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Aaron Copland Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Aaron Copland.

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

 

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be,
"Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the
meaning is?" My answer to that would be,
"No."
- Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

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When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public
eye for nine years at least.
- Horace

Satire lies about literary men while they live and
eulogy lies about them when they die.
- Voltaire

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing,
Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles,
from the most primitive literary expressions up to
the most refined products of the baroque.
- Juan Goytisolo

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts,
but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any
story more effectively than words.
- William Moulton Marston

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all.
And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin

I did not have a very literary background.
I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics,
and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
- Robert Morgan

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history,
their past, their tradition, their national symbols,
their way of living, often their own literary language.
- Slobodan Milosevic

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
- Ellen Glasgow

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
- Dan Simmons

The real literary editors have mostly been fired.
Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors;
everything depends on the money.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody

I don't want to promote my own image either.
I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life.
I really don't know exactly why I didn't.
- Edward Carpenter

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very,
style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary
productions of earlier and later times.
- Philip Schaff

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about.
We could quote things, talk about books we'd read;
you can say something,
you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility
for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders,
that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends
for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices
and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
- Joseph Conrad

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius,
but his greatest danger is always that he will not
recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee
fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever

There can be no literary equivalent to truth.
- Laura Riding

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions
without systematic knowledge.
- H. G. Wells

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic,
obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours
was to be a literary partnership.
- Mary A. Ward

The first epics were intended for recitation;
the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

I spent the first twenty years of my writing career
preparing for the mystery genre,
which is my favorite literary form.
- Sue Grafton

Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually
to be a part of it is enormously flattering.
- Colin Firth

I have been told by a member of the board of one of
Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission
of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
- John Barton

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement,
a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.
- Howard Mumford Jones

I read a book a day when I was a kid.
My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
- Amy Tan

There might be a different model for a literary community that's quicker,
more real-time, and involves more spontaneity.
- George Saunders

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction.
So, I didn't have encouragement, but I didn't have discouragement,
because I don't think anybody knew what that meant.
- Amy Tan

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously.
It's literary suicide.
- Erma Bombeck


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