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All Quotes by author - Igor Stravinsky
" A good composer does not imitate; he steals. "
" A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares. "
" Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it. "
" Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading. "
" Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune. "
" I am an inventor of music. "
" I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity. "
" I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. "
" I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. "
" I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. "
" In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love? "
" Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being? "
" I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God. "
" Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning. "
" Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal. "
" Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn. "
" Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time. "
" My music is best understood by children and animals. "
" Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. "
" The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament. "
" The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution. "
" The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending. "
" The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do. "
" The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead. "
" To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. "
" Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. "
" What force is more potent than love? "
" What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators. "
" Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos? "
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