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John Zorn Quotes and Sayings

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Eye was a great discovery.
He is one of the great vocalists of all time.
- John Zorn

I'm getting ready to write a piece now,
and it's been six months thinking about it,
changing the instrumentation, changing the name,
doing more reading.
- John Zorn

That's where I began to ask questions that maybe don't
have one specific answer.
And the more people you get answers from,
the richer the environment becomes.
- John Zorn

It's a blast to watch.
It's a lot more interesting live than it is on record.
I mean, it really is a theatrical event.
It's a sporting event!
Cause you never know what's gonna happen.
- John Zorn

 

And I try to be as diplomatic as I can,
but it always ends up being a psychodrama up there on stage.
- John Zorn

The idealists will always be in society,
and we will survive.
- John Zorn

As soon as you get a certain amount of attention,
then everybody kinda wants to start taking pot shots at you.
All your old friends that supported you don't support you any more.
- John Zorn

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When I'm writing, sometimes it gets to that place where
I feel like the piece is writing itself and I'm trying not to get in the way.
- John Zorn

Great musicians accept everything that they hear and find something good.
They take what they like and they throw away what they don't like.
- John Zorn

One of the reasons I started Tzadik,
which is my own label,
is to keep things in print.
I got tired of labels dropping things out of print when they don't sell.
- John Zorn

You can't be idealistic in this world and not be crazy.
- John Zorn

I see myself and many artists like me as the torchbearers through these dark ages.
- John Zorn

I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can,
in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach
put their influences together.
- John Zorn

It's a matter of keeping people on a spontaneous edge.
- John Zorn

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor,
but I do not use irony in any way.
- John Zorn

I have about two or three people, we don't have an office,
we don't even have a dedicated phone line.
We do it out of our own homes, and we make it work.
- John Zorn

Like you have seven people with their hands up.
I gotta make a choice.
Y'know, that's tough.
Sometimes I gotta go with someone that has an idea
and make several calls in a row,
because they got an idea.
- John Zorn

For about seven years.
I really like it there.
There are a lot of great musicians.
The scene is very open.
A lot of stuff going on.
People's ears are really open, they are not closed.
A lot of scenes here, people just get tunnel vision and are into one thing.
- John Zorn

I run around, I listen to a lot of music,
go to a lot of concerts.
And when I see someone that gases me,
I try to go out of my way to involve them somehow in
what I'm doing or get involved in what they're doing.
- John Zorn

Well, in Japan, I have got a group of musicians that
I have worked with a lot,
that concentrate just on the hardcore stuff,
say, that Naked City has been working on.
We have like a repertoire of sixty songs now.
- John Zorn

That was my challenge as a composer.
Like with anything, to keep yourself interested in doing what you do,
you set yourself challenges.
So I said, Okay, I'll try to write a hundred tunes in a year.
- John Zorn

It breaks even.
We lose ten, twenty grand every year.
But then the people who are working say,
Look, I'll kick this back in, I don't need to take this profit share.
It's very cooperative.
- John Zorn

You know, when we were kids, we had to go to a theater to see a movie.
And then television came in and you had to wait until
midnight to see the one you wanted to see.
Now, all you've got to do is go to a store and buy
it and you can watch it whenever you want!
- John Zorn

That is a lot of the reason I do what I do,
to really spread the word and spread information and
turn people onto different things they may not be,
y'know, aware of.
That is what Naked City is certainly about.
- John Zorn

I don't control it at all.
It's all up to the musicians in the group.
They control it.
They make all the cues, and they tell me what they want,
and then I act like a mirroring device so that everyone
can see what the cues are.
- John Zorn

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- Anonymous PHOTO

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden PHOTO

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.
- Bill Cosby

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the eye.
- Helen Keller

There is beauty and serenity in the eye of the storm.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Eye-of-the-Storm.
Surrounded by the winds and the rain,
yet peaceful in its own unworldly way -
an unnatural ruddy-cloudy misty-bright kind of way.
Whatever comes next, the eye of the storm is
a moment of serenity among the challenge -
a time for repose and contemplation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self,
and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
- The Buddha

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
- Whoopi Goldberg

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

My life is the eye of the hurricane -
an island of calm in a sea of uncertainty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf,
and take an insect view of its plain.
- Henry David Thoreau

Rather than worrying about the continuous stream of potential threats,
let us give thanks for our blessing of living in the eye-of-the-storm -
our protected refuge from the terrors
of fearsome dangers just outside our lives.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

He early on let her know who is the boss.
He looked her right in the eye and clearly said, "You're the boss."
- Anonymous humor

Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing
to the eye and even more flavorful than before.
- Marilyn vos Savant

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

I left the "eye for an eye" God
when I walked out of Bible school,
but God Within is a daily part of my personal experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when
two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife,
confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
- Homer

(Jesus on Anger and Revenge)
You have heard that it was said,
"Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth."
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
- Matthew 5:38-39

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and
unchangeable color to every object;
beware of this stumbling block.
- Paul Gauguin

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams
than the imagination when awake?
- Leonardo da Vinci

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony,
and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
- William Wordsworth

With eye upraised his master's looks to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man;
The rich man's guardian,
and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end.
- George Crabbe

Music is your own talent and is an important tool.
Even if you don't want to be a role model,
get ready to be in the public eye.
Energy is there, you just have to use it.
- Sean Paul

It's an ear job, not an eye job.
- Donald T. Regan


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