"Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into a community and find people who need him."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Charlie Byrd on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Charlie Byrd 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."Charlie Byrd on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Charlie Byrd 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."Charlie Byrd on Ray Charles
"A person should design the way he makes a living around how he wishes to make a life."