A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on composers, crisis, danger, and opportunity

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters--one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by Igor Stravinsky on assumptions, composers, knowledge, learning, mistakes, and wisdom

I have learned as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to fonts of wisdom and knowledge.

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

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A Quote by Walter Savage Landor on composers, conquest, and joy

I sometimes think that the most plaintive ditty has brought a fuller joy and of longer duration to its composer that the conquest of Persia to the Macedonian.

Walter Savage Landor (1775 - 1864)

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A Quote by Walter Kerr on cleverness, composers, people, and world

Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.

Walter Kerr

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A Quote by Virginia Delegation on army, body, circumstances, community, composers, danger, inclusion, liberty, military, peace, people, power, and time

The Virginia delegation's recommended bill of rights included the following: That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Virginia Delegation

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A Quote by unknown on age, composers, music, musicians, and students

A young music student went to a great composer and said, "sir, I want to know how to write a symphony." "what,"said the musician, "at your age?" "I am 19," replied the student, "and you wrote a symphony at that age." "true, true," mused the composer, "but I didn't have to ask how to do it!"


Source: Albert W. Daw Collection---scratch paper

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A Quote by unknown on body, composers, defense, military, and people

That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated Militia composed of the body of the people trained to arms is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free State. . . .


Source: Original Draft of the Bill of Rights, 1787

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on belief, bigotry, composers, idealism, passion, philosophy, poets, and words

"You cannot believe what you are saying." "Well, no. Hardly ever. But the philosopher is like the poet. The latter composes ideal letters for an ideal nymph, only to plumb with his words the depths of passion. The philosopher tests the coldness of his gaze, to see how far he can undermine the fortress of bigotry."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 8

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A Quote by Thucydides on absence, accuracy, composers, contentment, desires, fear, future, history, imperfection, interest, judgment, knowledge, labor, memory, past, possessions, reflection, romance, and trust

With reference to the narrative of events, far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand, I did not even trust my own impressions, but it rests partly on what I saw myself, partly on what others saw for me, the accuracy of the report being always tried by the most severe and detailed tests possible. My conclusions have cost me some labor from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eyewitnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but I shall be content if it is judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it. My history has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. I, sec. 22

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on composers, harmony, kindness, labor, soul, and work

Even in the meanest sorts of Labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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