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All Quotes by author - Carlos Santana
" Blues was my first love. It was the first thing where I said, 'Oh man, this is the stuff.' It just sounded so raw and honest, gut-bucket honest. From then I started rebelling. "
" Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted to melodies. Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there's always a melody in there. "
" Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions. "
" Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond, and that 's why I let my band go right now. For the first time in my life I'm just roaming around, vagabonding. "
" First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. "
" If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about. "
" If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. "
" I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels. "
" I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses. "
" I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing. "
" I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time. "
" I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba. "
" Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life. "
" Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. "
" Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. "
" Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you. "
" Stay in your heart. "
" The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold. "
" The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. "
" The music of Hendrix wakes people up to their possibilities. It's more than just dreaming about being a guitar hero. "
" There's a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody. "
" There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same. "
" When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden. "
" When you fly to New York, sometimes they put you on hold and you just go round and around in a holding pattern. Sometimes in a concert, I feel other spirits in a holding pattern that they want to land through my heart and through my fingers. "
" Your mind is a magnet. You don't attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am! "
" Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling. "
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