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Charles Ives Quotes and Sayings

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Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth.
- Charles Ives

One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music,
it was, first, because of my father,
and second,
because of my wife.
- Charles Ives

The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.
- Charles Ives

If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven,
he might better stick to the horse, and some day the
horse may carry him into heaven.
- Charles Ives

 

But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man.
Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be
transcendental language in the most extravagant sense.
- Charles Ives

You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality,
reality, and substance.
- Charles Ives

In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of
a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.
- Charles Ives

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Every great inspiration is but an experiment.
- Charles Ives

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the
author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
- Charles Ives

A rare experience of a moment at daybreak,
when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness,
cannot be explained at noon.
Yet it is part of the day's unity.
- Charles Ives

If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children,
how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?
- Charles Ives

There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art.
It comes directly out of the heart of the experience
of life and thinking about life and living life.
- Charles Ives

Expression, to a great extent, is a matter of terms,
and terms are anyone's.
The meaning of 'God' may have a billion interpretations
if there be that many souls in the world.
- Charles Ives

But, as we have before been led to remark,
most of Mr. Darwin's statements elude, by their vagueness and incompleteness,
the test of Natural History facts.
- Richard Owen

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific
Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical
generality and vagueness.
- Wilfred Owen

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
- Stendhal

Ask a man which way he is going to vote,
and he will probably tell you.
Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all.
- Bernard Levin

Human relations are built on feeling,
not on reason or knowledge.
And feeling is not an exact science;
like all spiritual qualities,
it has the vagueness of greatness about it.
- Amelia E. Barr

We cannot afford to have any large section of the business
world in doubt whether they have broken the laws or not,
and we cannot let the laws become a dead letter through vagueness.
In this view it is clear that an administrative commission
can render invaluable service.
- John Bates Clark

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

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 PHOTO

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.
- Anne Frank

The challenge before us is to savor the unknown
and delight in the taste of possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

It is darkest just before the dawn.
- Proverb

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Look twice before you leap.
- Charlotte Bronte

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
- Michael Jordan

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
- John Quincy Adams

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When angry, count to ten before you speak.
If very angry, count to one hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

We do not always see what is before our face -
sometimes we see what we hope to see,
or fear we will see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

Doubt is the vestibule which we all must pass through
before we can enter the temple of truth.
- Osho

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

Grace isn't just a little prayer
you say before receiving a meal.
It's a way to live.
- Jackie Windspear

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before the throne of the Almighty,
man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions.
For God alone reads our hearts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.
- Dick Raymond

The best time to make friends is before you need them.
- Ethel Barrymore

Service which is rendered without joy
helps neither the servant nor the served.
But all other pleasures and possessions
pale into nothingness before service
which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be our own before we can be another's.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

A friend is one before whom I can think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.
We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain's base
Before we reach its height.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Each day, I am healthier, younger,
stronger, more comfortable,
and more joyful than the day before.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

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

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck


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