"I played a lot of sports and it's the plays in basketball that weren't worked out that are the ones that are just fantastic that you remember. We don't know the power that's within our own bodies."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Dave Brubeck on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Dave Brubeck on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Dave Brubeck on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Dave Brubeck on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Dave Brubeck on Henry David Thoreau
"That's the beauty of music. You can take a theme from a Bach sacred chorale and improvise. It doesn't make any difference where the theme comes from the treatment of it can be jazz."
"My dad was the manager at the 45,000-acre ranch, but he owned his own 1,200-acre ranch, and I owned four cattle that he gave to me when I graduated from grammar school, from the eighth grade. And those cows multiplied, and he kept track of them for years for me. And that was my herd."
"I'm always hoping for the nights that are inspired where you almost have an out of body experience."
"Jazz is about freedom within discipline. Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom, democracy and the United States."
"Many people don't understand how disciplined you have to be to play jazz... And that is really the idea of democracy - freedom within the Constitution or discipline. You don't just get out there and do anything you want."