"I dress up a certain way because I respect the music."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Wynton Marsalis on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Wynton Marsalis on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Wynton Marsalis on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Wynton Marsalis on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Wynton Marsalis on Abraham Lincoln
"Many a revolution started with the actions of a few. Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. A few hanging together can lead a nation to change."
"I believed in studying just because I knew education was a privilege. It was the discipline of study, to get into the habit of doing something that you don't want to do."
"Through first-class education, a generation marches down the long uncertain road of the future with confidence."
"When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?"
"There are forces all around you who wish to exploit division, rob you of your freedom, and tell you what to think. But young folks can rekindle the weary spirit of a slumbering nation."