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Lukas Foss Quotes and Sayings
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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

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

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

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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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Truth implies meaning.
- 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

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

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

Truth is a big concept.
- 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

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

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

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

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

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran PHOTO

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My joy is the golden sunset
giving thanks for another day.
Gratitude itself is a source of joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

We are each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing one another.
- Lucretius

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes discipline and compassion
to awaken the divine in ourselves long enough
to recognize the divine in another.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

That which you hate to be done to you,
do not do to another.
- Ancient Egyptian Proverb

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If I choose to bless another person,
I will always end up feeling more blessed.
- Marianne Williamson

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

Your informed, "no," to a particular service
allows another to offer their
gifted and unreserved, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to do one's own duty,
however defective it may be,
than to follow the duty of another,
however well one may perform it.
He who does his duty as
his own nature reveals it, never sins.
- Lao Tzu

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes.
They are kind to one another's dreams.
- Henry David Thoreau

All progress is precarious, and the solution
of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons
to promote the good and happiness of one another.
- Eustace Budgell

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another
and I know there are people in the world
that do not love their fellow human beings
and I HATE people like that.
- Tom Lehrer

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
- Mel Brooks


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