"I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."B. B. King on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."B. B. King on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."B. B. King on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."B. B. King on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."B. B. King on Ray Charles
"The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it."
"Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway."
"The way I feel today, as long as my health is good and I can handle myself well and people still come to my concerts, still buy my CDs, I'll keep playing until I feel like I can't."
"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."
"Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning."