Quotations by Virgil Thomson

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Born: Wednesday, November 25, 1896
Died: Saturday, September 30, 1989 (92 years old)
Profession: Composer
Nationality: American


I don't care what other critics say, I only hope to be played.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Hope, Care)

I don't go around regretting things that don't happen.
- Virgil Thomson

I don't have to worry No matter what they do to it, it works.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Worry)

I let her alone and when she got that finished she left me alone. We trusted each other.
- Virgil Thomson

I look at you and I write down what I hear.
- Virgil Thomson

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Being)

I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Food, Friends)

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Life, Music, Being, May)

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: London, Paris, Wit)

Let your mind alone, and see what happens.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Mind)

Musicians own music because music owns them.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Music, Musicians)

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Music, Job, Writing)

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
- Virgil Thomson
(Keywords: Time, Fear)

You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.
- Virgil Thomson







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