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When I got to the reading all the work,
by David Antin

When I got to the reading all the work,
I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental
play that I'd already written.
And I didn't want to be an actor.
- David Antin

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit
of fundamental questions.
- David Antin

I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless
ceremony that I scarcely remember.
- David Antin

When my mother left her second husband,
she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
- David Antin

 

Stories are different every time you tell them -
they allow so many possible narratives.
- David Antin

I hardly remember how I started to write poetry.
It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
- David Antin

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

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A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly
little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
- David Antin

There is probably no oral society that fails to mark
the spatial distinction of left and right,
peculiar as this distinction may be.
- David Antin

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually
called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music,
I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
- David Antin

I was trying to find out what it was that everybody
else understood without giving up my stubborn and hard-won lack of understanding.
- David Antin

I've always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty,
because it became the statue of my personal liberty.
- David Antin

I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to
engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking.
I believe they help me by providing a focus.
- David Antin

I have spoken to expert audiences occasionally,
but then no audience is expert over the whole range
of things I want to explore.
- David Antin

My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current
form is based on the audience that comes with it.
- David Antin

I'm standing up thinking.
Anybody who wants to listen is welcome.
If not, I'm happy to see them go.
- David Antin

When you grow up in a family of languages,
you develop a kind of casual fluency,
so that languages, though differently colored,
all seem transparent to experience.
- David Antin

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

The self is an oral society in which the present is
constantly running a dialogue with the past and the
future inside of one skin.
- David Antin

I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
- David Antin

My way of thinking is very particular and concrete.
It doesn't follow a continuous path.
- David Antin

I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual,
the colloquial, the vernacular against the sacred.
- David Antin

Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's
idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real.
- David Antin

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

You pay your money, you take your choice.
I get the audience my language attracts and I lose the ones it repels.
- David Antin

I can manage a prose format as long as I keep closer
to Laurence Sterne than to Henry James.
- David Antin

The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public
debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece.
And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
- David Antin

It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth -
or a character in somebody else's novel.
- David Antin

There are editing procedures for talks just as there
are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
- David Antin

I had no idea where these kids at a small private college
in the San Fernando Valley were coming from,
why they were coming to hear me, or what they needed to know.
- David Antin

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems.
I was thinking.
And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
- David Antin

My mother turned into a professional widow.
She couldn't understand why I wanted to be an engineer;
she thought I should be a chicken farmer.
- David Antin

From this entertainment industry, may the gods of language protect us.
- David Antin

While I don't script and I don't use other performers,
I think my taste for underlying precision gives me
something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
- David Antin

Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves
over and over again before they learn to make a distinction
between singing and saying.
- David Antin

I wanted to be an inventor, whatever I thought that meant then.
I guess I was thinking of Edison or maybe James Watt.
Or maybe even Newton.
- David Antin

I reserve the right to tell shaggy dog stories or even
common jokes as part of what I'm doing.
I don't give a damn if half the audience walks out.
- David Antin

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
- Thurgood Marshall

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline
when you're a winner, when you're number one.
What you've got to have is faith and discipline
when you're not yet a winner.
- Vince Lombardi

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
- Bill Watterson

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway.
You've got to get down to your
own God in your own temple.
It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money.
Money is not enough, money can be got,
but they need your hearts to love them.
So, spread your love everywhere you go.
- Mother Teresa

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
- John Lennon

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not
for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
- Logan P. Smith

My father and I have a very good relationship.
We always got along.
But I always scold him.
- Amy Sedaris

Most people never run far enough on their first wind
to find out they've got a second.
- William James

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt

A relationship, I think, is like a shark.
You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.
And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall (1977)

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver


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