My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest.
You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.
Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
Any musical person who has never heard a Negro congregation under the spell of religious fervor sing these old songs has missed one of the most thrilling emotions which the human heart may experience.
I thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth, and of London as a big freckle.
That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.