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Rob Hammerton, music educator etc.

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Favorite Quotes:


“Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about?”

–George Bernard Shaw, Candide, Act I


“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.”

–Comte. de Bussy-Rabutin


“Acquaintance I would have, but when’t depends

Not on the number but the choice of friends.”

–Abraham Cowley, “Of Myself”


“But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restored and sorrows end.”

–William Shakespeare, Sonnets


“Contrary to popular belief, saxophones are actually percussion instruments meant to be played with hammers. Large hammers.”



“Give me all you’ve got, then crescendo!!!”

–Leonard Bernstein


“One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know that you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.”

–Gene Brown


“Inside every older person is a younger person wondering ‘What the hell happened?’”



“No one is under a moral obligation to remain in the vicinity of, to keep working with, or even to keep living with, another person whose behavior is demoralizing, severely upsetting or stress-producing.”

–Robert M. Branson, Ph.D, Coping With Difficult People


“People would say, ‘Well we’ve done it that way in the past,’ and I’d say, ‘Well that’s why you’ve lost 10 years in a row.’”

–John Calipari


“Singers are underrated: while nobody thinks they can play the French horn, everybody thinks they can sing.”

–Peter Schickele


“Slimy? Mud hole? My HOME this is!”



“The closer you get to the fire, the more you get burned.”

–Billy Joel


“The game of life is not so much holding a good hand as playing a poor one.”

–H.T. Leslie

“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.”

–Irving Berlin


“We are the cockroaches, and Heidi is the flashlight.”

–an unnamed West Chester DMA staffer; unnamed because I don’t remember exactly who it was.


“What really flatters a man is that you find him worth flattering.”

–George Bernard Shaw


“Her singing reminds me of a cart coming downhill with the brake on.”

–Sir Thomas Beecham on an unidentified soprano in Die Walkyre


“A friend is one who you’ve just met; yet have known forever.”

–my friend Gina Vanaria


“There’s nothing like facing the prospect of making new friends to make one treasure ‘old’ friends.”

–my friend Nancy Locklin


November 25, 2010 - Posted by | DMA, literature, music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Rob!!!

    Love this!!!

    I need the Heidi Flashlight story!!!

    Comment by heather felder | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. really!? I too am inquiring as the the entire story!!

    Comment by heidi sarver | November 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Only trouble is, I can’t remember the details at all (the quote was so good I wrote it down, but no context with it). Something innocuous … I have the feeling perhaps a bunch of people were standing/sitting around near the entrance to Asplundh Hall, you walked in, and even if we weren’t doing anything wrong, we all had completely guilty looks anyway.

      Sounds like something Coogan would have said, except I think he was more midwestern DMA at the time…

      Comment by rhammerton1 | November 27, 2010 | Reply

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