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. 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.
  6. In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
  7. A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
  8. 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.
  9. Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa Lobos?
  10. To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

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