"I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Bobby McFerrin on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Bobby McFerrin on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Bobby McFerrin on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Bobby McFerrin on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Bobby McFerrin on Robert Frost
"Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints."
"I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning to be a musician was actually very wonderful."
"If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get up and tell their boss off... then I'll be successful."