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Positive Quotes about Brahms

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Brahms' Variations are better than mine,
but mine were written before his.
- Franz Liszt

After working with Ligeti I began to hear Brahms and Beethoven differently.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night.
Brahms lost.
- Bennett Cerf

Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely
everything that Schubert ever wrote.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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I don't believe that a lot of the things I hear on
the air today are going to be played for as long a
time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
- Oscar Peterson

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that
they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms.
But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy,
Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that.
- Kurt Masur

 

That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music.
We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn,
which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is,
and how bad you are.
- Elliott Carter

A symphony is no joke.
- Johannes Brahms

I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to
me it ought to be more restrained,
purer.
- Johannes Brahms

It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard
is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.
- Johannes Brahms

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted,
I beg his pardon.
- Johannes Brahms

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
- Johannes Brahms

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and
who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion,
jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those
who refuse to do likewise,
and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
- Johannes Brahms

Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me,
directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye,
but they are clothed in the right forms,
harmonies, and orchestration.
- Johannes Brahms

Country people do not behave as if they think life is short;
they live on the principle that it is long,
and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same.
- Edward Hoagland

What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing
but shapes and variations in the structure of space.
- Erwin Schrodinger

I have been sitting watching that ever since I came back,
the continuous variations of light and shadow.
- Laurie Lee

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring,
perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate,
simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all
things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
- Lord Chesterfield

The man of the future may, and even must,
do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor
variations not given by heredity.
- G. Stanley Hall

To me I think artists in general make a statement -
and for the rest of their lives -
every album,
every book - are variations on a theme.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

It doesn't use shading, but it does use stroke length variations.
- John Robert Gregg

Generally what I produce is new.
Of course, they are often variations on the same subject.
- Sergio Aragones

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

Geologists are rapidly becoming convinced that the
mammals spread from their central Asian point of origin
largely because of great variations in climate.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is
contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations.
The complete mystery of music is explained right there.
- Pierre Schaeffer

I worked with my coach to develop some new spiral variations
to make my program more interesting.
Each one is different and you'll have to wait until January to see them.
- Sasha Cohen

Even the once simple home mortgage now has so many
flavors and styles and variations that it is difficult
for people to make a decision.
- Scott Cook

Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the
variations in style and genre,
as long as they get that sense of story,
of character, of empathetic involvement.
- Dean Koontz

What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms,
two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart.
The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body,
what that can do.
- John Guare

Films have gotten leaner and leaner,
cutting out all variations from the story line.
- Neil Jordan

Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical.
You can go out and see that organisms do vary,
that variations are inherited, and that every organism
is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances.
- George C. Williams

In stating the principles which regulate exchangeable value and price,
we should carefully distinguish between those variations
which belong to the commodity itself,
and those which are occasioned by a variation in the
medium in which value is estimated,
or price expressed.
- David Ricardo

As a matter of fact, I've been to Italy many times before I met my husband,
which he can't even imagine that I could possibly know
anything about Italian food.
But, you know, Italian food's really basic,
and there's so many different variations on it that
what my husband did is he broke it down for me.
- Debi Mazar

Mozart often wrote to his family that certain variations
or sections of pieces were so successful that they
had to be encored immediately,
even without waiting for the entire piece to end.
- Emanuel Ax

In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms -
square,
cube, line and color - to produce logical systems.
Most of these systems were finite; that is,
they were complete using all possible variations.
This kept them simple.
- Sol LeWitt

I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty
was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory,
owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in
the period of oscillation.
- Pieter Zeeman

I've been getting a lot of science fiction scripts
which contained variations on my Star Trek character
and I've been turning them down.
I strongly feel that the next role I do,
I should not be wearing spandex.
- Marina Sirtis

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Throw your dreams into space like a kite,
and you do not know what it will bring back,
a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
- Anais Nin

It's difficult to believe that people are still starving
in this country because food isn't available.
- Ronald Reagan

If God is just, I tremble for my country.
- Thomas Jefferson

The love of one's country is a splendid thing.
But why should love stop at the border?
- Pablo Casals

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
- Elizabeth Warren

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

We are a model country where gender equality is concerned.
- Tarja Halonen

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
- Arnold H. Glasow

What this country needs is a credit card for
charging things to experience.
- Tom Wilson

In a progressive country change is constant;
change is inevitable.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
- William Hazlitt

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

Let us all take more responsibility,
not only for ourselves and our families, but
for our communities and our country.
- William J. Clinton

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God
is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
- Thomas Jefferson

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy,
but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
- George McGovern

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
- Winston Churchill

These are not dark days: these are great days -
the greatest days our country has ever lived.
- Winston Churchill

Government in the U.S.
today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
- Norman Cousins

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country
16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket.
A lot has happened since then.
- Antonio Banderas

Loyalty to country ALWAYS.
Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
- Mark Twain

In my country we go to prison first, and then become President.
- Nelson Mandela

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on
does not constitute so strong an attachment
as that from which they draw their gains.
- Thomas Jefferson

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag,
but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

This country has come to feel the same when Congress
is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
- Will Rogers


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