"I'm beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Dave Brubeck on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Dave Brubeck on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Dave Brubeck on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Dave Brubeck on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Dave Brubeck on Winston Churchill
"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."