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This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people,
by 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

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

 

There is nothing like practice.
- Alan Hovhaness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

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

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

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

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

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

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

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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