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Lukas Foss Quotes and Sayings

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When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II,
I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from
my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
- Lukas Foss

The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon
called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions,
to explain what the creative process is not.
- Lukas Foss

I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom,
and instead study the way the influence is transformed,
in other words: how the artist made it his own.
- Lukas Foss

Most people think an artist tries to be original,
but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
- Lukas Foss

 

I still do not know where the notes will come from
when I accept a commission for a new work.
- Lukas Foss

Truth implies meaning.
- Lukas Foss

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or
invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions.
The same applies to the arts.
- Lukas Foss

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Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing,
yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
- Lukas Foss

Great music does not just make me feel good.
It means something.
It makes us understand.
It makes us happy.
- Lukas Foss

If one uses music that one does not really love,
then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
- Lukas Foss

I don't dare postulate about science,
but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect
in order for art to happen.
- Lukas Foss

Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art,
even the most original.
- Lukas Foss

The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious.
What is interesting is how he used them,
how he turned Bach into Stravinsky.
- Lukas Foss

To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative,
adventurous questions - the kind which,
in all likelihood, cannot be answered.
- Lukas Foss

It is the element I miss in electronic music -
no performance,
no loving immersion.
Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music.
- Lukas Foss

In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration
began to replace the word idea in the arts.
- Lukas Foss

There is another interesting paradox here:
by immersing ourselves in what we love,
we find ourselves.
We do not lose ourselves.
One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.
- Lukas Foss

The creative act is like writing a letter.
A letter is a project; you don't sit down to write
a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.
- Lukas Foss

To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would
indeed be to understand genius.
- Lukas Foss

To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic,
psychologically most baffling music.
He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together.
- Lukas Foss

Truth is a big concept.
- Lukas Foss

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years
that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes.
We literally do not know how he did it.
- Lukas Foss

Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
- Lukas Foss

Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure
way of missing the important,
the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
- Lukas Foss

For years that may mean imitation.
Then, one day, it is like a door opening,
and a new thought comes in.
Why not try this instead.
Suddenly he is doing something original,
almost in spite of himself.
- Lukas Foss

Most artists have experienced the creative block.
We get stuck in our work.
We beat our head against the wall: nothing.
Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time.
- Lukas Foss

Personality is essential.
It is in every work of art.
When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma,
everyone is convinced that he has personality.
I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship.
Movie stars usually have it.
A politician has to have it.
- Lukas Foss

As I sit down and start to work, I often panic.
I stare at the empty piece of music paper.
How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance
next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?
- Lukas Foss

Anybody can put things together that belong together.
to put things together that don't go together,
and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's.
Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of
silly boy whom the gods loved.
- Lukas Foss

That is why the analogy of stealing does not work.
With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole,
and from whom.
With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom,
but what he did with it.
- Lukas Foss

My students frequently ask what their next project should be.
My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and
you will find what you want to do;
you will discover your next project.
- Lukas Foss

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

I regret to this day that I never went to college.
I feel I should have been a doctor.
- Ty Cobb

I'm a fun father, but not a good father.
The hard decisions always went to my wife.
- John Lithgow

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

We went to church every Sunday.
When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
- Darius Rucker

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody
in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution
is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
- Jonathan Winters

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

I went to the doctor and he said I had acute appendicitis,
and I said compared to who?
- Jay London

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

I loved movies and went to see every movie I could in Finland.
- Renny Harlin

I'm not politically motivated.
I used to be - passionately.
I used to be very Left wing.
Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle.
- Guy Ritchie

I came here in 1974 to do a play, and then I went to L.A.
I really like living in America.
I feel more at home here than anywhere else.
- Anthony Hopkins

When I was a kid, I went from ground zero to Pluto.
The first place I played was the Houston Astrodome.
- Leif Garrett

I suppose when I was a kid, and I went to movies,
and later went to some plays on my own when I got a little older,
in New Orleans, where I was living then,
I zeroed in on the actor.
- Ray Walston

I went to national piano competitions and did that whole circuit.
Then I played professionally to support myself when I moved out to LA.
- Alicia Witt

The original Return of the Living Dead,
I was attached to direct it, and I wrote the story.
Production was delayed.
In the meantime I went to London to do Lifeforce.
- Tobe Hooper

You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.
- Virgil Thomson

From Nelson county we went to Logan county to see some relatives we had there,
and after staying until the middle of October,
I returned alone to my home in Missouri.
- Jesse James

I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel,
so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill.
- Tom T. Hall

I never went to school.
I never went to acting school because I was so scared.
- Ursula Andress

I terminated the interview when I didn't know what
he was talking about and went upstairs to lunch.
- Graham Kennedy

When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where,
God, where are you?
- Jim Bakker

I went camping for 33 days, and now everybody seems to care.
- Colleen Haskell

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali.
He was using a dotted line.
He caught every other fish.
- Steven Wright

The ninth grade.
I went from 5'9" to 6'8".
- Bubba Smith

When I went back to New York with somewhat of a name,
they didn't want movie actresses.
- Gloria Stuart


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