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Music, as Conceived by Curmudgeons

 

 

 

 

From Jon Winokur’s book, The Portable Curmudgeon.

The chief objection to playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player.

— George Bernard Shaw

(I can’t find who said the following, but I concur: The reason bagpipe players walk while they play is to get away from the music.)

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. 

— Samuel Johnson

Assassins! 

— Arturo Toscanini to his orchestra

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Thoughts on Children

 

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Again, these observations are taken from Jon Winokur’s book, The Portable Curmudgeon.

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.

—Nancy Mitford

Children should neither be seen nor heard from—ever again.          —W.C. Fields

There are three terrible ages of childhood—1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30.

—Cleveland Amory

 

The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.   —Mell Lazarus

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant—and let the air out of the tires.                                                                                   —Dorothy Parker

 

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