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Harrison Birtwistle Quotes and Sayings
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It's the irrational things that interest me.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I'm not a music lover in the sense that I look for something to have on.
I've never had that attitude to music.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The theatre only knows what it's doing next week,
not like the opera, where they say: What are we going
to do in five years' time? A completely different attitude.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I think there are influences that you open the door to,
and influences that come under the door.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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I'm not an architectural composer.
- Harrison Birtwistle

My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than
ideas about subject matter.
- Harrison Birtwistle

In the end it doesn't matter what you do.
- Harrison Birtwistle


 

I didn't have a record player.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I don't think there is much American music.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The thing about influence is that any composer worth
anything will give you the same names.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
- Harrison Birtwistle

My attitude to writing is like when you do wallpapering,
you remember where all the little bits are that don't meet.
And then your friends say: It's terrific!
- Harrison Birtwistle

There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point.
In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page,
it's not just a collection of notes.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before.
It's absolutely of its time.
Music moved into the set theory thing,
and moved out of it.
- Harrison Birtwistle

One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things,
very archetypal things.
- Harrison Birtwistle

When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it
be the music that I wanted.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
- Harrison Birtwistle

People say my music is English.
I don't know what it is.
Maybe it's not me writing English music,
but that English music is becoming more like me.
- Harrison Birtwistle

When I was confronted with official tuition,
the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever
between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11.
- Harrison Birtwistle

My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.
- Harrison Birtwistle

You either are or you're not.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I don't have ideas so much as there are things which constantly evolve...
there are various threads or layers,
if you like,
which change.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions
and from many different angles.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I always write the pieces I want to write.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe,
rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
- Harrison Birtwistle

This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think
that if music hadn't existed,
I could have invented it.
- Harrison Birtwistle

When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

Irrational beliefs are culturally accepted delusions.
- Robert Todd Carroll

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression
of free speech and assembly.
Men feared witches and burnt women.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost
insatiable hunger for the irrational.
- A. N. Wilson

Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts
to justify their prejudices.
- Sargent Shriver

If something is irrational, that means it won't work.
It's usually unrealistic.
- Albert Ellis

Symptoms, those you believe you recognize,
seem to you irrational because you take them in an isolated manner,
and you want to interpret them directly.
- Jacques Lacan

Nothing is perfect.
Life is messy.
Relationships are complex.
Outcomes are uncertain.
People are irrational.
- Hugh Mackay

We must not demonstrate any arrogance,
and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
- Chen Shui-bian

There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women.
Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
- Albert Ellis

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist
must be the most irrational of all.
- Emile M. Cioran

It is even possible that laws which have not their
origin in the mind may be irrational,
and we can never succeed in formulating them.
- Arthur Eddington

The rational mind of man is a shallow thing,
a shore upon a continent of the irrational,
wherein thin colonies of reason have settled amid a savage world.
- Wilford O. Cross

For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers
have assaulted Christianity as being irrational,
superstitious and absurd.
- Josh McDowell

It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
- Maurice Merleau-Ponty

It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational
grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational
attempts to justify our instincts.
- Thomas Huxley

By the way, the point between rationality and what
we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish.
There's no specific line, as you know.
- Leo Ornstein

Great art is as irrational as great music.
It is mad with its own loveliness.
- George Jean Nathan

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen
or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
- Cyril Connolly

I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.
- Jeanette Winterson

Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books:
but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool,
and that is the test of generals.
- T. E. Lawrence

It is by no means an irrational fancy that,
in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence,
as a dream.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational -
but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
- Judith Viorst

I think life's an irrational obsession.
- Sean Penn

What lingers from the parent's individual past,
unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her
or his irrational parenting.
- Virginia Satir

The irrational in the human has something about it
altogether repulsive and terrible,
as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
- George Santayana

The more irrational of us are worried about the millennium ending -
as if a date would really matter.
- Sting

The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious,
the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.
- Margaret Walker

I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary
people do unusual things,
things that seem alien to their natures.
Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart
people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?
- Philip Zimbardo

You could argue that war is always an irrational act,
and yet many states enter into military conflict out
of rational calculation or national interest or the
stability or longevity of their regime.
- William Kirby

I approach my character with the question:
What would an animal think? How would an animal respond? A lot of times,
it's quick action and no fear, and sometimes it's irrational fear.
You don't always know.
- Victoria Pratt

Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational
and excessive price fluctuations in both directions
as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most
people to speculate or gamble...
to give way to hope, fear and greed.
- Benjamin Graham

When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed,
I saw it as an irrational way of using our power,
to take a weaker thing and mutilate it.
It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
- River Phoenix

You have to think an awful lot about your motivations
or people's behavioral intentions or what their body
language can indicate or what's really going on or
what makes people sometimes do,
sometimes, the irrational things they do.
- Ron Silver

Bin Laden does reprehensible activities,
and we should surely take care of that by killing him as soon as we can.
But he's not an irrational man.
He's a very worthy enemy.
He's an enemy to worry about.
- Michael Scheuer

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness
to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs.
This is the principle behind lotteries,
dating, and religion.
- Scott Adams

The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions
in a temporary state of reservation,
the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease.
The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon,
but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
- George MacDonald

You're an actor, are you? Well, all that means is:
you are irresponsible,
irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an
adult emotion or a universal concept without first
reducing it to something personal,
material, sensational - and probably sexual!
- George Herman

You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices
for the tables of mankind,
and not rather favor an artificial control of birth,
which would be irrational, in order to diminish the
number of guests at the banquet of life.
- Pope Paul VI

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen


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