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Truth is a big concept. ...
by Lukas Foss

Truth is a big concept.
- Lukas Foss

I don't dare postulate about science,
but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect
in order for art to happen.
- Lukas Foss

It is the element I miss in electronic music -
no performance,
no loving immersion.
Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music.
- Lukas Foss

I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom,
and instead study the way the influence is transformed,
in other words: how the artist made it his own.
- Lukas Foss

 

There is another interesting paradox here:
by immersing ourselves in what we love,
we find ourselves.
We do not lose ourselves.
One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.
- Lukas Foss

In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration
began to replace the word idea in the arts.
- Lukas Foss

The creative act is like writing a letter.
A letter is a project; you don't sit down to write
a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.
- Lukas Foss

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I still do not know where the notes will come from
when I accept a commission for a new work.
- Lukas Foss

Great music does not just make me feel good.
It means something.
It makes us understand.
It makes us happy.
- Lukas Foss

The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon
called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions,
to explain what the creative process is not.
- Lukas Foss

The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious.
What is interesting is how he used them,
how he turned Bach into Stravinsky.
- Lukas Foss

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years
that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes.
We literally do not know how he did it.
- Lukas Foss

Truth implies meaning.
- Lukas Foss

Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing,
yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
- Lukas Foss

Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art,
even the most original.
- Lukas Foss

To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative,
adventurous questions - the kind which,
in all likelihood, cannot be answered.
- Lukas Foss

When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II,
I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from
my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
- Lukas Foss

Most people think an artist tries to be original,
but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
- Lukas Foss

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or
invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions.
The same applies to the arts.
- Lukas Foss

Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
- Lukas Foss

To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic,
psychologically most baffling music.
He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together.
- Lukas Foss

Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure
way of missing the important,
the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
- Lukas Foss

If one uses music that one does not really love,
then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
- Lukas Foss

To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would
indeed be to understand genius.
- Lukas Foss

Most artists have experienced the creative block.
We get stuck in our work.
We beat our head against the wall: nothing.
Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time.
- Lukas Foss

As I sit down and start to work, I often panic.
I stare at the empty piece of music paper.
How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance
next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?
- Lukas Foss

That is why the analogy of stealing does not work.
With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole,
and from whom.
With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom,
but what he did with it.
- Lukas Foss

My students frequently ask what their next project should be.
My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and
you will find what you want to do;
you will discover your next project.
- Lukas Foss

For years that may mean imitation.
Then, one day, it is like a door opening,
and a new thought comes in.
Why not try this instead.
Suddenly he is doing something original,
almost in spite of himself.
- Lukas Foss

Personality is essential.
It is in every work of art.
When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma,
everyone is convinced that he has personality.
I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship.
Movie stars usually have it.
A politician has to have it.
- Lukas Foss

Anybody can put things together that belong together.
to put things together that don't go together,
and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's.
Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of
silly boy whom the gods loved.
- Lukas Foss

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

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

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

The truth is a snare:
you cannot have it, without being caught.
You cannot have the truth
in such a way that you catch it,
but only in such a way that it catches you.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

If you shut the door to all errors,
truth will be shut out.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Even if you are a minority of one,
the truth is the truth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment.
It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love is not a mere sentiment.
Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth
than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
- Thomas Jefferson

You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
- Maimonides

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you have found your truth within yourself
there is nothing more in this whole existence to find.
- Osho

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
- Albert Einstein

With manners comes insincerity.
Truth is sometimes difficult.
- Bono


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