John Cage on ideas

Still image from 3D simulation of a petrochemical refinery

Still image from 3D simulation of a petrochemical refinery.
Image credit: Looking Glass Productions Ltd.

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).

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"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
John Cage Posted on behalf of John Cage on Saturday, July 17th, 2010 under Quotations.

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