"I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."John Philip Sousa on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."John Philip Sousa on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."John Philip Sousa on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."John Philip Sousa on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."John Philip Sousa on Abraham Lincoln
"Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty."
"Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music."
"From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else."
"My religion lies in my composition."
"I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher."