Top 10 Miles Davis Quotes

Miles Davis(May 26, 1926 – September 28,1991) was an American jazz musician and is regarded as one of the most iconic jazz artists in history. 

Here are the Miles Davis’s top ten greatest quotes:


Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.

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Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

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First you imitate, then you innovate.

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Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery.

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Play what you know, and then play above that.

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My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.

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If you’re not making a mistake, it’s a mistake.

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For me, music and life are all about style.

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It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.

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Always look ahead, but never look back.

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Thank you Miles Davis!

Interesting Miles Davis Facts:

  • He learned how to play the trumpet at 13 years old.
  • His mom originally wanted him to play the violin.
  • His mom was a music instructor and dad was a dentist.
  • He won 9 Grammys.
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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