"Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents' garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they're also practicing math."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 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."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 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."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Ray Charles
"I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis. That's not normal, even for my age."
"Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them."
"The '80s made up for all the abuse I took during the '70s. I outlived all my critics. By the time I retired, everybody saw me as a venerable institution. Things do change."
"My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it."
"I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream."