"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Ornette Coleman on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Ornette Coleman on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Ornette Coleman 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."Ornette Coleman on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Ornette Coleman on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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'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."