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Lukas Foss Quote of the Day

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Truth implies meaning.
- 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

Truth is a big concept.
- Lukas Foss

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

 

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

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


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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

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

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

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

Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

Truth is not only violated by falsehood;
it may be equally outraged by silence.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The truth is a snare:
you cannot have it, without being caught.
You cannot have the truth
in such a way that you catch it,
but only in such a way that it catches you.
- Soren Kierkegaard

An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.
- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

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

Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

I am committed to truth, not consistency.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- The Buddha

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Whoever undertakes to set himself up
as a judge of Truth and Knowledge
is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr


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