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Brahms Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Brahms

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Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely
everything that Schubert ever wrote.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night.
Brahms lost.
- Bennett Cerf

After working with Ligeti I began to hear Brahms and Beethoven differently.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I don't believe that a lot of the things I hear on
the air today are going to be played for as long a
time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
- Oscar Peterson

 

Brahms' Variations are better than mine,
but mine were written before his.
- Franz Liszt

It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard
is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.
- Johannes Brahms

If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that
they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms.
But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy,
Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that.
- Kurt Masur

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I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to
me it ought to be more restrained,
purer.
- Johannes Brahms

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music.
We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn,
which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is,
and how bad you are.
- Elliott Carter

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
- Johannes Brahms

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted,
I beg his pardon.
- Johannes Brahms

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

A symphony is no joke.
- Johannes Brahms

Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me,
directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye,
but they are clothed in the right forms,
harmonies, and orchestration.
- Johannes Brahms

Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and
who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion,
jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those
who refuse to do likewise,
and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
- Johannes Brahms

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul,
is too good to be believed.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

Sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

My mother was the influence in my life.
She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate
triumph of justice and hard work.
She believed passionately in education.
- John H. Johnson

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley

I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their
money than the government ever could.
- Kay Bailey Hutchison

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The nineteenth century believed in science but the
twentieth century does not.
- Gertrude Stein

I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune,
and nothing upon ourselves.
- Lord Byron

Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
- Elbert Hubbard

My father wanted me to be a pharmacist like himself.
He had been a doctor, but he no longer believed in medicine;
so he became a pharmacist,
but he believed in that hardly more.
- Claude Chabrol

So we believed that strategic alliances and partnerships were critical,
and we did that for five years.
- Steve Case

I always believed that whatever had to be written would
somehow get itself written.
- Seamus Heaney

I have always believed, and I still believe,
that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way
we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
- Hermann Hesse

I felt uneasy, but sometimes, like I said before,
I believed in Col.
North and there was a very solid and very valid reason
that he must have been doing this.
- Fawn Hall

I always believed that women have rights and that there
are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights.
There are some others that are stupid enough not to.
- Shakira

I've never believed that pop music is escapist trash.
There's always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music.
- Thom Yorke

I've never believed in cheapening music by going according
to what some people think is public taste.
- Les Baxter

It is, I guess, politically correct,
widely believed,
that to say that American health care is the best in the world.
It's not.
- Donald Berwick

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

At that time I had complete confidence in Russian policy
and I believed that the Western Allies deliberately
allowed Russia and Germany to fight each other to the death.
- Klaus Fuchs

I don't think he believed most of the things he said himself.
- Howard Cannon

It is the things for which there is no evidence
that are believed with passion.
- Bertrand Russell

I always believed in the music we did and that's why it was uncompromising.
- Jimmy Page

You know, my family stood for something that they believed in,
and I wasn't about to turn my back on them.
- Rafael Palmeiro

I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together,
join hands and celebrate all the arts.
- Franco Zeffirelli

Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values,
we believed, than in a flight underground.
We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.
- John Charles Polanyi

The medieval Church believed that the resurrection
of Christ marked a new time for all of humanity.
- Timothy Radcliffe

I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense,
personally and bottom line.
- Mario Puzo

We have believed at CA that consolidation of this industry
is something that was required ten years ago.
- Sanjay Kumar

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was
the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.
- Zell Miller

Learning is always rebellion...
Every bit of new truth discovered is revolutionary
to what was believed before.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

The powerful men in my life have always believed in me:
my husband,
my son.
- Judy Collins

I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause,
then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty,
to go through with that particular course of action.
- Wole Soyinka

I can remember when nobody believed an actor and didn't care what he believed.
- Lionel Barrymore

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges,
and I believed in myself.
- Muhammad Ali

You have to keep running.
I always believed I was going to be safe.
- Rickey Henderson

I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty
in causing my rights to be respected.
- Eli Whitney

If women believed in their husbands they would be a
good deal happier and also a good deal more foolish.
- H. L. Mencken

I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress
is due to his own efforts,
and 2% to his teacher.
- John Philip Sousa

I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance.
I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers,
and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
- Charles Barkley

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
- Aesop

Starting that union was something I believed in very strongly.
- Ted Lindsay

I've always believed that if you put in the work,
the results will come.
- Michael Jordan

Who never doubted, never half believed.
Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.
- Ambrose Bierce

We shall meet again.
I have believed in God.
I obeyed the laws of war and was loyal to my flag.
- Adolf Eichmann

My dad spent his whole life getting into fights for
telling what he believed to be the truth.
Basically it comes from my dad-and he's screaming right-wing,
so there you are.
- Thom Yorke

I had no idea that he was going to write that,
but I've always believed that insecurity was what would
keep you always in your innocence,
no matter what the business did.
- Sally Kirkland


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