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Aaron Copland Quotes and Sayings

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If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland

 

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be,
"Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the
meaning is?" My answer to that would be,
"No."
- Aaron Copland

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When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours
was to be a literary partnership.
- Mary A. Ward

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

I use the language I use to my friends.
They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language.
I want them to believe me.
- Adrian Mitchell

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all.
And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a
kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and
really understand little,
if anything, about him, his life or his books.
- Simon Callow

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading
out across the full range of formal interactions -
or what is called the "text" in literary terms.
- Tony Conrad

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee
fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency,
I am also an ebook publisher.
- Richard Curtis

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually
to be a part of it is enormously flattering.
- Colin Firth

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts,
but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any
story more effectively than words.
- William Moulton Marston

They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress.
- Stefan Kanfer

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

I read a book a day when I was a kid.
My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
- Amy Tan

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities
of escape are getting fewer.
We have jobs, children, partners, debts.
This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
- Mark Haddon

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
- Ellen Glasgow

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life.
I really don't know exactly why I didn't.
- Edward Carpenter

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic,
obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions
without systematic knowledge.
- H. G. Wells

I did not have a very literary background.
I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics,
and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
- Robert Morgan

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles,
from the most primitive literary expressions up to
the most refined products of the baroque.
- Juan Goytisolo

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion
is made up of the opinion of all the others.
Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
- Marcel Proust

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

The first epics were intended for recitation;
the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
- Dan Simmons

I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's
office for a consultation with my parents.
But that was the beginning of my literary career.
- William Joyce

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't
had great literary influences in my life.
- Manuel Puig

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history,
their past, their tradition, their national symbols,
their way of living, often their own literary language.
- Slobodan Milosevic

I don't want to promote my own image either.
I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I have been told by a member of the board of one of
Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission
of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
- John Barton

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously.
It's literary suicide.
- Erma Bombeck

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody

They say the test of literary power is whether a man
can write an inscription.
I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

There might be a different model for a literary community that's quicker,
more real-time, and involves more spontaneity.
- George Saunders

Certainly the most diverse, if minor,
pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.
- Arthur Miller

Satire lies about literary men while they live and
eulogy lies about them when they die.
- Voltaire

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 more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe


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