Quotes of Herbie Hancock

“ Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ But once Miles would start to play on top of these things we were doing, all of a sudden, it was as though he would go to the core of it. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ So in other words, we were constantly challenged to grow, and that's what a master does. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Jazz is purely about just the music, whereas any of the areas of rock n' roll, because it's a popular area, has in many cases show involved. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Tradition can be negative though, if the importance of having roots outweighs the importance of searching for what's valuable in new things being presented. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Still, when I finally left Miles in '68 and got my own band, it was a logical step; because anybody that left Miles always had their own band. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Other highlights? When I started practicing Buddhism 21 years ago. Marrying the woman I married 26 years ago; my wife is quite a woman. The birth of my daughter. Joining Miles Davis' band. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ From '70 to '73 I'd had a sextet, but the band was not self-supporting and I couldn't afford it, so I broke it up. And then I didn't know what kind of music I wanted to do, because I was just fed up to here with it. It wasn't fulfilling anymore. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ That's one of the reasons for the title of the record, Future 2 Future, because here they are creating kind of a new musical approach, underground approach, but coming out of what used to be underground but what has become popular, which is the whole hip-hop scene. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ I've had a lot of music in my own head. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ We've been looking at machines for so long, I really wish the technology community would look at human beings first for a change, let's balance the thing out. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ As far as actually writing scripts or stories… now scenarios, most people have ideas for scenarios that could be the basis for a film. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ So my parents, particularly my mother, she noticed that I seemed to be interested, so on my seventh birthday my parents got me a piano. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ There was a radio station in Chicago, there was a guy named Al Benson, and he pretty much dominated black radio in the '50s. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ When I discovered Buddhism, I realized that Buddhism agrees with that. Buddhism adds something, too, which is that your life also never begins. It's eternal. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Buddhism opened me up to seeing things from the standpoint of being a human being - looking at the purpose of action and the effects on life. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ I feel a lot more secure about the directions I take, than I might have, had I not practiced Buddhism. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Buddhism has helped me toward gaining control over my own destiny, and given me the courage to follow directions I believe in. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Other highlights? When I started practicing Buddhism 21 years ago. Marrying the woman I married 26 years ago; my wife is quite a woman. The birth of my daughter. Joining Miles Davis' band. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ It hit me like a ton of bricks, and I had to almost hide my face, because tears were welling up in my eyes. Just the thought of playing with Bird, wow! ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ The one thing that we should stick to is to figure out how to become better human beings, but in order to do that we have to go to the second level which is to work on defining the palette of what a better human being is made of, and creativity is one of them. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ I think there's a great beauty to having problems. That's one of the ways we learn. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ That's one of the reasons for the title of the record, Future 2 Future, because here they are creating kind of a new musical approach, underground approach, but coming out of what used to be underground but what has become popular, which is the whole hip-hop scene. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ When I was a kid, I won a contest and played a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony, and I've written some movie scores, and I've been listening to orchestral music for years. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ Well, I was becoming more of a jazz snob, in thinking that jazz was a higher kind of music, and that R&B was, yes, for the body and more commercial. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ I had just come out of college, and I figured that I would probably be in Chicago for the next couple of years, and then maybe, I 'd get a chance to go to New York and hang out with the big boys. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ When I discovered Buddhism, I realized that Buddhism agrees with that. Buddhism adds something, too, which is that your life also never begins. It's eternal. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ We've been looking at machines for so long, I really wish the technology community would look at human beings first for a change, let's balance the thing out. ”

- Herbie Hancock
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