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As you may know, when the Dean's Office sends out a survey, I sometimes try to encourage responses by bribing folks with a Starbucks gift card. And, to keep responses anonymous, instructions at the end of the survey request that respondants send me their favorite quotation--or return my favorite quote--by email.

Here are The Hartt School's favorite quotations, as sent by faculty, staff, students, and alumni:

"An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs."  ~Edgard Varese

"Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement." -Will Durant

"Generalization is the enemy of art"  ~ C. Stanislavski

"I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something." Barbra Streisand

"Let the beauty we love be what we do."

"The creative process is a spiritual path"  Stephen Nachmanovitch

"The other people I like are the ones who are being driven to find a tune that has been troubling them, distracting them, a tune they can hear in their breath when they run for a bus, or in the rhythm of their windshield wipers when they're driving home from work. Sometimes something banal and obvious is responsible for the distraction: they have heard it on the radio, or at a club. But sometimes it has come to them as if by magic. Sometimes it has come to them because the sun was out, and they saw someone who looked nice, and they suddenly found themselves humming a snatch of a song they haven't heard for fifteen or twenty years." Nick Hornby (from High Fidelity)

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -Albert Einstein

"We must remember that art is art. Well, on the other hand water is water isn't it? .And east is east and west is west. And if you take cranberries and stew them like applesause they taste much more like prunes than rubarb does. Now you tell me what you know." -Groucho, Animal Crackers

“The most important thing in art is the frame. For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively - because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where the art stops and the real world begins. You have to put a "box"around it because otherwise, what is that shit on the wall?” - Frank Zappa

“Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture.  You know what they need?  They need musicians”  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

Res ipsa loquitor  (Latin: The things itself speaks)

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”  -Pablo Picasso

"All good things come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy." ~Norman MacClean

As artists know, the creative process is consummately singular. It is a sojourn whose signposts are legible only to the sojourner, and are often cryptic even to him: a trip whose personal nature is its point. -Anneli Rufus

"My art would be that of living: each moment, each breath is a work inscribed nowhere." ~Marcel Duchamp

“I am a dancer.  I believe that we learn by practice.  Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it  is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit.  One becomes in some area an athlete of God.”  ~Martha Graham, c.1953

“Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” Voltaire

“The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music.  Bodies never lie”.  ~Agnes de Mille

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep directly open to and aware of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."- Martha Graham

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, their size, their strength, or their flexibility...they are great because of their passion" - Martha Graham

"A life lived in fear is a life half lived." —Spanish proverb

"Always be in your own movie." ~ Ken Kesey

"And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much YOU love, but by how much YOU are loved by OTHERS." From the Wizard of Oz

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!"  - John F. Kennedy

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodor Seuss Geisel

"Do or do not.  There is no try." Yoda

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end" -Anonymous

"I am a great believer of luck, and the harder I work the more I have of it." ~ Stephen Leacock

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."  - Dr. Seuss

"In a mad world, only the made are sane." - Akira Kurusowa

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J.K Rowling, as said by Dumbledore

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" ~ John Lennon

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."-TS Eliot

"Privacy and security are those things you give up when you show the world what makes you extraordinary."

"Progress isn't made by early risers.  It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." -Robert Heinlein

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." Scott Adams

"Still the noise in the mind: that is the first task - then everything else will follow in time." ~R. Murray Schafer

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer. " Zora Neale Hurston

"To err is human but to bill for it is lawyerly."

"To live is to love and to love is to live" Genaro J. Pisano

"We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly."  - John Cage

"Whatever tears at us, whatever holds us down, And if nothing can be done, we'll make the best of what's around."-Dave Matthews

"When I look around, I think: this, this is good enough. And I try to laugh at whatever life brings, cuz when I look down, I miss all the good stuff, and when I look up, I just trip over things."

"When you stop having dreams and ideals--well, you might as well stop altogether."--Marian Anderson

"You are now here or nowhere."

"You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow." - Harriet Martineau

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all who wander are lost.”  ~JRR Tolkien

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there”

“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”  ~Letter from John Adams to his wife (1780)

“If you are a dreamer,come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” -Shel Silverstein

“In life there is nothing more common than talent and intelligence. What is missing is passion, persistence, commitment, and dedication.” -Calvin Coolidge

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”  --Erin Majors

“A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

“All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough, or strong enough, or talented enough. They'll say you're the wrong height, or the wrong type to play this, to be this, or achieve this. They will tell you no a thousand times ... no until every no just becomes meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly; they will tell you no, and you will tell them yes”.-Old Nike Ad

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Ghandi

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is that voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

“Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  Howard Thurman

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on”. Robert Frost

“Many a thorn without a rose, but no rose without a thorn”. Arthur Schopenhauer

“My life is like a garden - never blooming the same way twice.”

