quote by Benjamin Britten

Composing is like driving down a foggy road.

— Benjamin Britten

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Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house.

Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.


I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defence of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor; a gun from a howitzer; a guerrilla from a gorilla, although a great many resemble the latter.

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I carry my own church about under my own hat," said I.

"Bricks and mortar won't make a staircase to heaven. I believe with your Master that the human heart is the best temple.

Information is the mortar that both builds and destroys empires.

I love polite people, late September, weeping mortar, and my fantastic fands (fans/friends)


When you wage war on the public schools, you're attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You're not a conservative, you're a vandal.

The secret of architectural excellence is to translate the proportions of a dachshund into bricks, mortar and marble.

Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize.

Behind every word flows energy.

He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.

I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations - the director and the actors and the designers build the house.


Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy -- and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks.

Brick and mortar businesses - and the communities that depend on them - cannot continue to bear an unfair sales tax burden from which their on-line competitors are effectively exempt.

It's just endless what you can learn from a single work of art.

You can fill up the crevices of your life, the cracks of your life, the places where the mortar comes out and falls away-you can fill it up with the love of art.

Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.

American soldiers had to guard prisoners on the inside while receiving mortar and weapons fire from the outside. Guantanamo is distant from any battlefield, making it far more secure.


You never know what little bundle of encouragements artists carry around with them, what little pats on the back from what hands, what newspaper clipping, what word of hope from what teacher. I suppose the so-called faith in ourselves is the foundation of our talent, but I am sure these encouragements are the mortar that holds it together.

The general public will almost always stand behind the traditionalists.

In the public eye, architecture is about comfort, about shelter, about bricks and mortar.

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance.

All of Koons's best art - the encased vacuum cleaners, the stainless-steel Rabbit (the late-twentieth century's signature work of Simulationist sculpture), the amazing gleaming Balloon Dog, and the cast-iron re-creation of a Civil War mortar exhibited last month at the Armory - has simultaneously flaunted extreme realism, idealism, and fantasy.

Writing is very much like bricklaying.

You learn to put one brick on top of another and spread the mortar so thick.


I slept in Uday Hussein's bed - that was just so strange.

Went to Saddam's palace, was in a mortar attack - crazy stuff. And like three days later you're back in traffic on Sunset Boulevard. It's all kind of behind you, which is kind of perfect for a guy like me because I can take that and turn it into quite the tale.

All frauds, like the wall daubed with untempered mortar .

.. always tend to the decay of what they are devised to support.

To argue over who is the more noble is nothing more than to dispute whether dirt is better for making bricks or for making mortar.

Lies are the mortar that binds the savage individual man into the social masonry.

The past is never completely lost, however extensive the devastation.

Your sorrows are the bricks and mortar of a magnificent temple. What you are today and what you will be tomorrow are because of what you have been.


The brick of my life is music, but the mortar is faith.

If you look at the top 20 companies of the world, 19 of them are still brick-and-mortar companies. I have nothing against tech companies. What I am saying is that if you have a car manufacturer or an oil and gas manufacturer, you won't get the supply over the Net.

Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.

Temples are more than stone and mortar.

They are filled with faith and fasting. They are built of trials and testimonies. They are sanctified by sacrifice and service.

In 1986, our commencement speaker was George Schultz, secretary of state, fourth in line to the president. You get me-basic cable's second most popular fake newsman. At this rate, the class of 2021 will be addressed by a zoo parrot in a mortar-board that has been trained to say "congratulations.


It's amazing--my parents call everything a discussion.

If I were standing across the street, firing a bazooka at my mother, while my father was launching mortar back at me, and Jeffery was charging down the driveway with a grenade in his teeth, my parents would say we should stop having this public "discussion".

Mortars and artillery don't discriminate against gender.

The American spirit is stronger than stone and mortar, tougher than steel and glass, and more enduring than any pain or suffering that can be inflicted on our national conscience.

Burn shavings and splinters of pitch pine, and when they turn to charcoal, put them out, and pound them into mortar with size. This will make a pretty black for fresco painting.