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I was born in Somerville, but I don't remember very
by Alan Hovhaness

I was born in Somerville, but I don't remember very
much about it because we moved from there to Arlington
when I was five years old,
and it was in Arlington that I spent most of my childhood.
- Alan Hovhaness

My mother's background was Scottish.
She came from an old family, some of whom lived in
upper New York State and some of whom had come over from Scotland.
- Alan Hovhaness

I did all kinds of things in order to earn a living.
- Alan Hovhaness

It's hard for me to think of others because I'm not
particularly in sympathy with the music of this century.
- Alan Hovhaness

 

This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people,
but they were all sort of...
well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant,
and this was rather depressing to me.
- Alan Hovhaness

I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
- Alan Hovhaness

I found a greater identity with my own emotions in
the Armenian culture as I grew older,
as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it.
- Alan Hovhaness

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There is nothing like practice.
- Alan Hovhaness

No, no, I didn't know him.
He lost his mind around 1917 because of the tragedy of the Armenians.
- Alan Hovhaness

I think that of my 21 symphonies, each has its own place.
- Alan Hovhaness

I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano,
but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and
my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become
a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.
- Alan Hovhaness

There were periods when I sometimes made fires in a large,
open fireplace that lasted about two weeks,
which was how long it took to burn my compositions.
So there has been an awful lot that I have destroyed.
- Alan Hovhaness

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

A single event can awaken a stranger totally unknown to us.
To live is to be slowly born.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

That I was born to this circle - I am blessed.
That I choose to stand in this circle - I am proud.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Friends are born, not made.
- Henry Adams

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I will greet this day with love in my heart.
And how will I do this?
Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again.
I will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way;
yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due;
yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
- Og Mandino

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
- Lao Tzu

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
- Joan Collins

We are born believing.
A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your
secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
- Andrew Carnegie

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born
at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
- Mark Twain

A baby is born with a need to be loved -
and never outgrows it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Adolescence is a new birth, for the higher and more
completely human traits are now born.
- G. Stanley Hall

We must cultivate our own garden.
When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work,
which proves that man was not born to rest.
- Voltaire

Everything that gets born dies.
- Morrie Schwartz

I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family
I could possibly have hoped for.
- Maureen O'Hara

Born again?!
No, I'm not.
Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
- Dennis Miller

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother.
- Rodney Dangerfield

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

The human brain starts working the moment you are born
and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
- George Jessel

I was born in very sorry circumstances.
Both of my parents were very sorry.
- Norman Wisdom

Some people are born on third base and go through life
thinking they hit a triple.
- Barry Switzer

The rich are not born skeptical or cynical.
They are made that way by events, circumstances.
- Paul Getty

Man always dies before he is fully born.
- Erich Fromm

All men are born equally free.
- Salmon P. Chase

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.
- Lady Bird Johnson

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born
curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
- Joseph Conrad

I was born a singer.
I need to do that.
- Nana Mouskouri

For many of us who were born and raised in this country,
including me, it's sometimes easy to forget how special America really is.
- Marco Rubio

If I had been born with an aggressive character,
then maybe my palmares would have been longer.
- Miguel Indurain

You're born with two strikes against you,
so don't take a third one on your own.
- Connie Mack

The difference between me and American-born actors
is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly.
- Joan Chen


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