"I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Ornette Coleman on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Ornette Coleman on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Ornette Coleman on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Ornette Coleman on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Ornette Coleman on Benjamin Franklin
"I remember once, we got an interview, and he said, 'Dad, these people are writing about me like I'm an adult. Don't they know I'm a kid?' I have never tried to encourage him to get a music image like other musicians have."
"I've never had a relationship with a record executive. I always went to the record company by someone that liked my playing. Then they would get fired, and I'd be left with the record company. And then - because they got fired - the record company wouldn't do anything for me."
"Most of my relationships have been like that - with record companies. I've never had a legitimate business relationship with a company. I've always had a personal relationship with someone in the company."