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John Philip Sousa Quotes and Sayings

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Anybody can write music of a sort.
But touching the public heart is quite another thing.
- John Philip Sousa

Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.
- John Philip Sousa

To the average mind popular music would mean compositions
vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment.
That is absolutely false.
- John Philip Sousa

Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and
that almost entirely through the beauty of music.
- John Philip Sousa

 

Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is
a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration
from a source higher than himself.
- John Philip Sousa

American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones;
they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness,
its lights and its shadows.
- John Philip Sousa

Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier
than the bow of the violinist;
in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.
- John Philip Sousa

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Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through
their feet instead of their brains.
- John Philip Sousa

My religion lies in my composition.
- John Philip Sousa

From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician.
I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else.
- John Philip Sousa

The average music-lover hears only the production under prevailing conditions.
- John Philip Sousa

No nation as young as America can be expected to become
immediately a power in the arts.
- John Philip Sousa

My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people.
- John Philip Sousa

I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress
is due to his own efforts,
and 2% to his teacher.
- John Philip Sousa

Sincere composers believe in God.
- John Philip Sousa

I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing,
and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions
than any other band leader in the country.
- John Philip Sousa

I am happy now, to recall that I was no only his son but his companion,
and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure,
I was always with him.
- John Philip Sousa

There is one thing that freezes a musician more than
the deadliest physical cold,
and that is the spiritual chill of an unresponsive audience!
- John Philip Sousa

America can well expect to develop a goodly amount
of composers for she has a goodly number of people.
- John Philip Sousa

I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four,
if I put pencil to paper, music comes.
- John Philip Sousa

I had found English audiences highly satisfactory.
They are the best listeners in the world.
Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English,
but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect.
- John Philip Sousa

The office of President is a great one;
to every true American it seems the greatest on earth.
And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background
of music for the pageantry of it,
there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man.
- John Philip Sousa

Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance,
as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production,
it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius.
- John Philip Sousa

Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to
the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition;
and how can he convey that idea successfully if he
does not enter heart and soul into the life of the
music and the tale it unfolds?
- John Philip Sousa

I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent
in America than there is in any other country.
But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land,
a lot of it.
Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time.
- John Philip Sousa

The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because,
at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting,
and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me.
I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed.
- John Philip Sousa

There is much modern music that is better adapted to
a wind combination than to a string,
although for obvious reasons originally scored for an orchestra.
If in such cases the interpretation is equal to the
composition the balance of a wind combination is more satisfying.
- John Philip Sousa

I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving
and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the
efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest
and improved that quality.
- John Philip Sousa

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

You don't need anybody to tell you
who you are or what you are.
You are what you are!
- John Lennon

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

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

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend,
but it requires a very fine nature
to sympathize with a friend's success.
- Oscar Wilde

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone
who is more deserving of your
love and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe
deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
- Mother Teresa

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I don't care what anybody says about me
as long as it isn't true.
- Truman Capote

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
- W. C. Fields

You can't trust anybody with power.
- Newt Gingrich

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
- Edgar Bergen

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Anybody who thinks money will make you happy,
hasn't got money.
- David Geffen

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
- Will Rogers

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
- Salvador Dali

The way for a young man to rise is
to improve himself in every way he can,
never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
- Abraham Lincoln

Treat your password like your toothbrush.
Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
- Clifford Stoll

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club,
don't you?
- Ben Hogan

Love is like a virus.
It can happen to anybody at any time.
- Maya Angelou

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be
left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
- Frank Moore Colby

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I auditioned on my own.
I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody's help,
not even Mom's.
- Kate Hudson

I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was.
I was called 'slow'.
It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' -
it's horrible.
- Robert Benton

I don't know if anybody can second-guess what they will do on Capitol Hill.
- Montel Williams

What if you could be anything, or anybody,
you chose to be? Think about it.
What would you choose to be?
- Nido Qubein

I think for anybody, any family, and I know there are
families out there that are going through this even now,
that it is the hardest thing in the world.
Nobody is ever prepared for it.
- Robin Gibb

Anybody depending on somebody else's gods is depending
on a fox not to eat chickens.
- Zora Neale Hurston

I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor.
The question is not morality, the question is money.
That's what we're upset about.
- Toni Morrison

I'm not here to battle anybody.
In the end it's just an instrument.
That shouldn't be a concept.
- Eric San

I've never felt any sense of competition with anybody,
and we're all friends; we're all good friends.
- Jim Henson

Right now I'm not involved with anybody,
but I hope by 75 I will be again.
- Stevie Nicks

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy,
overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody
who owns hideous clothing.
- Dave Barry


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