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John Cage Quotes and Sayings

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I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

Related topics: Wisdom

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

We are involved in a life that passes understanding
and our highest business is our daily life.
- John Cage

We need not destroy the past.
It is gone.
- John Cage

 

Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.
- John Cage

It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.
- John Cage

When we separate music from life we get art.
- John Cage

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There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.
There is always something to see, something to hear.
In fact, try as we may to make a silence,
we cannot.
- John Cage

I have nothing to say, I am saying it,
and that is poetry.
- John Cage

We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.
- John Cage

If something is boring after two minutes,
try it for four.
If still boring, then eight.
Then sixteen.
Then thirty-two.
Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.
- John Cage

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't
seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful.
And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
- John Cage

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all.
This puts one in accord with nature,
in her manner of operation.
- John Cage

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one,
better to perform one than to listen to one,
better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction,
entertainment, or acquisition of "culture."
- John Cage

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

We are all different - and we are all one.
Take time to understand, and to appreciate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

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

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If one does not understand a person,
one tends to regard him as a fool.
- Carl Jung

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.
- Albert Einstein

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

Taoists understand that both the mind and the body
are mere tools of the Spirit,
and that intention creates physical reality.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Every decision you make - every decision -
is not a decision about what to do.
It's a decision about Who You Are.
When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes.
You begin to see life in a new way.
All events, occurrences, and situations
turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Understand that the right to
choose your own path
is a sacred privilege.
Use it.
Dwell in possibility.
- Oprah Winfrey

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
- Eleanora Duse

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship
is to understand and to be understood.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

God is not what you imagine
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

Look deep into nature, and then
you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself.
I choose to be flexible in my dealings with those around me.
I understand that my way is not the only way -
that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others,
and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness
from the ideas and traditions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most difficult phase of life
is not when no one understands you,
it is when you don't understand yourself.
- Anonymous

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

We are led by lawyers who do not understand either
technology or balance sheets.
- Thomas Friedman

Local innovation and initiative can help us better
understand how to protect our environment.
- Gale Norton

If you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it well enough.
- Albert Einstein

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
- Michael Pollan

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
- Hal Borland

It ain't those parts of the Bible
that I can't understand that bother me,
it is the parts that I do understand.
- Mark Twain

When two people decide to get a divorce,
it isn't a sign that they "don't understand" one another,
but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
- Helen Rowland

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge


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