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Igor Stravinsky Quotes

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
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#Talent

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
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#Russian Composer

Just as appetite comes from eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning
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#Action

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
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#Russian Composer #Forgiveness

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.
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#Present #Russian Composer

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
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#Music #Russian Composer

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.
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#Russian Composer #Appreciation

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
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#Love #Russian Composer

A good composer does not imitate; he steals
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#Composers

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.
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#Russian Composer

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
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#Force #Russian Composer

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
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#Russian Composer #Appetite

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
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#Music

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
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#Music #Russian Composer

My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.
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#God

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
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#Russian Composer

My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.
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#Childhood

My music is best understood by children and animals.
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#Russian Composer #Animals

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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#Music #Russian Composer

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.
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#Life