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I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
by Tom Glazer

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

Related topics: Legal

I ended up performing on a full time basis and I never got to Julliard at all.
- Tom Glazer

With sincere modesty, if there is such a thing,
I have never thought of legacy at all.
I am always grateful if people like what I have done.
A legacy is something no one can forsee.
- Tom Glazer

Participation, I think, or one of the best methods of educating.
- Tom Glazer

 

They say poets write mostly for themselves;
if anyone else likes it,
well and good, if not, it doesn't matter;
certainly,
not to me.
- Tom Glazer

I started my career at the top and have been working
my way downwards ever since.
- Tom Glazer

Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds
negative and performers are not supposed to be negative,
but when I was on the road, I was lonely.
- Tom Glazer

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I have a great interest in a number of things,
perhaps too many.
I admire people who seem to concentrate on only one
fixed discipline to the exclusion of almost everything else.
- Tom Glazer

I obtained a job at the Library of Congress.
I loved books, so I felt at home.
I was going to end up, I thought, majoring in English
and teach at the college level.
- Tom Glazer

I met my wife in Washington, D.C.
I was a senior in college.
WW II was about to descend upon us.
Jobs were starting to open up after a prolonged depression.
- Tom Glazer

When people ask me what I do, strangers on a plane,
perhaps, I tell them that I think.
Thinking is excellent exercise, as much as swimming or jogging.
- Tom Glazer

I wrote the Brotherhood song for no money out of my
deep feelings about humanity,
and because I was flattered that whatever talents I had,
had been recognized.
- Tom Glazer

I taught myself to drive.
I hope that the child in me never dies.
- Tom Glazer

When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head,
a catch phrase.
When I was writing pop songs for a few years,
as a career, separate from my folksinging career,
I used to write songs for pop singers.
- Tom Glazer

Things are forgotten and then perhaps picked up again,
if we're lucky, it lasts...
if not, then it's in the lap of the gods.
The important thing was to do some work that I liked
and hopefully that some others might also like,
whether for a minute, a week, a month,
a year.
- Tom Glazer

As I grew up, I was interested in other areas,
too, especially literature.
It became a major love of mine.
Later, it became a difficult choice for me as to whether
to major in music or literature.
It wasn't until my 30s that I began a profession in music.
- Tom Glazer

A characteristic of older folksongs,
in most cases,
is that we don't know their composers or authors.
Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind.
They were passed down by word of mouth,
from generation to generation.
- Tom Glazer

When I became more involved in music,
I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense.
However, on occasion, I would write something for my
own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory
remarks in the songbooks I put together.
- Tom Glazer

Music was around in my family in two ways.
My mother would occasionally sing to me,
but I was mostly stimulated by the classical music
my father had left behind.
I had an ear for music, I suppose, so that's what began my interest in music.
- Tom Glazer

For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration,
but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song,
on commission.
The artists would come up with a masterpiece without
waiting to have their muse inspire them.
- Tom Glazer

When I was in Philadelphia during the Depression in 1930 or '31,
I got a very sad job as a night watchman in a garage.
The cars in the garage had been abandoned by their owners,
since they had lost their jobs and couldn't keep up the payments.
- Tom Glazer

My Dad died during the flu epidemic in 1918 when I was 4 years old.
He left a lot of classical recordings behind that I
began listening to at an early age,
so he must have been a music lover.
- Tom Glazer

Just this morning, out of a large memory for songs,
and having been obsessed by them since childhood,
suddenly, at the age of 84, I thought of a song I hadn't
thought of in over 50 years.
It came into my head unbidden.
- Tom Glazer

When I listen to music today, it is about 99 percent classical.
I rarely even listen to folk music, the music of my own specialty,
because folk music is to me more limited than classical music.
- Tom Glazer

I published, privately, a collection of my serious
poetry I had written over the years.
I only published 50 copies, which I gave to friends,
in a special deluxe edition.
It was ridiculously expensive but I'm glad that I did it.
- Tom Glazer

Technically, I've been retired for some time now.
All I ever do is occasionally write songs for friends,
such as one, for a friend who had just turned 80.
I wrote a song for him called, The First 80 Years are The Hardest.
- Tom Glazer

I was asked by a group to write a song on the theme of brotherhood.
This was before women's liberation, when brotherhood
meant men and women both,
so I wrote the song.
Since I had always been very fond of the Passion Chorale,
I wrote words to that great piece.
- Tom Glazer

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

In this world there is always danger
for those who are afraid of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid
We can't. We will fall. Come to the edge
And they came. And he pushed them
And they flew
- Guillaume Apollinaire

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

The best way to gain self-confidence
is to do what you are afraid to do.
- Anonymous

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve.
- Lao Tzu

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
- Anne Frank

We are never afraid of what is happening in this instant -
It is what MIGHT happen next that frightens us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
- Paulo Coelho

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
- Luciano Pavarotti

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves.
They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism.
- Osho

In true friendship, one can express
anything and everything without feeling ashamed
or afraid of being rejected.
- Aparna Chatterjee

Lovers who have been left, lose confidence and become afraid.
They learn to leave relationships first.
The broken hearted become the heart breakers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

We tell lies when we are afraid...
afraid of what we don't know,
afraid of what others will think,
afraid of what will be found out about us.
But every time we tell a lie,
the thing that we fear grows stronger.
- Williams Tad

We take refuge in pride,
because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.
- Kakuzo Okakura

Experience life in all possible ways -
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter.
Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience,
because the more experience you have,
the more mature you become.
- Osho

We are afraid to care too much, for fear
that the other person does not care at all.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm not afraid of aging.
- Shelley Duvall

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

There's nothing wrong with being afraid.
We were meant to be afraid.
- the Woody Allen movie Anything Else

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm having a bad day. I am not size six.
My legs are not skinny as sticks,
and dammit, someone's got to pay.
I'm afraid that I can't satisfy myself
and that my happiness depends on someone else.
I feel weak, so you're gonna take the fall.
You're so shallow.
- Jewel

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
- Voltaire

A lot of people are afraid of heights.
Not me, I'm afraid of widths.
- Steven Wright

I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
- Woody Allen

I was afraid of the internet...
because I couldn't type.
- Jack Welch

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
- St.
Jerome

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
- Corrie Ten Boom

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

Afraid? Me? A man who's licked
his weight in wild caterpillars?
Afraid? You bet I'm afraid!
- Groucho Marx


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