"But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical he has no freedom."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Buddy Rich on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Buddy Rich on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Buddy Rich on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Buddy Rich on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Buddy Rich on Mahatma Gandhi
"I can't sit down long enough to absorb any kind of learning."
"I think the drummer should sit back there and play some drums, and never mind about the tunes. Just get up there and wail behind whoever is sitting up there playing the solo. And this is what is lacking, definitely lacking in music today."
"But I think that any young drummer starting out today should get himself a great teacher and learn all there is to know about the instrument that he wants to play."