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Charles Ives

Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity.

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The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.

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Every great inspiration is but an experiment.

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Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth.

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You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance.

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In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.

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If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?

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It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.

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One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife.

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If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven.

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