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David Friedman Quotes and Sayings

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The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

Related topics: War

I know a lot of people who have tremendous commercial
success and they go directly for it.
There's something that has always been difficult about that for me.
- David Friedman

I've been doing my big theater projects,
which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman

I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott's albums,
so I created my own record company.
- David Friedman

 

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me.
It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
- David Friedman

Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me,
because you are really laying your heart out there.
- David Friedman

I'm not comfortable singing in front of people yet.
That's going to take another 100 performances.
- David Friedman

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I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere.
- David Friedman

I was talking to my spiritual advisor.
I got a letter from somebody who said that they were
about to kill themselves,
but they listened to a song of mine and it saved their lives.
- David Friedman

I've written several deeply personal songs this year,
which I really love.
Some of them came out of intense sadness.
This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
- David Friedman

When I got to Broadway, I conducted five Broadway shows.
- David Friedman

I write and direct the Duke University Children's Hospital Benefit every year.
- David Friedman

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck,
based on a Grace Paley short story.
I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20
different productions of it this year.
- David Friedman

I publish my own music.
I'm creating my own songbook.
It works that way for me; I'm very independent.
- David Friedman

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

My first career was as a coach and a teacher.
- David Friedman

It's an interesting line that I walk.
The AIDS crisis has done a lot for my songs and made them proliferate,
and my songs have contributed a lot to that cause as well.
- David Friedman

Corn ethanol can help in the short term,
but it has serious limitations, and none of this is
going to work if we don't dramatically improve the
efficiency of our cars and trucks.
- David Friedman

Composition is definitely what I'm born to do,
and it came last.
- David Friedman

I have been writing since I was about 20,
and at first I wrote in secret and never showed anybody.
I was very concerned about making a living,
so I conducted.
- David Friedman

It sometimes feels like I'm not doing anything.
- David Friedman

As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the
hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
- David Friedman

I think of my songs as there to be something to move people emotionally.
- David Friedman

I don't like to produce albums.
I hate producing albums, as a matter of fact,
because I'm an obsessed mixer and I can't leave it alone.
- David Friedman

I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world,
but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it.
It took me a long time to appreciate that.
- David Friedman

As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.
And I often write my songs for myself.
- David Friedman

My career keeps shifting; I keep doing the next thing and it keeps growing.
- David Friedman

I'm trying to have everything that I put into the world
be something that makes a difference in the way I want to make a difference.
- David Friedman

I've been doing a lot of studying singing,
and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all
my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
- David Friedman

I'm not totally altruistic.
I've always had great career ambitions.
But it has to come out in an organic way.
If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be,
there's this pressure.
- David Friedman

In the music industry, we value large success.
I realized that while I would like that,
that it's not what my writing is about.
And if I start making it about that,
it becomes impure.
- David Friedman

For Hunchback, we needed this live, gigantic choir.
So we went to London and said, This is Disney!
I need singers who can sing high D's,
hold them for 18 seconds, and do it 60 times!
- David Friedman

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
- Bertha Calloway (attributed) PHOTO

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.
The ability to direct individual accomplishments
toward organizational objectives.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
- Andrew Carnegie

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
- Carl Jung

Life is a constant opponent,
and an overpowering adversary if attacked directly.
The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life -
a parry here, a feint there - always engaged,
but never in the direct line of life's heaviest blows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And think not, you can direct the course of love;
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
- Khalil Gibran

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

Human subtlety will never devise an invention
more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature,
because in her inventions nothing is lacking,
and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Anger and Danger are intimately intertwined.
An angry person is a dangerous person,
whether that person crosses our path
or whether the angry person is ourself.
To complete the anger/danger cycle,
whenever we feel threatened -
when we believe we are in danger -
we tend to exhibit anger as well as fear.
We look for someone to blame for the dangerous situation,
and direct our anger toward them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion,
than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

The disparity between a restaurant's price and food
quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.
- Bryan Miller

The Homeland Security department doesn't have tasking
authority in the intelligence community.
They can ask for stuff, but they can't direct anything
except inside their bureau.
- David Hunt

Life always rides in strength to victory,
not through internationalism...
but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I wrote most of these songs right before the end.
A lot of these songs are about that.
Even if it's not direct, you can feel the beginning
of the end of the breakup in these songs.
- Gene Ween

If we had to go live action, I'd hold out for Tim Burton to direct.
- Phil Foglio

There is no sense in doing a wonderful script with
somebody who can't direct because that is a disaster.
- Robert Culp

Some people say it's scarier to direct the people you work with;
not me,
I'm a team guy.
- Mark Harmon

Any people attempting to govern themselves by laws of their own making,
and by officers of their own appointment,
are in direct rebellion against the kingdom of God.
- Orson Pratt

I took a lot of time off after Mobsters and although
I did something I had never done before,
which was to direct a play, The Laughter Epidemic,
it felt like a vacation.
- Christian Slater

I would like to direct.
- Aaron Eckhart

James Ivory comes close to the actors for the first rehearsal.
He more or less lets you direct yourself and then will
only correct you if he finds it incorrect.
- Leslie Caron

Honesty is the most single most important factor having
a direct bearing on the final success of an individual,
corporation, or product.
- Ed McMahon

When we were in the seminary we got a stipend direct
from the government and for that stipend we had an
obligation to stick to our teaching job for five years.
- Josef Albers

The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have
chosen to direct represent my convictions.
- Elia Kazan

Great ambition is the passion of a great character.
Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts.
All depends on the principles which direct them.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

In a theater, the part is mine and I can control it as I want to.
In the movies, I don't have direct contact,
and I am fighting technical machinery.
- Max von Sydow

We have a powerful potential in out youth,
and we must have the courage to change old ideas and
practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
- Jeremy Taylor

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of
self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become
the best you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

Talking about the show reminds you of things that you went through.
So it's fun.
When the show was on, I couldn't have handled it.
I didn't want that direct connection.
- Colm Meaney

A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us.
I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and
ideas that function on many levels.
- Andy Goldsworthy

When we direct our thoughts properly,
we can control our emotions.
- W. Clement Stone

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -
not people; to focus your energies on answers -
not excuses.
- William Arthur Ward

There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when
the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct
proportion with the years.
- John Phillips Marquand

The prudent person may direct a state,
but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

I'm thankful to get the opportunity to direct.
I hope I don't mess it up.
- Mark Harmon

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.
- Moliere


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