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Tech In The Park The Philiosophy Of Gould
“An absent-minded driver”:
Gould, in 1974.


Glenn Gould displayed boundless enthusiasm for humour. In his CBC specials he inserted fake promos where he would interact with himself in various satiric guises. Following are 10 quotable quips, selected with the help of biographer Kevin Bazzana:

  • “I suppose it can be said that I’m an absent-minded driver. It’s true that I’ve driven through a number of red lights on occasion, but on the other hand, I’ve stopped at a lot of green ones but never gotten credit for it.”
    On Beethoven: “He is one composer whose reputation is based entirely on gossip.”
  • “The thing that is absolute anathema to me is Italian opera. I squirm with Verdi and wriggle with Puccini.”
  • “I happen to believe that competition rather than money is the root of all evil.”
  • “I don’t approve of people who watch television, but I am one of them. You see, television is one of the greatest sedatives in the world.”
  • “Morality, it seems to me, has never been on the side of the carnivore.”
  • “My moods bear an inverse relationship to the degree of sunlight on a given day. (‘Behind every silver lining there’s a cloud,’ I tell myself when things threaten to get bright.)”
  • “I’m a Streisand freak and make no bones about it. For me, the Streisand voice is one of the natural wonders of the age.”
  • “In the best of all possible worlds, art would be unnecessary.”
  • “I don’t think I’m at all eccentric.”

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