Ellington: Problems

Quote Quiz

Duke Ellington (1899 - 1974) had a 50 year career as a jazz band leader, composer and pianist. His popularity brought jazz music into wide acceptance as he appeared on television and radio. His success was at a time when racial barriers limited the places he could perform and the amount of play time he would get on the radio and television.

Yet Ellington was able to achieve success because he did not let difficulties rule his attitude.

“A problem is a chance,” said Ellington, “______”.

A. To do your best

B. To blame someone else

C. To change your path

D. To give up gracefully and do something else.

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Answer is “A”: to do your best.

Ellington understood that problems bring out the most creative aspects of one's character.