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Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
— Igor Stravinsky


I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I've felt it.
— Igor Stravinsky
If everything would be permitted to me, I would feel lost in this abyss of freedom.
— Igor Stravinsky


One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is like a pig snouting truffles.


Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

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Art postulates communion, and the artist has an imperative need to make others share the joy which he experiences himself.
— Igor Stravinsky
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.
— Igor Stravinsky
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.

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A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street any more without a convoy and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.