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Alan Lomax Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alan Lomax.

And the thing that I always tried to do with important
singers when I met them was to sit down and record everything they knew,
give them a first real run-through of their art.
- Alan Lomax

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand.
And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song
of commentary and satire,
a song form which, after all, has become the main musical
form of the whole human species.
- Alan Lomax

You could hear him, literally, half a mile away when he opened up.
He was at his peak then.
He was, naturally, dying to get out of the place he was in,
and he recorded for us his appeal for pardon to the governor.
- Alan Lomax

I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village.
He used to come and see me and sing songs for me,
saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
- Alan Lomax

 

He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs,
his country songs, that they were great songs.
And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found,
and he found a tremendous reaction to that.
- Alan Lomax

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

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Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

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

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Celebrate it every day.
- Anonymous

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

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

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

We may stumble, but always there is that eternal voice,
forever whispering within our ear,
that thing which causes the eternal quest,
that thing which forever sings and sings.
- Ernest Holmes

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do the thing you fear,
and death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

See God in every person, place, and thing,
and all will be well in your world.
- Louise L. Hay

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

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

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -
nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror
which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

The only thing to do is to hug one's friend tight and do one's job.
- Edith Wharton

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

Confidence is the most important thing,
more important than gold or currency.
- Wen Jiabao

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

Friendship is the only thing in the world
concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.
- Cicero

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it -
that is the quickest and surest way
ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
- Dale Carnegie

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill


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