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    I mean, if you decided to go out today and get you an instrument and do whatever it is that you do, no one can tell you how you're going to do it but when you do it.
    — Ornette Coleman
    Most of my relationships have been like that - with record companies. I've never had a legitimate business relationship with a company. I've always had a personal relationship with someone in the company.
    — Ornette Coleman
    The human being receives the pleasure from music, not from the argument over what it is.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: human  pleasure  music 
     
    It seems the activity of expressing sound to do with music has just started blooming - and because of that, the beginners feel like they're professionals, and the professionals feel like they are beginners, which is very healthy.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: healthy  music 
     
    I'm interested in music, not in my image. If someone plays something fantastic, that I could never have thought of, it makes me happy to know it exists.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: thoughts  music 
     
    That's why I haven't been so anxious. But now, lots of people write and say, 'I want to find out what you're doing.' So I know that this book will enlighten them.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: people  book  write 
     
    Harmelody allows everybody to be an individual who does not have to imitate anybody else.
    — Ornette Coleman
    Even when you write it, someone's got to play it. So if you can play it and bypass all the rest of the things, you're still doing as great as someone that has spent forty years trying to find out how to do that. I'm really pro-human beings, pro-expression of everything.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: write  year 
     
    The only thing my mother would say to me about my music - I'd say, "Mom, listen to this," and she'd say, "Junior, I know who you are."
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: music  mother 
     
    I think that those elements - light and sound - are beyond democratic. They're into the creative part of life.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: creative 
     
    Making music is like a form of religion for me, because it soothes your heart and increases the pleasure of your brain. Most of all, it's very enjoyable to express something that you can only hear and not see, which is not bad.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: heart  pleasure  brain  bad  music 
     
    I wasn't so interested in being paid. I wanted to be heard. That's why I'm broke.
    — Ornette Coleman
    That's what I was trying to say when we were talking about sound. I think that every person, whether they play music or don't play music, has a sound - their own sound, that thing that you're talking about.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: people  music 
     
    You've got to realize. In the western world, regardless of what color you are, what title the music is, it's all played by the same notes.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: world  music 
     
    You don't have to worry about being a number one, number two, or number three. Numbers don't have anything to do with placement. Numbers only have something to do with repetition.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: worries 
     
    The idea is more important than the style you're playing in.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: ideas 
     
    We in the Western world suffer from too many categories and classes; we've forgotten that we all still have diapers on. We've separated music from life.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: world  music 
     
    Whatever you do, it's over when you do it - but first you have to do it.
    — Ornette Coleman
    I don't try to please when I play. I try to cure.
    — Ornette Coleman
    For me, being an innovator doesn't mean being more intelligent, more rich, it's not a word, it's an action.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: action 
     
    Music has many uses and I think the most perfected use that music has is one of a healing quality.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: music  healing  quality 
     
    Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: time  night  music 
     
    It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: mistakes 
     
    If you decide you want to be treated good, and you treat someone else good, or you want to learn something, it's information. It's getting the right, good information.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: right  learn 
     
    It seems to me that in the western world, culture has something to do with appearance. A person that's out creating good stuff has got to appreciate someone when they take the time to have an appearance that goes with what they're doing.
    — Ornette Coleman
    When I have them working together, it's like a beautiful kaleidoscope.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: beautiful 
     
    I would like to play for audiences who are not using my music to stimulate their sex organs.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: music  sex 
     
    I've never had a relationship with a record executive. I always went to the record company by someone that liked my playing. Then they would get fired, and I'd be left with the record company. And then - because they got fired - the record company wouldn't do anything for me.
    — Ornette Coleman
    Jerry Garcia was one of the original American icons. He played naturally and beautifully.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: american 
     
    All the things that human beings suffer from are how their environment treats them, and how the elements of their planet affects their mind and body-like radiation, cancer, and all.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: human  environment  mind 
     
    I decided, if I'm going to be poor and black and all, the least thing I'm going to do is to try and find out who I am. I created everything about me.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: poor  black 
     
    I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: food  mental  illness  book  read 
     
    I don't know what they're thinking about. Just because someone says, 'I like what you do' or something: They might like it today and tomorrow they might not. I've had that experience with record companies.
    — Ornette Coleman
    No one has to learn to spell to talk, right? You see a little kid holding a conversation with an adult. He probably doesn't know the words he's saying, but he knows where to fit them to make what he's thinking logical to what you're saying.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: adult  saying  thinking  learn  kids 
     
    Sound has no parents.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: parent 
     
    Originally, I wanted to be a composer. I always tell people, 'I think of myself as a composer.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: people 
     
    I had a really good time in New Orleans, although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge. Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away. 'Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: time 
     
    Only America makes you feel that everybody wants to be like you. That's what success is: Everybody wants to be like you.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: america  success 
     
    After I left Texas and went to California, I had a hard time getting anyone to play anything that I was writing, so I had to end up playing them myself. And that's how I ended up just being a saxophone player.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: time  writing 
     
    I don't really live like a musician myself. I think music is just something that I do, but I'd like to be doing lots of other things. I like to cure all kinds of illness.
    — Ornette Coleman
    tags: live  illness  music 
     
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