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Carlisle Floyd Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Carlisle Floyd.

I think anything that is expressed directly and as
honestly as possible will last.
- Carlisle Floyd

I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent,
by my father.
- Carlisle Floyd

Most of the important composers in our country are
clustered in the Northeast.
- Carlisle Floyd

If I felt that one of my operas did not come off I would certainly say so.
- Carlisle Floyd

 

It seems to me opera is just as relevant as an expressive art as anything else.
- Carlisle Floyd

Opera is given so little attention in the national press.
- Carlisle Floyd

You can't possibly predict what will last or not.
But once you attempt to write for the ages,
you're doomed.
- Carlisle Floyd

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If an American audience is given a serious musical
theater piece that is well produced,
dramatically gripping and wonderfully acted,
they'll respond to it.
- Carlisle Floyd

The story of Willie Stark fascinated me because it
was tackling the story of a man who outwardly has all
the success one could possibly want and who is destroyed by his personal demons.
- Carlisle Floyd

Our most intimate contact with civilizations long since
dust has been through the art which has survived them.
- Carlisle Floyd

If something is successful with the audience,
it's automatically suspect; the reverse is to say that
not to reach audiences is the greatest compliment an artist can receive!
- Carlisle Floyd

The artist is something of an outsider in America.
I have always felt that America does not value its artists,
certainly not in the sense that the Europeans do.
- Carlisle Floyd

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball
and I headed the school paper.
But I also developed very early a great love for music
and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd

We don't have access to a national forum that we had in those days,
through the news magazines which were the television news of the time.
It's very disturbing to me that we've sort of been pushed to the corners.
- Carlisle Floyd

I find it enormously valuable to be sure that that
the pacing is what I think it is and that the scenes
have the shape I think they have musically and dramatically.
- Carlisle Floyd

The performances of my works in the last 10 years are
probably equal to all the previous years put together.
There are so many venues now and there is a completely
new public for opera that's grown up outside of the
traditional core opera public.
- Carlisle Floyd

America tends to worship the modest talent because
it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.
- Carlisle Floyd

I was interested in what was really going on in Salem at that time,
and I resolved to investigate this seemingly unorthodox
treatment of the people and the period.
- Carlisle Floyd

Anyone who creates something new or does something
different artistically is going to be singled out.
- Carlisle Floyd

When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always
struck me as more American than when I hear them here.
I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
- Carlisle Floyd

It's necessary to track characters all the way through an opera.
If you're dealing with more than one or two characters,
it's very easy to forget that the others have lives
of their own that feed into the story.
- Carlisle Floyd

What is American music? The most satisfying answer
I've come across is that it was a kind of natural comfort
with the vernacular which is diverse and regional;
it's not one particular set of sounds.
- Carlisle Floyd

There is something inherent in our democracy that tends to want to level.
America is a little uncomfortable in the presence of
someone who is distinctly superior in whatever way.
- Carlisle Floyd

I've never set out consciously to write American music.
I don't know what that would be unless the obvious
Appalachian folk references.
- Carlisle Floyd

We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white,
which they didn't.
They loved very bright colors.
And there were other differences in perceptions that
gave one a very different view of them.
- Carlisle Floyd

It's amazing how fast generations lose sight of other generations.
One of the first things the young composers who come
to work with me say is that they want to write music people will like,
instead of gaining their credentials by being rejected by the audience.
- Carlisle Floyd

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me;
it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable.
- Carlisle Floyd

Socially I never was an outsider.
I have never thought of the conflict element before frankly,
but perhaps it was wanting to belong,
and at the same time wanting to retain one's own personality.
- Carlisle Floyd

People in very high places suddenly fall,
and we are always surprised because we don't factor
in the basic element that they're humans and,
therefore, they are flawed and have weaknesses.
- Carlisle Floyd

Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject
not for polemical reasons,
but because it contains vivid characters in highly
charged dramatic situations.
- Carlisle Floyd

There's the Bacon society, which is fostered by his fourth wife Helen Bacon,
but I don't know what kind of performances his music gets.
He wrote symphonic music and some chorale music.
- Carlisle Floyd

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

As you discover your daily good,
and believe in it, and think about it,
expect it to continue.
- Ernest Holmes


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