quincy Jones that are sure to make your heart sing.
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Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.

Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.

Quincy Jones
Unfortunately, America doesn't have a minister of culture, and I don't understand why. It's really bad for young people.

Unfortunately, America doesn't have a minister of culture, and I don't understand why. It's really bad for young people.

Quincy Jones
Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.

Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.

Quincy Jones

I lost my mother when I was 7 and they put her in a mental hospital. My brother and I watched her being taken away in a strait jacket. That's something you never forget. And my stepmother was like in the movie 'Precious.' I couldn't handle it. So I said to myself, 'I don't have a mother. I don't need one. I'm going to let music be my mother.'

Quincy Jones
Seattle is like a global gumbo, a melting pot with all kinds of people - the rich, the poor, white people, some Chinese, Filipino, Jewish and black people - they're all here.

Seattle is like a global gumbo, a melting pot with all kinds of people - the rich, the poor, white people, some Chinese, Filipino, Jewish and black people - they're all here.

Quincy Jones
You have to know that your real home is within.

You have to know that your real home is within.

Quincy Jones
Young people should travel, and they don't. You can't know if you don't go.

Young people should travel, and they don't. You can't know if you don't go.

Quincy Jones
When you produce an album, you're dealing with it theatrically. It has to have a structure, and the inner response to that is that the ear loves it.

When you produce an album, you're dealing with it theatrically. It has to have a structure, and the inner response to that is that the ear loves it.

Quincy Jones
I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it's not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.

I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it's not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.

Quincy Jones
I travel like a maniac. I travel more than anyone I know. I love learning the languages.

I travel like a maniac. I travel more than anyone I know. I love learning the languages.

Quincy Jones
I never cared about money or fame, and I don't care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows.

I never cared about money or fame, and I don't care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows.

Quincy Jones
Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of 'the dozens.'

Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of 'the dozens.'

Quincy Jones
You cannot get an A if you're afraid of getting an F.

You cannot get an A if you're afraid of getting an F.

Quincy Jones
The only justification for looking down on anyone, is that you're going to stop and pick them up.

The only justification for looking down on anyone, is that you're going to stop and pick them up.

Quincy Jones
When I was 14, I would sit up in my room and write till my eyes would bleed.

When I was 14, I would sit up in my room and write till my eyes would bleed.

Quincy Jones
I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will look at Miles, Bird, Clifford Brown, Ella and Dizzy, among elders as our Mozarts, our Chopins, our Bachs and Beethovens.

I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will look at Miles, Bird, Clifford Brown, Ella and Dizzy, among elders as our Mozarts, our Chopins, our Bachs and Beethovens.

Quincy Jones
I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.

I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.

Quincy Jones
If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

Quincy Jones
I'm Pisces with Leo rising. The Pisces part is the dreamer. The Leo says, 'Let's execute.'

I'm Pisces with Leo rising. The Pisces part is the dreamer. The Leo says, 'Let's execute.'

Quincy Jones
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying “Ain’t that the truth

I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying “Ain’t that the truth

Quincy Jones

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.

Quincy Jones

I've never been bored in my life, man. I've never been bored or lonely. Are you kidding? No way! I'm an orchestrator, a musician, a producer. I love everything. I've studied languages from Farsi to Greek to French, Swedish, Russian... How can you get bored?

Quincy Jones
I hope that on my tombstone it says 'Born 1933, died 2043.' I hope that's my legacy.

I hope that on my tombstone it says 'Born 1933, died 2043.' I hope that's my legacy.

Quincy Jones
I live on the Internet.

I live on the Internet.

Quincy Jones
After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument.

After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument.

Quincy Jones
I met Ray Charles at 14, and he was 16. But he was like a hundred years older than me.

I met Ray Charles at 14, and he was 16. But he was like a hundred years older than me.

Quincy Jones
I think the attraction of 'American Idol' is about the basic human nature attitude that is, 'We can put you up there. But we can take you down.'

I think the attraction of 'American Idol' is about the basic human nature attitude that is, 'We can put you up there. But we can take you down.'

Quincy Jones
Melody is king, and don't you ever forget it. Lyrics appear to be out front, but they're not; they're just an accompanying factor. If they're good, you're really in good shape. Lyrics are written to be rewritten.

Melody is king, and don't you ever forget it. Lyrics appear to be out front, but they're not; they're just an accompanying factor. If they're good, you're really in good shape. Lyrics are written to be rewritten.

Quincy Jones
I was rapping in 1939. It's old. The roots are complex. And kids don't know.

I was rapping in 1939. It's old. The roots are complex. And kids don't know.

Quincy Jones
When you work with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and you tell them to jump without a net, you better know what you're talking about. Thank God I was ready for it.

When you work with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and you tell them to jump without a net, you better know what you're talking about. Thank God I was ready for it.

Quincy Jones