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Carlisle Floyd Quotes and Sayings

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I've never set out consciously to write American music.
I don't know what that would be unless the obvious
Appalachian folk references.
- Carlisle Floyd

If an American audience is given a serious musical
theater piece that is well produced,
dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted,
they'll respond to it.
- Carlisle Floyd

When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always
struck me as more American than when I hear them here.
I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
- Carlisle Floyd

America tends to worship the modest talent because
it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.
- Carlisle Floyd

 

Most of the important composers in our country are
clustered in the Northeast.
- Carlisle Floyd

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me;
it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable.
- Carlisle Floyd

If I felt that one of my operas did not come off I would certainly say so.
- Carlisle Floyd

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Anyone who creates something new or does something
different artistically is going to be singled out.
- Carlisle Floyd

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd

I think anything that is expressed directly and as
honestly as possible will last.
- Carlisle Floyd

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball
and I headed the school paper.
But I also developed very early a great love for music
and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd

Our most intimate contact with civilizations long since
dust has been through the art which has survived them.
- Carlisle Floyd

I was interested in what was really going on in Salem at that time,
and I resolved to investigate this seemingly unorthodox
treatment of the people and the period.
- Carlisle Floyd

If something is successful with the audience,
it's automatically suspect; the reverse is to say that
not to reach audiences is the greatest compliment an artist can receive!
- Carlisle Floyd

The artist is something of an outsider in America.
I have always felt that America does not value its artists,
certainly not in the sense that the Europeans do.
- Carlisle Floyd

Opera is given so little attention in the national press.
- Carlisle Floyd

It seems to me opera is just as relevant as an expressive art as anything else.
- Carlisle Floyd

I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent,
by my father.
- Carlisle Floyd

You can't possibly predict what will last or not.
But once you attempt to write for the ages,
you're doomed.
- Carlisle Floyd

I find it enormously valuable to be sure that that
the pacing is what I think it is and that the scenes
have the shape I think they have musically and dramatically.
- Carlisle Floyd

Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject
not for polemical reasons,
but because it contains vivid characters in highly
charged dramatic situations.
- Carlisle Floyd

The story of Willie Stark fascinated me because it
was tackling the story of a man who outwardly has all
the success one could possibly want and who is destroyed by his personal demons.
- Carlisle Floyd

It's necessary to track characters all the way through an opera.
If you're dealing with more than one or two characters,
it's very easy to forget that the others have lives
of their own that feed into the story.
- Carlisle Floyd

People in very high places suddenly fall,
and we are always surprised because we don't factor
in the basic element that they're humans and,
therefore, they are flawed and have weaknesses.
- Carlisle Floyd

The performances of my works in the last 10 years are
probably equal to all the previous years put together.
There are so many venues now and there is a completely
new public for opera that's grown up outside of the
traditional core opera public.
- Carlisle Floyd

We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white,
which they didn't.
They loved very bright colors.
And there were other differences in perceptions that
gave one a very different view of them.
- Carlisle Floyd

We don't have access to a national forum that we had in those days,
through the news magazines which were the television news of the time.
It's very disturbing to me that we've sort of been pushed to the corners.
- Carlisle Floyd

Socially I never was an outsider.
I have never thought of the conflict element before frankly,
but perhaps it was wanting to belong,
and at the same time wanting to retain one's own personality.
- Carlisle Floyd

There's the Bacon society, which is fostered by his fourth wife Helen Bacon,
but I don't know what kind of performances his music gets.
He wrote symphonic music and some chorale music.
- Carlisle Floyd

It's amazing how fast generations lose sight of other generations.
One of the first things the young composers who come
to work with me say is that they want to write music people will like,
instead of gaining their credentials by being rejected by the audience.
- Carlisle Floyd

What is American music? The most satisfying answer
I've come across is that it was a kind of natural comfort
with the vernacular which is diverse and regional;
it's not one particular set of sounds.
- Carlisle Floyd

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

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

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

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

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

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

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed.
- Alexander Pope

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never Let Anyone Get Your Goat,
Push Your Buttons,
Get You Riled Up,
or Annoy You.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
- Vince Lombardi

Never give up on the most important goals in your life.
Never give up on your life purpose.
Never give up on your core values.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk backward.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never be stopped by fear or self-pity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford


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