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I am a general.
by Vladimir Horowitz

I am a general.
My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
- Vladimir Horowitz

My face is my passport.
- Vladimir Horowitz

If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics,
I will never make one mistake.
- Vladimir Horowitz

My future is in my past and my past is my present.
I must now make the present my future.
- Vladimir Horowitz

 

Perfection itself is imperfection.
- Vladimir Horowitz

I must tell you I take terrible risks.
Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it.
If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics,
I will never make one mistake.
Never be afraid to dare.
- Vladimir Horowitz

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

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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

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and
the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

The instant formal government is abolished,
society begins to act.
A general association takes place, and common interest
produces common security.
- Thomas Paine

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family,
she has a good right to them.
- Josh Billings

Temptations come, as a general rule,
when they are sought.
- Margaret Oliphant

Decisions!
And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision,
then he is no good.
- Bernard Law Montgomery

It takes a lot of energy to work, in general,
especially if you're the lead in something.
- Faith Ford

The higher the general average of intelligence,
all things else being equal, the less the disposition to be meddlesome,
critical, and overbearing.
- Paul Harris

A general presumption that Icings will govern well,
is not a sufficient security to the People...
those who subjected themselves to the will of a man
were governed by a beast.
- Algernon Sydney

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations
in his temple before the battle is fought.
The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
- Sun Tzu

Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves,
will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
- William Hazlitt

In fact, there was general agreement that minds can
exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms
are of central importance to the existence of minds.
- Vernor Vinge

I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.
- Theodore Bikel

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity.
Its advocates should overflow with universal good will.
We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.
- William Godwin

If I can get some student interested in science,
if I can show members of the general public what's
going on up there in the space program,
then my job's been done.
- Christa McAuliffe

There are some people that the press like to pick on
and not just the gay press,
but the press in general.
And some people, the press just doesn't care about at all.
- Nathan Lane

I don't surf the net in general.
I have someone do it for me instead,
because I find it sluggish.
- Brian May

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness,
the general mind must be strengthened by education.
- Thomas Jefferson

There are three subjects on which the knowledge of
the medical profession in general is woefully weak;
they are manners,
morals, and medicine.
- Gerald F. Lieberman

I mean, the general rule is if you're not prepared to make a mistake,
you're not going to make much progress.
- Maurice Wilkins

But the general welfare must restrict and regulate
the exertions of the individuals,
as the individuals must derive a supply of their strength from social power.
- Friedrich List

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

I am a teacher, and I am proud of it.
At Cornell University I have taught primarily undergraduates,
and indeed almost every year since 1966 have taught
first-year general chemistry.
- Roald Hoffmann

It would be far to general a statement to try and describe
the daily life of an actor in Hollywood,
but I am quite certain that cappucinos have something to do with it.
- Corin Nemec

My father has a general rule.
He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen.
- Natalie Portman

In the general course of human nature,
A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton

I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true.
But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic
then we're in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction.
- David Eddings

I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I think people in general have neglected to learn about history.
- Maynard James Keenan

I couldn't do that as attorney general.
Why? Because they are my clients.
You can't say they're not doing what they ought to
be doing when you are the attorney general.
- Christine Gregoire

In general my children refuse to eat anything that
hasn't danced in television.
- Erma Bombeck

This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume
the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting.
- Fernand Leger

Doctor Who is like any long-running series in that
the cast tend to look to the star to set the general tone.
Rehearsals and filming could be a lot of fun.
- Sarah Sutton

Then, after I came home from Europe,
I found I was under condemnation; and I was condemned
at that time because I did not endorse the financial
policy of the General Conference.
- John Harvey Kellogg

No government can help the destinies of people who
insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are the party of the Czechoslovak proletariat and
our general headquarters are in Moscow.
- Klement Gottwald

True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual,
but the establishment of the reality and truth is in
general the work of more than one person.
- Willard Libby

I want to go where I can be of the most service to the general enterprise.
- Ezra Cornell

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
- Robert Burton

I believe that natural history has lost much by the
vague general treatment that is so common.
- Ernest Thompson Seton

In general, shorter is better.
If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence,
you're halfway home.
- Len Wein

We can't win at home.
We can't win on the road.
As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play.
- Pat Williams

This time at Birmingham turned me into a general biologist,
and ever since then I have always tried to take a biological
approach to any research project that I have undertaken.
- Paul Nurse

I was assigned to do a job by the attorney general,
and that was to find out whether crimes were committed.
- Kenneth Starr

Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts.
Wars end not due to peace processes,
but due to one side giving up.
- Daniel Pipes

To establish justice and to promote the general welfare,
America does not need the abortion license.
- Robert Casey

The general tendency of things throughout the world
is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
- John Stuart Mill

So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property,
that it will not authorize the least violation of it;
no,
not even for the general good of the whole community.
- William Blackstone

No, there's not much competition between puppeteers
in general because everybody's working their own style.
- Jim Henson

Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization
bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious
falling off in general business.
- John Moody

I fancy that no good ideas upon that campaign will
be mentioned at any time that did not receive their
share of consideration by General Lee.
- James Longstreet

That's an interesting question.
I would say that in general Americans know very little about the law.
It's one of those things that most of us take for granted.
- Christopher Darden

I've been going to shopping malls since I was on General Hospital.
- Richard Simmons

I'm trying to use the language of today to express
a general existential crisis that I think the world and I are going through.
- Sean Lennon

What's lucky about my career in general is that I stumbled
into what every writer most wants.
Not repeating myself and doing strange things has become my trademark.
- Jonathan Lethem

Music in general is looking for something new overall.
- Les Claypool

There are big issues, like the reform of the Security Council.
These kinds of questions are something the President
of the General Assembly must keep his eye on.
- Harri Holkeri

For many years, the government of Canada has massively
supported orchestras and the arts in general.
- Lara St.
John

There is insufficient support for the police and safety and law enforcement,
in general, in the city council.
- Steve Chabot


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