65 Motivational Quincy Jones Quotes on Success in Life

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992. This motivational Quincy Jones quotes will motivate you.

Best Quincy Jones Quotes

  1. Every day, my daddy told me the same thing. ‘Once a task is just begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.’ ~ Quincy Jones
  2. Not one ounce of my self worth depends on your acceptance of me. ~ Quincy Jones
  3. Excellence isn’t an act, it’s a habit ~ Quincy Jones
  4. I learned real early why God gave us two ears and one mouth because you’re supposed to listen twice as much as you talk. ~ Quincy Jones
  5. I’ve been driven all my life by a spirit of adventure and a criminal level of optimism. I believed in my dreams because they were my only option. The people who make it to the top are addicted to their calling. You have to honor the gift God has given you. The people who get the call are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid. ~ Quincy Jones
  6. The process is the most beautiful part. ~ Quincy Jones

  7. Music was the one thing I could control. It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didn’t have to search for answers. The answers lay no further than the bell of my trumpet and my scrawled, penciled scores. Music made me full, strong, popular, self-reliant, and cool. ~ Quincy Jones
  8. Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind. ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  9. Let’s not get too full of ourselves. Let’s leave space for God to come into the room. ~ Quincy Jones
  10. Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing. ~ Quincy Jones
  11. You Make Your Mistakes To Learn How To Get To The Good Stuff ~ Quincy Jones

  12. The people who make it to the top – whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos – are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid. ~ Quincy Jones
  13. There’s nothing in the world worse than having an opportunity that you’re not prepared for. Good luck usually follows the collision of opportunity and preparation – it’s a result of that collision. You’ve got to be prepared. ~ Quincy Jones
  14. So, make your mistakes now and make them quickly. If you’ve made the mistakes, you know what to expect the next time. That’s how you become valuable. ~ Quincy Jones
  15. I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.” ~ Quincy Jones

  16. Jazz has the power to make men forget their differences and come together… Jazz is the personification of transforming overwhelmingly negative circumstances into freedom, friendship, hope, and dignity. ~ Quincy Jones
  17. The only music I don’t like is bad music. ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  18. Every day you must be able to say, I have to get up because I’m needed by someone. As long as you have that, you’re healthy. ~ Quincy Jones
  19. You cannot get an A if you’re afraid of getting an F. ~ Quincy Jones

  20. You can study orchestration, you can study harmony and theory and everything else, but melodies come straight from God. ~ Quincy Jones
  21. I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed because it’s not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever. ~ Quincy Jones
  22. It has been proven time and time again in countless studies that students who actively participate in arts education are twice as likely to read for pleasure, have strengthened problem-solving and critical thinking skills, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair. ~ Quincy Jones
  23. What happens when you get a big break and you haven’t prepared yourself? That becomes the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. I see it happen all the time. ~ Quincy Jones
  24. If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture. ~ Quincy Jones

  25. I used to practice piano for hours, and now, with a synthesizer, you can input the music and the machine perfects the song. That’s why we have so many people in the music business who should be plumbers. They don’t really understand music because they haven’t been trained. ~ Quincy Jones
  26. It’s the attitude about life, man. Looking at the light instead of the dark. Looking at love instead of fear. ~ Quincy Jones
  27. When you’re over the hill, that’s when you pick up speed. ~ Quincy Jones
  28. Everybody has their idiosyncrasies. ~ Quincy Jones
  29. Making a record is like painting a school bus with a toothbrush. ~ Quincy Jones

  30. Every country can be defined through their food, their music, and their language. That’s the soul of a country. ~ Quincy Jones
  31. You want your parents to say, “Hey, I’m proud of you.” When you don’t hear that, you learn to compensate. You say, “Hell, I don’t need their approval. If I get my music right, I’ll have everyone else’s approval.” I didn’t understand it then, but I now know that’s what happened to me. ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  32. I was reading Omar Khayyam, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, L. Ron Hubbard, all sorts of philosophy. Bebop cats are like that. Curious. I wanted to know about everything. ~ Quincy Jones
  33. There’s power in the collective. If you don’t believe me, just watch a symphony orchestra with a conductor and 120 people who are thinking about exactly the same thing at the same moment – no babies, no stock markets, no mortgages. Just 32nd notes. ~ Quincy Jones
  34. I improvised my life along the way – I just moved step-by-step. And I knew that if I got better, something would happen. ~ Quincy Jones
  35. You have to know that your real home is within. ~ Quincy Jones

