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Alex North Quotes

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I prefer to write music for family films.
I like people.
- Alex North

There are scores you have to write objectively without getting involved.
- Alex North

Today it's not culture; it's box office.
- Alex North

My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan.
- Alex North

 

There are so few directors who are musical who appreciate music.
- Alex North

Being an old radical, I like films like Spartacus.
I could relate to the hero.
- Alex North

When I decided to go to a country that subsidized music,
I went to the Soviet Union for two years.
- Alex North

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The United States and Turkey are the only two countries
that don't have some kind of subsidy for the Arts.
The whole culture in society has made certain films more acceptable.
I turned down so many films in the '60s and '70s.
- Alex North

Fear is a problem with film music and films;
people want to be conventional,
and there's more commercialism today.
If you are not daring in your art, you're bankrupt.
- Alex North

Composers today get a TV script on Friday and have to record on Tuesday.
It's just dreadful to impose on gifted talent and expect
decent music under these conditions.
- Alex North

I like what I hear as a resulting combination of these two strands...
something of a combination of familiarity and,
for lack of a better word, strangeness.
- Alex North

Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

What is admirable about those
who have been of great service to humanity
is not that they suffered in being of service,
but that they found their source of happiness
(joy if you prefer) in that service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Which form of proverb do you prefer
Better late than never, or Better never than late?
- Lewis Carroll

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be clear that expectations are demands.
Demanding that life turn out the way we prefer
is a sure path to disappointment and suffering.
Happiness lies in having no expectations,
and accepting life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As I get older, I just prefer to knit.
- Tracey Ullman

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

A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people,
and many cats prefer people to other cats.
- Mason Cooley

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
- Stanislaw Lem

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

Were it left to me to decide whether we should
have a government without newspapers,
or newspapers without a government,
I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
- Thomas Jefferson

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination
to world war in the age of mass extermination.
- John F. Kennedy

I prefer the company of peasants because they have
not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
- Michel de Montaigne

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss;
volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
- George Santayana

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

No man can understand why a woman shouldn't prefer
a good reputation to a good time.
- Helen Rowland

I may be known as the girl who was sunbathing topless
with a Prince but Jordan is known as that thick girl
who always falls out of clubs drunk.
I know which one I prefer.
- Jenny Frost

We don't often look into these unpleasant details of our great struggle.
We all prefer to think that every man who wore the
blue or gray was a Philip Sidney at heart.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I like ties but I prefer not to wear one when I'm nervous.
- Jamie Oliver

I prefer peace.
But if trouble must come, let it come in my time,
so that my children can live in peace.
- Thomas Payne

I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
- Carter Burwell

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.
- Andrew Wyeth

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one
more clever who is evil too.
- Euripides

No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere,
will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.
- Marquis de Sade

I used to think then that I was Bohemian,
but I know now that I am not.
I prefer order and precision to untidiness and looseness.
- Conrad Veidt

It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction
of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.
- David Hume

I am very adamant about keeping my private life private.
I don't prefer to talk about my family.
- Luis Miguel

I prefer fact to fiction.
- Richard Attenborough

I prefer to leave the paintings to speak for themselves.
- Barnett Newman

Me, I'd prefer to have a good reputation rather than
getting press for being scandalous,
getting drunk in public, staying out late and so on.
- Sophia Bush

I prefer Princess.
I would love to be known as a diva later on in life
when I've had far more experiences.
- Deborah Cox

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves
to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery
of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I don't know what impression you might have of the way I live.
I live in a quiet place.
I do not live as a hermit, though other people would prefer it if I did.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

Golf seems to be an arduous way to go for a walk.
I prefer to take the dog's out.
- Princess Anne

I prefer the things around town.
I'm not one for going out of town too much.
- Julie London

I have often been asked why I am so fond of playing male parts.
As a matter of fact, it is not male parts,
but male brains that I prefer.
- Sarah Bernhardt

I prefer a kiss that is so much more than just a tongue in your mouth.
- Katherine Heigl

I prefer film and that's what I think I'm gonna put my focus on.
- Sasha Alexander

I still prefer the bebop of the '40s.
The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me.
I have come full circle.
- Carla Bley

They pay little attention to what we say and prefer to read tea leaves.
- Nikita Khrushchev

An industrious sinner I much prefer to a lazy saint.
- Sophie Kerr

Whatever it is that the government does,
sensible Americans would prefer that the government
does it to somebody else.
This is the idea behind foreign policy.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I prefer the country life.
I live in Kingston, but there is lots of trees.
- Ziggy Marley

To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power:
the power of art over trash,
the triumph of magic over the brute.
- Vladimir Nabokov

There's more depth to Lionel.
What I am finding so interesting about playing him
is there's all these different layers.
I prefer playing Lionel because he's a human being.
- John Glover

We prefer that the leaders of the Iraqi armed forces do the honorable thing;
stop fighting for a regime that does not deserve your loyalty.
- Peter Pace

I prefer theatre but TV keeps you well known.
- Richard Briers

I had to accept that I was an alcoholic,
that was the main thing.
I think you've got to.
But I try not say that I'm an alcoholic.
I prefer to say that it's a disease I've got.
- Paul Gascoigne

We tend to prefer candidates that don't talk about
us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
- Sarah Palin

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature;
and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils,
no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
- Plato

I'm just as sick as the others, although I prefer to
do my sickness in private.
- Mick Mars

I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.
- Alexandre Dumas

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia.
- Antonio Tabucchi

If I were offered a cochlear implant today,
I would prefer not to have one.
But that's not a statement about hearing aids or cochlear implants.
It's about who you are.
- Marlee Matlin

Rather than go to the gym, I would prefer to do martial
arts because the time goes by quicker.
- Milla Jovovich


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