"I'm always hoping for the nights that are inspired where you almost have an out of body experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Dave Brubeck on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Dave Brubeck on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Dave Brubeck on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Dave Brubeck on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Dave Brubeck on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians."