Ned Rorem Quotes

Top 33 wise famous quotes and sayings by Ned Rorem

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Ned Rorem quotes: Divine fires do not blaze each day, but an artist functions in their afterglow hoping for their recurrence. Divine fires do not blaze each day, but an artist functions in their afterglow hoping for their recurrence.
Ned Rorem quotes: Music is the sole art which evokes nostalgia for the future. Music is the sole art which evokes nostalgia for the future.
Ned Rorem quotes: Anyone can be gay - it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me. Anyone can be gay - it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me.
Ned Rorem quotes: Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this. Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this.
Ned Rorem quotes: Why, after all, must everyone like music? That they are missing something is just the lover's opinion. Why, after all, must everyone like music? That they are missing something is just the lover's opinion.
Ned Rorem quotes: In music the present is extended. In music the present is extended.
Ned Rorem quotes: Art means to dare - and to have been right. Art means to dare - and to have been right.
Ned Rorem quotes: Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin. Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin.
Ned Rorem quotes: If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist. If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.
Ned Rorem quotes: The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own. The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own.
Ned Rorem quotes: It's not evil that's ruining the earth, but mediocrity. The crime is not that Nero played while Rome burned, but that he played badly. It's not evil that's ruining the earth, but mediocrity. The crime is not that Nero played while Rome burned, but that he played badly.
Ned Rorem quotes: Nothing is a waste that makes a memory. Nothing is a waste that makes a memory.
Ned Rorem quotes: Sooner or later you've heard all your best friends have to say. Then comes the tolerance of real love. Sooner or later you've heard all your best friends have to say. Then comes the tolerance of real love.
Ned Rorem quotes: Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist. Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist.
Ned Rorem quotes: Greatness is not the effect of which inspiration is the cause. We are all inspired, but we are all not great. Greatness is not the effect of which inspiration is the cause. We are all inspired, but we are all not great.
Ned Rorem quotes: So far as musical pedagogy is concerned - And by extension of musical creation - Nadia Boulanger is the most influential person who ever lived So far as musical pedagogy is concerned -
And by extension of musical creation -
Nadia Boulanger is the most influential person who ever lived
Ned Rorem quotes: Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes. Frigidaires are perfect. Beauty limps. My frigidaire has had to be replaced. Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes. Frigidaires are perfect. Beauty limps. My frigidaire has had to be replaced.
Ned Rorem quotes: The same piece of music alters at each hearing. But oh, the need to repeat and repeat and repeat unchanged the sexual experience. The same piece of music alters at each hearing. But oh, the need to repeat and repeat and repeat unchanged the sexual experience.
Ned Rorem quotes: If a composer could state in words what being a composer means, he would no longer need to be a composer. If a composer could state in words what being a composer means, he would no longer need to be a composer.
Ned Rorem quotes: Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced.
Ned Rorem quotes: There are no fascinating people, only their works are fascinating. There are no fascinating people, only their works are fascinating.
Ned Rorem quotes: The hardest of all the arts to speak of is music, because music has no meaning to speak of. The hardest of all the arts to speak of is music, because music has no meaning to speak of.
Ned Rorem quotes: Bel canto is to opera what pole-vaulting is to ballet. Bel canto is to opera what pole-vaulting is to ballet.
Ned Rorem quotes: Love is a mystery which, when solved, evaporates. The same holds for music. Love is a mystery which, when solved, evaporates. The same holds for music.
Ned Rorem quotes: To see itself through, music must have idea or magic ... Music with neither dies young though rich. To see itself through, music must have idea or magic ... Music with neither dies young though rich.
Ned Rorem quotes: Art's the biggest vanity: the assumption that one's view of peace or fright or beauty is permanently communicable. Art's the biggest vanity: the assumption that one's view of peace or fright or beauty is permanently communicable.