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Dave Van Ronk Quotes and Sayings

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I think I have more in common with a carpenter than you might think.
We're putting things together.
- Dave Van Ronk

My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- Dave Van Ronk

If you look at music, you see theme,
variation,
you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure,
and these are related to skills in the real world.
- Dave Van Ronk

I'm a very, very stubborn man.
- Dave Van Ronk

 

If I do a piece in my living room, if I practice it -
and I have the tapes to prove this -
it's not going to be as good as doing the same piece in front of an audience.
- Dave Van Ronk

You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success,
because either one gets in the way of your work.
- Dave Van Ronk

Ian and Sylvia, who, when you got right down to it,
were essentially country and western singers.
I just recorded his Four Strong Winds.
It's a wonderful song.
- Dave Van Ronk

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I don't think I went a year or so without a record between 1959 and 1979,
sometimes two.
- Dave Van Ronk

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from
1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
- Dave Van Ronk

When you're working in front of an audience,
you have incentive to excel.
- Dave Van Ronk

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
- Dave Van Ronk

Honesty is the cruelest game of all,
because not only can you hurt someone -
and hurt them to the bone -
you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time.
- Dave Van Ronk

By the mid-70s, I wanted to get out of the business.
I was tired anyway.
- Dave Van Ronk

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz.
It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
- Dave Van Ronk

I'm an exhibitionist, I was an exhibitionist as a kid.
- Dave Van Ronk

If you asked anybody in my family, they would have
very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class.
My mother and father were separated,
so he doesn't count.
- Dave Van Ronk

In the early 1970s.
1971, '72.
The rooms were closing down, record labels weren't
signing acoustic acts any more.
Although they had been pretty much been getting out
of that for some time before that.
- Dave Van Ronk

They basically said that if I didn't show up for school they'd mark me present,
they wouldn't send the truant officer after me.
At 16 I enrolled in something called continuing education.
Once a month I'd go out to Jamaica, but I didn't take it seriously.
- Dave Van Ronk

One of my earliest memories...
I knew three full verses of the Star Spangled Banner
when I was seven or eight years old.
And one of the nuns discovered this phenomenon and
I was actually sent around from classroom to classroom to do the whole thing.
- Dave Van Ronk

If there was ever any truth to the trickle-down theory,
the only evidence of it I've ever seen was in that period of 1960 to 1965.
All of sudden they were handing out major label recording
contracts like they were coming in Cracker Jack boxes.
- Dave Van Ronk

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino PHOTO

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

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

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil


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