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Alan Hovhaness Quotes and Sayings

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

No, no, I didn't know him.
He lost his mind around 1917 because of the tragedy of the Armenians.
- 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 think that of my 21 symphonies, each has its own place.
- 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

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

I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
- Alan Hovhaness

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It's hard for me to think of others because I'm not
particularly in sympathy with the music of this century.
- Alan Hovhaness

There is nothing like practice.
- 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 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

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

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain PHOTO

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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 PHOTO

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Every day I give thanks that I am me,
and that everything that has ever occurred in my life
happened exactly as it did -
however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sydney Harris

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

True believers just don't see things the way they are,
because if they did, they wouldn't be true believers anymore.
- Philip Caputo

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out and
play as I did when I was a kid.
- Thomas J. Watson

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children.
They did not want public office.
- Herbert Hoover

I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
- Al Green

And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day
that ever my eyes did see.
- Donald Cargill

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

Brought up to respect the conventions,
love had to end in marriage.
I'm afraid it did.
- Bette Davis

I'm still very professional about my fitness.
I stay in trim as I always did.
- Peter Shilton

What we did not imagine was a Web of people,
but a Web of documents.
- Dale Dougherty

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

I have been through various fitness regimes.
I used to run about five miles a day and I did aerobics for a while.
- Sting

The crops were planted, tended, and harvested -
now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting.
Did the year fail? I think not.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we were meant to be happy,
why did God create war, hunger, and the 11 o'clock news?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get
tired of doing the hard work you already did.
- Newt Gingrich

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

God did not intend the human family to be wafted to
heaven on flowery beds of ease.
- Frank Knox

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes,
I had one thousand and sixty.
- Imelda Marcos

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

I'm 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow down -
at least he did until he dropped dead.
- Cesar Romero

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina

Where did you park the invisible car?
- the movie Megamind (2010)

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did
not reflect positively on my father's life.
- Sidney Poitier

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

Being a father to my family and a husband is to me
much more important than what I did in the business.
- Tom Bosley

Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study
of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.
- Clyde Tombaugh


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