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John Cage quotes (14)

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
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I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
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Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.
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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.
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It is better to make a piece of music than to perform 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."
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It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.
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The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
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The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.
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There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.
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There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
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We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life.
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We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.
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We need not destroy the past. It is gone.
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When we separate music from life we get art.
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