Miles Davis Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old miles davis quotes, miles davis sayings, and miles davis proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Always look ahead, but never look back.     

Miles Davis

If you love 'em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; if you love 'em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you're in love.     

Miles Davis

Always look ahead, but never look back.     

Miles Davis

Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.     

Miles Davis

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

Miles Davis

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.     

Miles Davis

If you're not nervous then you're not paying attention.     

Miles Davis

Drummers - sometimes they play and they listen. And that little listen takes a speck away from the right tempo.     

Miles Davis

There are no wrong notes.     

Miles Davis

There are no wrong notes in jazz: only notes in the wrong places.     

Miles Davis

It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.     

Miles Davis

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.     

Miles Davis

A legend is an old man with a cane.     

Miles Davis

People will go for anything they don't understand if it's got enough hype.     

Miles Davis

In improvisation, there are no mistakes.     

Miles Davis

Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.     

Miles Davis

If you love ’em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; If you love ’em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you’re in love.     

Miles Davis

I don't care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.     

Miles Davis