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Elliott Carter Quotes and Sayings

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It was only later on that I became more interested in older music.
- Elliott Carter

In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even
though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
- Elliott Carter

These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music.
They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people.
- Elliott Carter

Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays
has had a big concert in London and often in Paris.
- Elliott Carter

 

The Quartets have been a major part of my work.
- Elliott Carter

Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it's a very challenging problem.
- Elliott Carter

Talking about a materialistic thing,
I get about 13 times more royalties from Europe than I do from America.
- Elliott Carter

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An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments.
- Elliott Carter

Since I'm allergic to various things,
the army wouldn't accept me during the war,
and I got into the Office of War Information,
which sent music to Europe.
- Elliott Carter

Yes, I get a report from BMI about the frequency of performances,
and it is very surprising.
They played one of my most advanced pieces,
and one of my most unusual ones on the radio.
- Elliott Carter

Silences between movements are employed only in order
to bring the opposing duo to the fore.
- Elliott Carter

When I was in Paris, all of the German refugees began
to flow in and it was a very sad time.
- Elliott Carter

My entire life has really revolved around music that
was written about the time that I was born,
1908, to just before the First World War and shortly after it.
This music I've always known, and it is that music
that's most important to me.
- Elliott Carter

I've known those pieces ever since I was about 16 or 17;
I also at that time was taken to meet Charles Ives
whom I got to know fairly well.
He was the one who wrote a recommendation for me to get into college.
- Elliott Carter

Then, when the Depression came, all of this changed completely.
Since that time, the entire public is of a very different
sort and there was not so much support for contemporary music in a direct way.
- Elliott Carter

That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music.
We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn,
which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is,
and how bad you are.
- Elliott Carter

Well when I was young, when I was very young,
when I was a little boy I don't remember the music I heard,
but there was an article in the Brooklyn Daily written
by my Aunt about how I could choose phonograph records.
- Elliott Carter

Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point
of view about what music should be which was that,
he felt that new music should have the composer should
show a personality in his music.
- Elliott Carter

I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they
do here because the state supported organizations have
felt that playing contemporary music was part of the education of the public.
- Elliott Carter

Well I tried to, but I could never write anything that
I liked or was worthwhile.
I threw it all out and realized that I had to make a serious study-
that my tastes were far more advanced than my abilities.
- Elliott Carter

Right at the end of the war I wrote a piano sonata,
which was written at a time when Sam Barber used to
come down here and we used to have lunch together in
a very nice old hotel that's now not there.
- Elliott Carter

The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs -
Two different pairs -
Violin and viola,
and violin and cello.
They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.
- Elliott Carter

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche PHOTO

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

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

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen PHOTO

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

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 the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

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

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
- William John Bennett

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

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

There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
- Roberto Assagioli

There is no "right", there is no "wrong" -
there are only points of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
- Vince Lombardi

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

There is no security on this Earth,
there is only opportunity.
- Douglas MacArthur

Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
- Soren Kierkegaard

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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