Betty Comden quotes

  • We never thought we were. That's the important part.
    -- Betty Comden


  • Ask who wants to live to be a hundred, and the answer is the person who is ninety-nine.
    -- Betty Comden

    #Answers #Want #Nine

  • There is something about the creative process... which is that you can't talk about it. You try to think of anecdotes about it, and you try to explain, but you're never really saying what happened... it's a sort of happy accident.
    -- Betty Comden

    #Creativity #Thinking #Creative

  • [On her collaboration with Adolph Green:] We stare at each other. We meet, whether or not we have a project, just to keep up a continuity of working. There are long periods when nothing happens, and it's just boring and disheartening. But we have a theory that nothing's wasted, even those long days of staring at one another. You sort of have to believe that, don't you? That you had to go through all that to get to the day when something did happen.
    -- Betty Comden

    #Believe #Creativity #Long

  • Broadway's not what it used to be.
    -- Betty Comden

    #Broadway #Used

  • The song Some Other Time is full of emotion. In wartime, it had a tremendously poignant feeling.
    -- Betty Comden

    #Song #Feelings #Emotion

  • New York, New York, - a helluva town, The Bronx is up but the Battery is down.
    -- Betty Comden

    #New York #Batteries #Towns

  • Negative space is important. When I teach students to read critically I advise them to look for what the author isn't saying just as carefully as for what he or she is.

  • For me, the most important thing is the element of chance that is built into a live performance. The very great drawback of recorded sound is the fact that it is always the same. No matter how wonderful a recording is, I know that I couldn't live with it--even of my own music--with the same nuances forever.

  • Funerals are important rituals. They don't just recognize that a life has ended; they recognize that a life was lived.

  • I think they are very important because westerns have a code and a symbolism.

  • What is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? ... And if you're not working on that, why aren't you?

  • I think it's really important to live in the moment.

  • Once you get the right image the details aren't that important.

  • One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.

  • Of course education becomes very very important and that's for our human resource development.

  • But I have always said that it's important we must make sure that justice is at all time be maintained.