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Igor Stravinsky Quotes and Sayings

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Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

Related topics: Art

A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
- Igor Stravinsky

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit.
A duck hears also.
- Igor Stravinsky

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration,
if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
- Igor Stravinsky

 

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their
harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
- Igor Stravinsky

Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself,
and for very long, burn.
- Igor Stravinsky

What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.
- Igor Stravinsky

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Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
- Igor Stravinsky

My music is best understood by children and animals.
- Igor Stravinsky

Film music should have the same relationship to the
film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living
room has on the book I am reading.
- Igor Stravinsky

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
- Igor Stravinsky

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things,
including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
- Igor Stravinsky

I am an inventor of music.
- Igor Stravinsky

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that
people are taught to have too much respect for music
they should be taught to love it instead.
- Igor Stravinsky

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly
through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions,
not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
- Igor Stravinsky

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life,
but I have felt it.
- Igor Stravinsky

Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like,
it's always by Villa-Lobos?
- Igor Stravinsky

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

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating
to the very essence of being?
- Igor Stravinsky

In order to create there must be a dynamic force,
and what force is more potent than love?
- Igor Stravinsky

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the
variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of
human genius will never exhaust.
- Igor Stravinsky

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self.
And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only
to obtain precision of execution.
- Igor Stravinsky

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual
becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting,
any more than it has any reason for ending.
- Igor Stravinsky

The real composer thinks about his work the whole time;
he is not always conscious of this,
but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.
- Igor Stravinsky

What force is more potent than love?
- Igor Stravinsky

A plague on eminence!
I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy,
and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member
of a royal family or an animal in a zoo;
and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.
- Igor Stravinsky

I am in the present.
I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth.
I can know only what the truth is for me today.
That is what I am called upon to serve,
and I serve it in all lucidity.
- Igor Stravinsky

The Church knew what the psalmist knew:
Music praises God.
Music is well or better able to praise him than the
building of the church and all its decoration;
it is the Church's greatest ornament.
- Igor Stravinsky

I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament
and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach,
living in anonymity and composing regularly for an
established service and for God.
- Igor Stravinsky

There is no neutrality.
There is only greater or lesser
awareness of one's bias.
- Phyllis Rose

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil,
but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
- Margaret Mead

When you work on a text of a lesser quality,
as the interpreter or the delivery person,
you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so
many people do in lesser work.
- Mandy Patinkin

It's pretty sad when you have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
- Meg White

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some
part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
- Sigmund Freud

A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it.
A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment,
but soon he will watch them filing out.
- Cyril Connolly

The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil,
but between the good and the lesser good.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value,
though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
- A. R. Ammons

When you choose the lesser of two evils,
always remember that it is still an evil.
- Max Lerner

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
- Plato

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness
for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his
is soon a pile of feathers.
- Aldo Leopold

Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior.
Today is victory over yourself of yesterday;
tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
- Miyamoto Musashi

I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may
have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
- Howard Dean

Successful people recognize crisis as a time for change -
from lesser to greater,
smaller to bigger.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
- McGeorge Bundy

The older painting - well, it does have an effect all at once,
I suppose, but it's of a lesser intensity than a lot
of the American work in the last ten or fifteen years.
- Donald Judd

I don't care what consequence it brings,
I have been a fool for lesser things.
- Billy Joel

The difference of great players is at a certain point
in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it.
Lesser players play great for a set,
but then less.
- Pete Sampras

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
- Jerry Garcia

The ears of men are lesser agents of belief than their eyes.
- Herodotus

I think people of lesser talent will become stars.
- Howard Stern

We of Africa protest that, in this day and age,
we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.
- Robert Mugabe

There is no sexuality that is greater or lesser than another.
- Jasmine Guy

We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater,
but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain
and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.
- Mary Astell

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

Never open the door to a lesser evil,
for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
- Baltasar Gracian

A great many things which in times of lesser knowledge
we imagined to be superstitious or useless,
prove to-day on examination to have been of immense value to mankind.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent,
by my father.
- Carlisle Floyd

She did not admire him any more than she had.
It was merely that she considered him the Lesser of two evils.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
- George Orwell

A lesser but still fundamental rule of racing is that
you properly enter the event.
Anyone who doesn't but still insists on running interferes
with the paying customers.
- Joe Henderson

When we label anyone 'bad', we will have more trouble
dealing with him than if we could have settled for a lesser label.
- William Glasser

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists.
- H. Allen Smith

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words,
so lesser minds have a talent of talking much,
and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It's not a bad problem to have because a lot of classic
acts are known for one or two songs and in their show
they basically hold those songs off until the end and
you sit through an hour or so of lesser known material
but in our case most of the songs are well known.
- Gerry Beckley

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart,
not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals.
Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser,
but a greater thing.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Let us search into the records of Holy Writ,
if out of this their great charter, there be not a seal grant of a lesser,
though like privilege, and this by virtue of Christ,
in that we have the honour to be accounted Abraham's seed as truly as they.
- Thomas Goodwin

There is still the feeling that women's writing is
a lesser class of writing,
that what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is
not as important as what goes on in the battlefield,
that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.
- Erica Jong

But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or
lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society,
essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to
be either entirely lacking,
or at best, difficult to grasp.
- Alex Campbell

The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and
since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances,
and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree.
Sounds like real life doesn't it?
- Ronnie James Dio

One has got to choose between the two evils,
also between the lesser of the two evils in the matter of food,
and therefore vegetarian food has got to he taken by
man in order to sustain human life.
- Morarji Desai

Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians,
and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment,
have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a
significant attitudinal change towards our culture.
- Alex Campbell


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