"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Dave Brubeck on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Dave Brubeck on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Dave Brubeck on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Dave Brubeck on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Dave Brubeck on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"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."
"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."