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George Szell Quotes and Sayings

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Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra -
not choreography to the audience.
- George Szell

In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain.
- George Szell

The great leaders are like the best conductors -
they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
- Blaine Lee

You hear the same work by different orchestras,
different conductors, violinists, pianists,
singers, and slowly, the work reveals itself and begins to live deeper in you.
- David Ogden Stiers

 

Do you know why conductors live so long? Because we perspire so much.
- John Barbirolli

Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music.
'Classic' music eliminates the conductor;
we do not remember him in it.
- Igor Stravinsky

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years,
and I can say what most conductors can't say;
I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
- Harriet Tubman

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Young conductors who are confident enough,
they very often have success.
- Kurt Masur

I have a big problem with conductors who gesture a lot.
- James Levine

Composers are not all good conductors.
- Anton Seidl

I was different from most young conductors today.
- Kurt Masur

Conductors don't suffer, they are part of the performance.
- Michael Tippett

Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.
- Leonard Bernstein

The great actors are the luminous ones.
They are the great conductors of the stage.
- Ethel Barrymore

Conductors are performers.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

The very first time I was on a car in Atlanta,
I saw the conductor - all conductors are white -
ask a Negro woman to get up and take a seat farther
back in order to make a place for a white man.
I have also seen white men requested to leave the Negro section of the car.
- Ray Stannard Baker

They gave me four weeks, and I asked if the first week
could be just music with the two main conductors.
So, the conductors came over to my home,
and we worked in the music room, and I learned my two little songs.
- Rue McClanahan

A good example of how it must have been is today's world of conducting,
which is still utterly dominated by men,
and the prejudice the few female conductors have to
battle even today is astounding.
- Lara St.
John

Perhaps, once I am gone, the one thing I might be remembered
for is having sung a great deal of Mahler with a great
many phenomenal conductors.
It is wonderful music, very spiritual.
- Maureen Forrester

On the other hand, when I give it closer thought,
I realize I'm not enough of a dictator to conduct an
orchestra because it requires a pretty awful person.
When you read these biographies of famous conductors,
they are all awful people who fail in their private relationships.
- Eberhard Weber

The composers could no longer direct all performances in person,
and so the responsibility of interpreting their works
in the spirit in which they had been conceived was placed upon conductors.
- Anton Seidl

Conducting, I tried it once off the cuff,
and quickly realized there were subtle aspects that I was missing.
There is a lot more to it that I was able to grasp
simply by watching conductors.
- Carter Burwell

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

To the philosopher,
death is but the next great adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Forgiving is not a gift to someone else.
Forgiving is your gift to yourself -
a great gift - the gift of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

You will become as small as your controlling desire;
as great as your dominant aspiration.
- James Allen

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

From small beginnings come great things.
- Anonymous

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Because of a great love, one is courageous.
- Lao Tzu

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Great oaks from little acorns grow.
- Proverb

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin


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