Improvisation Quotes

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Patti Smith
“When we got to the part where we had to improvise an argument in a poetic language, I got cold feet. "I can't do this," I said. "I don't know what to say."

"Say anything," he said. "You can't make a mistake when you improvise."

"What if I mess it up? What if I screw up the rhythm?"

"You can't," he said. "It's like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another."

In this simple exchange, Sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that I have accessed my whole life.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids

Tom Robbins
“Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mocking birds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that serve no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art.”
Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Shannon L. Alder
“When you don’t have honesty in love then there is no communication. Honesty is improvisation of the heart; anything less is a well thought out and rehearsed script.”
Shannon L. Alder

James Morcan
“Formulaic thinking is the antithesis of art.”
James Morcan

Emma Thompson
“Difficult for actors to extemporise in nineteenth-century English. Except for Robert Hardy and Elizabeth Spriggs, who speak that way anyway.”
Emma Thompson, The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film

Alan Alda
“I’ve been an improviser since I was in my twenties. There’s really no failing in improv. You just go on to the next thing.”
Alan Alda

“In order to fit our needs and wants, we are constantly adjusting and altering our behaviors and feelings. Metaphorically speaking, we are constantly giving birth to priorities; our priorities are perpetually reassessed and we perpetually adjust to accomplish them.

Some call this "Change." I call it, improving ourselves by means through the inner self.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Jason Fry
“Humans and other organics were dangerously error-prone in so many ways: They somehow failed to see or hear important stimuli, insisted on ignoring data they didn’t like, and forgot things they desperately needed to remember. Any self-respecting droid would have addressed such failings with a quick diagnostics session and memory defragmentation.
Yet organics made up for this—at least a little bit—with a talent for tackling a problem with simultaneous bits and pieces of multiple subroutines at once, what they called improvisation.”
Jason Fry, The Last Jedi

Patricia Belyea
“There is no room for church mice in improv quilting. You have to own your ideas, your choices, and your determination.”
Patricia Belyea, East-Meets-West Quilts: Tiptoe into Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs

Alain Bremond-Torrent
“I am when i act with spontaneity, improvisation on a planned life.”
Alain Bremond-Torrent, running is flying intermittently

“Improvisation is the power of spontaneous observation.”
Wyatt Pringle

Robert Greene
“Power has its own rhythms and patterns. Those who succeed at the game are the ones who control the patterns and vary them at will, keeping people off balance while they set the tempo. The essence of strategy is controlling what comes next, and the elation of victory can upset your ability to control what comes next in two ways. First, you owe your success to a pattern that you are apt to try to repeat.... Second, success tends to go to your head ...

The powerful vary their rhythms and patterns, change course, adapt to circumstance, and learn to improvise.”
Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

“The practice of improvisation (in contrast, say, to that of writing or painting) teaches something that we are hungry to understand: how to be in harmony with one another and how to have fun. We practice improvisation not only to “express ourselves” but to connect with others in a more immediate way.”
Patricia Ryan Madson

“Self study leads to improvisation and improvisation leads to evolution.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice

Nancy Verde Barr
“Sally was demonstrating trout mousse rolled inside salmon fillets and napped- such a nice word- with hollandaise sauce. She made the hollandaise on her hot plate and handed it to me to keep warm on our back-table hot plate. When I took the pan from her, smiling for the audience, I could see that it had curdled; little bits of hard yolk were visible up close. I wasn't exactly sure what to do about it. I certainly didn't want to point it out to her, but I knew she wouldn't want to use it as it was. So I made another one. I melted butter on my hot plate and crouched under the skirted table with the butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, and the blender. I waited for Sally to turn on the food processor to puree the trout, and then, knowing the processor would drown me out, I turned on the blender and whirred yolks, butter, and lemon juice into a perfect hollandaise and put it in a pan identical to the one Sally had handed to me. I saved hers just in case she was planning to discuss curdling, but when I handed her the newly made one, she just gave me that schoolgirl grin and said, "Nice work" and went back to the demonstration.”
Nancy Verde Barr, Last Bite

