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William Bolcom Quote of the Day

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And once I know what the first page is,
then the rest will come.
- William Bolcom

I would find myself, not necessarily always assigning
these little bits of music for here or there,
but all of a sudden something would fall into place
and it would be exactly that.
- William Bolcom

There's got to be something that you can do that will
not just be a nice honor to the play,
or the book, or the movie you're dealing with,
but some aspect that maybe can explore something that the play couldn't do.
- William Bolcom

Now the big question is if you are going to go to all
the trouble of setting an opera and making all that music and so on,
there's got to be some aspect that you can do in an
opera that really makes it worth while.
- William Bolcom

 

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach PHOTO

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare


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All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

Once you label me, you negate me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker PHOTO

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing.
You don't win once in a while,
you don't do things right once in a while,
you do them right all the time.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We come this way but once.
We can either tiptoe through life
and hope we get to death without being badly bruised
or we can live a full, complete life achieving
our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
- Bob Proctor

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

You only meet your once in a lifetime friend ...
once in a lifetime.
- Little Rascals

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens,
you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

The whole world is a cyclone.
But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears.
This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.
- Osho

Where there is an observatory and a telescope,
we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
- Henry David Thoreau

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
- Gertrude Jekyll

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
- Emo Philips

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

I have a healthy body, free of the chemicals that once controlled it.
- Lorna Luft

You are only young once,
but you can stay immature indefinitely.
- Anonymous

Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I
think everything will be alright.
- Alice Thomas Ellis

He who doesn't fear death dies only once.
- Giovanni Falcone

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide
which particular representatives of the oppressing
class are to represent and repress them.
- Karl Marx

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless.
If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.
- Michael Eisner

If my father had hugged me even once,
I'd be an accountant right now.
- Ray Romano

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
- Marlene Dietrich

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for
days on nothing but food and water.
- W. C. Fields

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles,
because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering
why Daddy was kissing someone else.
- Chevy Chase

Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day.
- Peter Ueberroth

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people
couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
- Albert Einstein

The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise.
It's something I long for but the biggest problem is
bending down and putting my tennis shoes on.
Once I go out I'm OK.
- David Soul

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

When someone you love dies,
you don't lose them all at once.
You lose them in pieces over time
- the movie Simon Birch

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that,
once it is competently programmed and working smoothly,
it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov

Once you respect yourself, there is no longer
any reason to disrespect anyone else.
Once you are confident of your own worthiness,
the worthiness of others ceases to be an issue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort,
should, when young, consider that he may one day become old,
and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
- Joseph Addison

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir


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