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When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II,
by 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

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

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

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

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

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Truth is a big concept.
- 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

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

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

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

Truth implies meaning.
- Lukas Foss

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

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

Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody
in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution
is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

I regret to this day that I never went to college.
I feel I should have been a doctor.
- Ty Cobb

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

We went to church every Sunday.
When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
- Darius Rucker

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

I'm a fun father, but not a good father.
The hard decisions always went to my wife.
- John Lithgow

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
- Jonathan Winters

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

I went to the doctor and he said I had acute appendicitis,
and I said compared to who?
- Jay London

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

Rosemary was a little nervous about going onstage,
but she went on with us.
I saw her at a party, and a couple of months later
they called me about doing the act.
- Margaret Whiting

I didn't really start writing music or lyrics or turning
them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
- Jello Biafra

Things improved a little bit in the '80s;
there was kind of a revival of alternative comics,
but then they went downhill in the '90s.
- Harvey Pekar

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.
- Cy Coleman

The first time I went to New York, I met Alan Freed.
- Johnny Rivers

I received my parents' permission and went into the Navy on June 3,
1941.
- Jack Adams

Even though I grew up as a Sephardic Jew in Brooklyn
where we ate Syrian food and went to temple,
it was still America.
- Isaac Mizrahi

I went window shopping today!
I bought four windows.
- Tommy Cooper

I went pretty much for one tone, and I knew at that
time that I wanted to play a Rickenbacker.
- John Fogerty

When oil and gas prices went up dramatically and filled up the state treasury,
I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged -
directly to the people of Alaska.
- Sarah Palin

Jimi was always at The Scene when he was in New York
and we played many times together.
He was just everywhere - he went out and jammed everywhere he was.
- Johnny Winter

Every time I went out there I performed the best that
I could and it was time to step back and clear my mind.
- Jimmy Connors

I was born in Everett; I went through grade school in Everett,
high school in Seattle.
- Dorothy Malone

I have a bit of a traveling addiction,
and, ah, yeah.
I went to, ah, Bali this summer.
- Fisher Stevens

I thought Godzilla was a mess, the monster had no character
and the humans didn't either.
They forgot to make the movie that went along with
all these wonderful effects.
- George A. Romero

I was born in London, and went to school in Scotland -
I used to be dead tired when I got home at night.
- Norman Wisdom

We had a week off in the middle of shooting,
but as soon as everyone stopped, we all went down with
six different types of flu and other unmentionable diseases.
- Johnny Vegas


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