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"If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all."
John Cage

"It is clear that the first specification for a great composer is to be dead."
Arthur Honegger

"If a young man at the age of 23 can write a symphony like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder..."
Walter Damrosch on Aaron Copland

"It is better to make a piece of music than to preform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of culture."
John Cage

"If I don't practice for one day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, the critics know it. If I don't practice for three days, everyone knows it..."
Ignace Paderewski
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