Quotes of Composing

“ Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. ”

- A. A. Milne

“ There can be no one best way of organizing a business. ”

- Joanne Woodward

“ We are organizing Jewry for its coming destiny. ”

- Theodor Herzl

“ If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging. ”

- Alan Bennett

“ A place for everything and everything in its place. ”

- Mrs. Beeton

“ Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up. ”

- A.A. Milne

“ The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are. ”

- Harold Ross

“ Good order is the foundation of all things. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way. ”

- Michael Vance

“ The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first. ”

- Blaise Pascal

“ I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet? ”

- Rebecca West

“ There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal. ”

- The National

“ My feeling is that when we prepare a program, the experience can be just like composing poetry or music; as Andrei Ershov has said, programming can give us both intellectual and emotional satisfaction, because it is a real achievement to master complexity and to establish a system of consistent rules. ”

- Donald Knuth

“ After my last solo album in '93, I got heavily into the film-composing thing. I didn't really have much to say… I was going through a divorce at that point, and to be quite honest, I really wasn't in the mood for making a CD then. ”

- Stanley Clarke

“ Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house. ”

- Benjamin Britten

“ When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan's Cathedral. In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms… ”

- Steven Halpern

“ There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry. ”

- Henry Miller

“ The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it — a State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes — will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished. ”

- John Stuart Mill

“ Sometimes I have a notion that what might improve the situation is to have women take over the occupations of government and trade and to give men their freedom. Let them do what they are best at. While we scrawl interoffice memos and direct national or extranational affairs, men could spend all their time inventing wheels, peering at stars, composing poems, carving statues, exploring continents — discovering, reforming, or crying out in a sacramental wilderness… ”

- Phyllis McGinley

“ If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise… ”

- Muriel Spark
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