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Every great inspiration is but an experiment. Charles Ives#Experiment 69
Charles Ives#Experiment 69
But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be transcendental language in the most extravagant sense. Charles Ives#Curious 62
Charles Ives#Curious 62
If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances? Charles Ives#Children 49
Charles Ives#Children 49
You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance. Charles Ives#Art 41
Charles Ives#Art 41
If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven. Charles Ives#Carry 40
Charles Ives#Carry 40
Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth. Charles Ives#Indication 40
Charles Ives#Indication 40
It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience. Charles Ives#Audience 31
Charles Ives#Audience 31
There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life. Charles Ives#Art 30
Charles Ives#Art 30
One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife. Charles Ives#Anything 29
Charles Ives#Anything 29
The fabric of existence weaves itself whole. Charles Ives#Existence 25
Charles Ives#Existence 25
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