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    igor stravinsky Quotes

    A cultural snob is someone who claims to be familiar with the incomprehensible.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: artist 
     
    To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    Music is...the coordination between man and time.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: time  men  music 
     
    A composer is not only an architect but also an inventor, and he should not build houses in which he cannot live.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: live 
     
    It is the transcendent (or 'abstract' or 'self-contained') nature of music that the new so called concretism-Pop Art, eighteen-hour slices-of-reality films, musique concrete-opposes. But instead of bringing art and reality closer together, the new movement merely thins out the distinction.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: nature  reality  music  film 
     
    Art postulates communion, and the artist has an imperative need to make others share the joy which he experiences himself.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: joy  experience  artist  shares 
     
    Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: live 
     
    Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: time  music 
     
    Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa Lobos?
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
    — Igor Stravinsky
    A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: time  men  music 
     
    I take no pride in my artistic talents; they are God-given and I see absolutely no reason to become puffed up over something that one has received.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: pride 
     
    Doomed to total failure in a deaf world of ignorance and indifference, he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, of whose mines he had a perfect knowledge.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    Art is the opposite of chaos. Art is organized chaos.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: chaos 
     
    I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: mistakes  wisdom 
     
    My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: god 
     
    I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: artist 
     
    Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: men  present  music 
     
    The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: true 
     
    I live neither in the past nor in the future. I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: truth  live  future  past  present  tomorrow 
     
    Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all. Music expresses itself.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: nature  music 
     
    I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: time  living  talent  service  god 
     
    There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    I am an inventor of music.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    I had another dream the other day about music critics. They were small and rodent-like with padlocked ears, as if they had stepped out of a painting by Goya.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music  dreams  painting 
     
    To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to Hell.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: hell  alone  philosophy 
     
    Old age is a time of humiliations, the most disagreeable of which, for me, is that I cannot work long at sustained high pressure with no leaks in concentration.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: time  work  age 
     
    The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: gift 
     
    The profound meaning of music's essential aim... is to produce a communion, a union of man with his fellow man with the Supreme Being
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: men  meaning  music 
     
    Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: people 
     
    All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: music 
     
    What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators....
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: real  artist 
     
    Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    Composition is selective improvisation.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.
    — Igor Stravinsky
    tags: hell  moment  childhood 
     
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