Best Quotes by Nadia Boulanger (Top 9)

  1. The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
  2. Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
  3. I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part.
  4. The art of music is so deep and profound that to approach it very seriously only is not enough. One must approach music with a serious rigor and, at the same time, with a great, affectionate joy.
  5. Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.
  6. A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
  7. Do not take up music unless you would rather die than not do so.
  8. It is one thing to be gifted and quite another thing to be worthy of one's own gift.
  9. The Constitution of the United States is not a mere lawyers' document; it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age.