  36. Arts is just as important as military defense, you know? Emotional defense is just as important. ~ Quincy Jones
  37. All the jazz guys had interracial relationships, and even the ladies did. Over the years, interracial relationships have been a hip, almost defiant thing, a way of saying “Nobody can put a boundary around me.” ~ Quincy Jones
  38. Thank God, 50 years ago I learned that our entire business is all based on two things; a great song and a great story. Film, television, if you don’t have that story, nothing else matters. You don’t call anybody else or direct anybody. The same with a song. A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. ~ Quincy Jones
  39. I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is. ~ Quincy Jones
  40. Michael (Jackson) was so shy, he’d sit down and sing behind the couch with his back to me while I sat with my hands over my eyes and the lights off. ~ Quincy Jones
  41. Did you know you would become as successful as you have? Hell, no. But you know what? You were prepared, baby. ~ Quincy Jones
  42. I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day. ~ Quincy Jones

  43. The climate in the ’50s and ’60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious. ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  44. Editing while you’re writing is like strangling the baby in the crib. ~ Quincy Jones
  45. Empty the cup every time and it comes back at twice as full. I developed that attitude when I was very, very young, when I decided I didn’t want to be a gangster anymore. Whether it’s just shining shoes, I said okay, I’m going to do this better than anybody else did it in my life. ~ Quincy Jones
  46. I was inspired by a lot of people when I was young, every band that came through town, to the theater, or the dance hall. I was at every dance, every night club, listened to every band that came through, because in those days we didn’t have MTV, we didn’t have television. ~ Quincy Jones
  47. Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release. ~ Quincy Jones

  48. I’ve met every freak in the business. ~ Quincy Jones
  49. I got a scholarship to Seattle University and I was writing arrangements for singers and everybody. But the music course was too dry and I really wanted to get away from home. ~ Quincy Jones
  50. I guess hip-hop has been closer to the pulse of the streets than any music we’ve had in a long time. It’s sociology as well as music, which is in keeping with the tradition of black music in America. ~ Quincy Jones
  51. Hell, nobody knows where jazz is going to go. There may be a kid right now in Chitlin Switch, Georgia, who is going to come along and upset everybody. ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  52. “A song should have all the color and beauty of every rose.” Quincy Jones

  53. “I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets, and the violins.” ~ Quincy Jones
  54. “A person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea.” ~ Quincy Jones
  55. “I go to the favelas in Brazil. It’s the same in the South Side of Chicago. It’s the same, or just more violent. We’re trying to get them to stop selling dope. You see kids with AK-47s and nine-year-olds with nine millimeters. You know, they don’t play. They make us look like nuns.” ~ Quincy Jones
  56. “I chose the trombone because the trombone players in the marching band got to be upfront with the majorettes (because of the slides) and I loved that!” ~ Quincy Jones
  57. “It’s amazing how much trouble you can get in when you don’t have anything else to do.” ~ Quincy Jones
  58. “Communications are making this one world. Back in the day, 400-500 years ago, nobody knew what anyone else was doing. It’s on the 6 O’Clock news now. Now we can say, Oh, that’s the way they live. Oh, they do that!! Opportunities, the chance to bring about change, it’s all based on communication. Communication and jet planes.” ~ Quincy Jones
  59. “I’m a tremendous believer and supporter in hip-hop and rap.” ~ Quincy Jones
  60. “My grandmother had this high-tech security system – a rusty nail she used to lock the door.” ~ Quincy Jones
  61. “Billy Strayhorn wrote Multicolored Blue. Billy to me is the boss of the arrangers.” ~ Quincy Jones

  62. “It’s easy to get next to music theory, especially between your peers and music classes and so forth. You just pay attention. I had a good ear, so I realized that printed music was just about reminding you what to play.” ~ Quincy Jones
  63. “Louis ‘Thunder Thumbs’ Johnson was one of the greatest bass players to ever pick up the instrument, as a member of the Brothers Johnson, we shared decades of magical times working together in the studio and touring the world. From my albums ‘Body Heat’ and ‘Mellow Madness,’ to their platinum albums ‘Look Out for #1,’ ‘Right On Time,’ ‘Blam’ and ‘Light Up the Night,’ which I produced, to Michael’s solo debut ‘Off the Wall,’ I considered Louis a core member of my production team. He was a dear and beloved friend and brother, and I will miss his presence and joy of life every day.” ~ Quincy Jones
  64. “I never felt like that in my life. I didn’t know human beings played these instruments. I heard them in Chicago and Louisville and St. Louis all my life, you know? But I didn’t know human beings played them, you know? So the next day I went to Coontz Junior High School and I started on sousaphone, tuba, B-flat baritone, E-flat alto, French horn, trombone.” ~ Quincy Jones Quotes
  65. “After every war, there was a significant change in the music, and I can understand how that happened. If you participate in protecting the country, you think you can be part of it, but you come back home and it’s worse than ever.” ~ Quincy Jones

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