The first time I read this quote, I thought it was bonehead.
As I got a little older, maybe a bit more mature and learned a little about meditation, I decided that Mr. Thomson gets it right and have come to the conclusion that a little internal silence today will frequently result in a little blinding revelation tomorrow.
While not one of my favorite musicians ... I'm giving it a 32 Dick, you can't dance to it ... his film scores always feel very warm and very American to me.
Click on the photo for the famed 1937 documentory The Plow that Broke the Plains which along with The River is widely regarded as an American film treasure, both of these films were scored by Virgil Thomson.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so also.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Seems kind of simple when you put it that way.
If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
We're overpaying him, but he's worth it.
Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.
God makes stars. I just produce them.
Give me a couple of years, and I'll make her an overnight success.
Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't go see it.
When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.
I read part of it all the way through.
I never liked you, and I always will.
The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.
I was always an independent, even when I had partners.
I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.
If Roosevelt were alive today, he'd turn over in his grave.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.
Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
Let's have some new cliches.
Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.
Include me out.
I can give you a definite maybe.
I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
I hate a man who always says "yes" to me. When I say "no" I like a man who also says "no."
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.
Something to remember the next time one of the doofae on that panel of experts asks the question.
Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Much effort, much prosperity.
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.
Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.
The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
I intend to live forever, or die trying.
Last night was pretty much fun around here.
While our facebook friends stifled a collective yawn over yesterday's post, The Minions perked up quite nicely.
Finger pointing, ruffled feathers, and vitriolic outrage were the order of the evening until Deana offered up the indisputable wisdom of Groucho Marx and pretty much ended the festival.