I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
— John Cage in an interview with Arnold Jay Smith published as “Reaching for the Cosmos: A Composer’s Colloquium,” in DownBeat, Volume 44, Number 18, (October 27, 1977). Available in Richard Kostelanetz‘s Conversing With Cage, Edition 2, (New York: Routledge, 2003), p. 221. First published (New York: Limelight Editions, 1988).
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."