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground” -- The Buddha

“The richest man is not he who has the most but he who needs the least.”

“The world owes us nothing, but we owe each other, the world” -Ani DiFranco

“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit”. - Montague

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”  Mark Twain

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;The valiant never taste of death but once." -Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)

"Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go." -E.E. Cummings

"Ability is what you're capable of doing, Motivation determines what you do, Attitude determines how well you do it." -Lou Holtz

"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." - Oscar Wilde

"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."  (Italian Proverb)

"Tough times don't last, but tough people do" unknown

"Learn from the past, live for the present, hope for the future."

"A man is his life." Jean-Paul Sartre

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. -Mark Twain

“Music is a part of survival; a part of the human spirit , an unquenchable expression of who we are. Music is one of the ways in which we say, "I'm alive, and my life has meaning" Karl Paulnack

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." --Friedrich Nietzsche

"Bach gave us God's Word.  Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire.  God gave us music that we might pray without words."  - Quote from outside an old opera house.

"Every time I listen to this music, I have a feeling that I will have a great life." ~Marina Zoueva

"He who sings scares away his woes"  Cervantes

"How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers." - Gioacchino Rossini
"I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin." Pope John Paul II

"I have yet to find something that beats the power of being in love, or the power of music at its most magical." - Yo-Yo Ma

"If music be the food of Love, play on." -Shakespeare

"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later."  Miles Davis

"It makes practically everybody fonder of life than he or she would be without it." Kurt Vonnegut on music

"Life without music is meaningless, music without life is academic."  -Leonard Bernstein

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." ~ Plato

"Music is life, and life is not a business."-Iggy Pop (Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony 2010).

"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives" -Ludwig Van Beethoven

"Music is the imagination of love in sound."  ~W. J. Turner

"Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age and beyond color....straight to the heart and mind of all people." -Ben Harper

"Play every note beautifully - every tuning note, every exercise, every whole note.  Always play beautifully." ~Sanford Sharaoff, bassoonist

"Remember, information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best." - Frank Zappa

"Sometimes you can make an ugly sound, but you can never make a casual one." Stanford Olsen,

"The greatest thing about music is the people you meet through it."

"There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, there is a silence at the end and there is a silence in the middle. "Daniel Barenboim

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." -Leonard Bernstein

"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable." ~Aaron Copland

"Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason." -Camus

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.....yet we are the movers and shakers, of the world forever, it seems." ~Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

"We believe that in a world of political, economical and personal disintegrations music is not a luxury but a necessity,... because it is the persistent focus of man's intelligence, aspiration and goodwill." Collegiate Choral (Robert Shaw, director) 1940s

"When words fail, music speaks..." -Hans Christian Andersen

"You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." John Coltrane

"You need to ask yourself 'what am I willing to do to make music my livelihood ?' ".  -Marcus Rojas

“Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind” --Rossini

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.” Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” -Anonymous

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”  Leonard Bernstein

“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!   I will sing to the LORD, I will sing;  I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel”. (Judges 5:3)

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music”.  Gustav Mahler

“Music alone shall live! “

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” -Victor Hugo

“One more thing: Bear in mind, silence is golden!” – Gepopo (From Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti)

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife" - Kahlil Gibran

"Theater is a safe place to do the unsafe things that need to be done. When it’s safety is used to protect cowards masquerading as heroes, it’s a boring travesty. An actor who is truly heroic reveals the divine that passes through him, that aspect of himself that he does not own and cannot control.  The control and the artistry of the heroic actor is in service to his soul. We live in an era of enormous cynicism. Do not be fooled. Don’t act for money. You’ll start to feel dead and bitter. Don’t act for glory.  You’ll start to feel dead, fat and fearful. We live in an era of enormous cynicism.  Do not be fooled. See it as something dead and unconnected you clutch.  You can’t avoid the pitfalls. There are lies you must tell.  But experience the lie. And let it go. Act from the depth of your feeling imagination.  Act for celebration, for search, for grieving, for worship,  to express that desolate sensation of wandering through the howling wilderness. Don’t worry about art.  Do these things and it will be art.”  John Patrick Shanley

 “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become”.  ~Gautama Siddhattha

"Against stupidity even the gods themselves labor in vain"  ~ F. Schiller
"EL genio es elegirse genial y acertar" Cortazar

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Enstein

“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers”.  ~Sydney J. Harris

“You don't know anything until the years have passed and then you will understand what you don't know.” Dr. Moshe Paranov


The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.