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I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world,
by David Friedman

I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world,
but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it.
It took me a long time to appreciate that.
- David Friedman

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

I know a lot of people who have tremendous commercial
success and they go directly for it.
There's something that has always been difficult about that for me.
- David Friedman

Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me,
because you are really laying your heart out there.
- David Friedman

 

I publish my own music.
I'm creating my own songbook.
It works that way for me; I'm very independent.
- David Friedman

I'm not comfortable singing in front of people yet.
That's going to take another 100 performances.
- David Friedman

I think of my songs as there to be something to move people emotionally.
- David Friedman

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I've been doing a lot of studying singing,
and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all
my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
- David Friedman

It sometimes feels like I'm not doing anything.
- David Friedman

I was talking to my spiritual advisor.
I got a letter from somebody who said that they were
about to kill themselves,
but they listened to a song of mine and it saved their lives.
- David Friedman

I write and direct the Duke University Children's Hospital Benefit every year.
- David Friedman

My first career was as a coach and a teacher.
- David Friedman

I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott's albums,
so I created my own record company.
- David Friedman

When I got to Broadway, I conducted five Broadway shows.
- David Friedman

I'm trying to have everything that I put into the world
be something that makes a difference in the way I want to make a difference.
- David Friedman

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck,
based on a Grace Paley short story.
I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20
different productions of it this year.
- David Friedman

I've been doing my big theater projects,
which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman

My career keeps shifting; I keep doing the next thing and it keeps growing.
- David Friedman

As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the
hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
- David Friedman

I have been writing since I was about 20,
and at first I wrote in secret and never showed anybody.
I was very concerned about making a living,
so I conducted.
- David Friedman

As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.
And I often write my songs for myself.
- David Friedman

I don't like to produce albums.
I hate producing albums, as a matter of fact,
because I'm an obsessed mixer and I can't leave it alone.
- David Friedman

I've written several deeply personal songs this year,
which I really love.
Some of them came out of intense sadness.
This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
- David Friedman

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me.
It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
- David Friedman

Corn ethanol can help in the short term,
but it has serious limitations, and none of this is
going to work if we don't dramatically improve the
efficiency of our cars and trucks.
- David Friedman

Composition is definitely what I'm born to do,
and it came last.
- David Friedman

It's an interesting line that I walk.
The AIDS crisis has done a lot for my songs and made them proliferate,
and my songs have contributed a lot to that cause as well.
- David Friedman

I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere.
- David Friedman

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

For Hunchback, we needed this live, gigantic choir.
So we went to London and said, This is Disney!
I need singers who can sing high D's,
hold them for 18 seconds, and do it 60 times!
- David Friedman

In the music industry, we value large success.
I realized that while I would like that,
that it's not what my writing is about.
And if I start making it about that,
it becomes impure.
- David Friedman

I'm not totally altruistic.
I've always had great career ambitions.
But it has to come out in an organic way.
If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be,
there's this pressure.
- David Friedman

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

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.
- Marianne Williamson

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

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)


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