"My religion lies in my composition."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."John Philip Sousa on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."John Philip Sousa on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."John Philip Sousa on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."John Philip Sousa on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."John Philip Sousa on Albert Camus
"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."
"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."
"I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher."