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It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful.
by Benjamin Britten

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful.
It has the beauty of loneliness of pain:
of strength and freedom.
The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love.
The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
- Benjamin Britten

Related topics: Music

The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific
idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense.
Nighttime is for sleeping.
- Benjamin Britten

These two are not two Love has made them one Amo Ergo Sum!
And by its mystery Each is no less but more.
- Benjamin Britten

Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house.
Slowly you see more details of the house-the color
of the slates and bricks,
the shape of the windows.
The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
- Benjamin Britten

 

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
- Publilius Syrus

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman.
Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
- John Cleese

Women love to be called cruel, even when they are kindest.
- Samuel Richardson

The terrorist attacks upon our country changed the
way that we live forever and provided us with a cruel
reminder that freedom and liberty have a price.
- Jo Ann Davis

Others too would occasionally entertain and privately express such doubts;
though we all had been most solemnly warned by the
cruel murder of Saint Francis.
- Maria Monk

Bored people, unless they sleep a lot,
are cruel.
- Renata Adler

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of.
Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation.
People just aren't that cruel.
- Jonathan Ross

You can't look in the face of adoration and be cruel.
- Claudia Christian

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage.
He is in front of it.
- Axel Munthe

He who is only just is cruel.
Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
- Lord Byron

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
- Che Guevara

God is cruel.
Sometimes he makes you live.
- Stephen King

Children are very cruel, yes.
Of course.
Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
- Dennis Potter

If we're so cruel to minorities, why do they keep coming
here? Why aren't they sneaking across the Mexican border
to make their way to the Taliban?
- Ann Coulter

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool
or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
- John McCain

Africa is a cruel country; it takes your heart and
grinds it into powdered stone -
and no one minds.
- Elspeth Huxley

I don't come to tournaments to make friends,
to go to parties, to hold conversations.
I come to be the best, and I'm not mean and cruel and dirty.
- Venus Williams

And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will
again and again confront us with a cruel choice between
costly engagement and costly indifference.
- Lord Robertson

Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image.
This doesn't mean their parents are criminal.
It means they are boring and cruel.
- Hedy Lamarr

Idle people are often bored and bored people,
unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.
It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great
preoccupations in our time.
- Renata Adler

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-
bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
- James Russell Lowell

Only the weak are cruel.
Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
- Leo Buscaglia

Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts
humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
- Ovid

In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow
you to get some entertainment out of it.
- Daniel Waters

I think women can be as cruel as men,
and men as tender as women, and vice versa.
- Aaron Eckhart

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt...
doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel
beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

Every social injustice is not only cruel,
but it is economic waste.
- William Feather

I think I've finally proven something to people who were cynical about me.
Because they were cruel.
- Nancy Sinatra

Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents,
but grow out of the very essence of religion,
namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved,
and it makes free those who have loved it.
- George Santayana

It's very strange that the people you love are often
the people you're most cruel to.
- Kenneth Branagh

It's a cruel, heartless world out there in commercial rock 'n' roll,
and when you take as much time off as we did,
eight years, booking agents don't know if you'll draw.
- Tina Weymouth

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
- Ouida

Scotsmen are metaphisical and emotional,
they are sceptical and mystical, they are romantic and ironic,
they are cruel and tender, and full of mirth and despair.
- William Dunbar

Those who actually hate animals to the point of being
cruel to them are outcasts to the rest of us,
no matter where in the world they live.
- Nick Clooney

The true reason of Ms.
Rice's attack against Russia is very simple.
Condoleezza Rice is a very cruel, offended woman who lacks men's attention.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
- Tennessee Williams

Perhaps it should only be added that the Gorean master,
though often strict, is seldom cruel.
The girl knows, if she pleases him, her lot will be an easy one.
- John Norman

You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor.
We are cruel to each other.
- Steve Irwin

Hollywood is the backdrop of my family,
and I know that the movie business is incredibly cruel as you get older.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey
her husband has sent more women to the grave than to
the courts for a divorce.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

In order to be cruel we have to close our hearts to
the suffering of the other.
- J. M. Coetzee

What a cruel thing war is...
to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.
- Robert E. Lee

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel,
and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
- Leo Rosten

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through
his regions of enchantment without having a critic,
forever, like the old man of the sea,
upon his back.
- Marianne Moore

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel,
but I am, so that's how it comes out.
- Bill Hicks

The mad, cruel, and accursed American war.
- Lord George Gordon

There was that law of life, so cruel and so just,
that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
- Norman Mailer

It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly,
for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable,
ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery.
- Jonathan Mayhew

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
- Immanuel Kant

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
- Ouida

We are not by nature cruel.
- J. M. Coetzee

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess,
and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
- Joseph Addison

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart.
How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart.
Those escape your anger who refuse your sway,
and those are punished most, who most obey.
- Matthew Prior

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened
the fiber of a free people.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'll tell you one thing, it's a cruel,
cruel world.
- Danny DeVito

The national security state has many unfair and cruel weapons in its arsenal,
but that of junk science is one which can be fought and perhaps defeated.
- Aldrich Ames

Bond was how Fleming saw himself; the sardonic,
cruel mouth, the hard, tight skinned face.
- Terence Young

I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.
- Adolf Hitler


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