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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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Yet More Insults

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“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”  -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
 
“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.”  -Winston Churchill, in response
 “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”  -Stephen Bishop
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”  -John Bright
 “I’ve just learned about his illness.  Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”  -Irvin S. Cobb
 “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”  -Samuel Johnson
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”  – Paul Keating

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