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Quincy Jones quotes

China's got a billion people and a hit record over there is a million records. You know that ain't right.

I'm a tremendous believer and supporter in hip-hop and rap.

We got into all the trouble you could ever imagine. We figured that if the Jones boys and all the gangsters ran Chicago, we had our own territory now. All the stores, all the crime, we were in charge of everything, my stepbrother and my brother.

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.

Every day, my daddy told me the same thing. 'Once a task is just begun, never leave it till it's done. Be the labour great or small, do it well or not at all.'

We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block - it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America - every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too.

If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day.

All guys get into music because they love music and they also want to get the girls.

I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.

My grandmother had this high-tech security system - a rusty nail she used to lock the door.

Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.

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.

We stole a box of honey jars one time and went out in the woods and took care of the whole box. I don't think I touched honey again for 20 years. I never wanted to see honey again.

A great song can make a terrible singer sound good, but a good singer - you put a great song on top of that, you're really in great shape!

Arts is just as important as military defense, you know? Emotional defense is just as important.

Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That's the soul of a country.

Everybody has their idiosyncrasies.

I don't remember feeling love.

I never felt like I had a mother.