Best Quotes by Igor Stravinsky (Top 10)

  1. I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
  2. 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.
  3. One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles.
  4. My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.
  5. In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
  6. 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.
  7. A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
  8. Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa Lobos?
  9. The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
  10. To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

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