Nancy Verde Barr
“He took a moment to regain his composure, but he got it right on the next take and finally began to make the Bolognese sauce. The pan on the stove had butter that we had already partially melted, and he poured in some olive oil. Then he stirred in the previously identified chopped vegetables, and after several minutes (which would later be edited out), the vegetables were translucent. When he added the finely chopped beef, Sally told the viewers, "You could also use a very good grade of hamburger." He poured in some milk, let it evaporate, and then added crushed tomatoes, red wine, and broth. "Now you must cook the sauce two, three hours until it is done," he said. The cameras stopped and we swapped the pan for an identical one with a finished sauce. We also poured boiling water and cooked spaghetti into the pot that had been sitting empty on the stove.”
Nancy Verde Barr, Last Bite

Stewart Stafford
“Writing structure is logical. Writing method at its best is instinctive. That way you get the benefits of both styles - improvisation within calculation.”
Stewart Stafford

“Self-satisfaction is something which relaxes the mind before preparing it to think more; praise yourself after successfully finishing the work, but always be open to improvisation to keep the satisfaction level in check. Do not stop at that point because by doing that you are robbing yourself a chance to become the best.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

“Self-satisfaction is something which relaxes the mind before preparing it to think more; praise yourself after successfully finishing the work, but always be open to improvisation for keeping the satisfaction level in check. Do not stop at that point because by doing that you are robbing yourself a chance to become the best.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

“We feel safe in following the past successful efforts & fear the innovation or improvisation, but we don't realize that everything still & not updated is bound to be backdated and open to decay.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

Jen Kirkman
“I can barely forgive myself for the time when I negged Billy from my improv troupe onstage. He said, “I have a gift for you,” and my first instinct was to say, “No you don’t.” The scene died right then and there. See what happens when I try to nurture something? I know it seems dramatic to relate destroying an improv scene to possibly destroying a child’s life, but improv and child rearing are not so different. Both are jobs that people volunteer for and complain about endlessly, and they bore everyone around them as they talk about the process.”
Jen Kirkman, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids

“Be Mad with a method to your madness, be fearless explore new methods, be unpredictable, innovate & improvise, always grow, learn & change, never be the same person twice. Quit quitting at reasoning by other people, explore the journey yourself & decide. Be hungry for the win. Inspire.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

“The practice of improvisation (in contrast, say, to that of writing or painting) teaches something that we are hungry to understand: how to be in harmony with one another and how to have fun. We practice improvisation not only to “express ourselves” but to connect with others in a more immediate way.”
Patricia Ryan Madso

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Sometimes you get so jazzed on the moment you can actually hear the universe sing, as you swing from life’s high notes and hit the low notes equally, improvising artistically without missing a beat or hanging on like a leech, leaving each passing moment to zone in on the texture of the next melodic tones life continually brings‬.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Nicole Gozdek
“Warum die Muse ihn jetzt anstarrte, wusste er nicht. Es war, als würden sie eine Komödie oder ein Psychodrama aufführen und alle wussten, was sie zu sagen hatten, nur er hatte das Skript nicht bekommen, tappte im Dunkeln und musste jetzt improvisieren. Und das auch noch, obwohl er gar nicht mitspielen wollte.”
Nicole Gozdek, Inspired - Magie der Muse

Noriko Morishita
“E' la capacità d'improvvisare indipendentemente da quanto stabilito, la vera cartina di tornasole della capacità di una persona.”
Noriko Morishita, Every Day a Good Day: Fifteen lessons I learned about happiness from Japanese tea culture

Don DeLillo
“Marriage is something we make from available materials. In this sense it's improvised, it's almost offhand. Maybe this is why we know so little about it. It's too inspired and quicksilver a thing to be clearly understood. Two people make a blur.”
Don DeLillo, The Names

C.A.A. Savastano
“Some current ideologies would double as improvisational comedy because you must agree with them by adding further laughable concepts.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Keith Richards
“I always thought that's what songs are really about; you're not supposed to be singing songs about hiding things. And when my voice got better and stronger, I was able to communicate that raw feeling, and so I wrote more tender songs, love songs, if you like. [...] Composing a song like that, in front of a mike, is like holding on to a friend in a way. [...] I'm not agonizing for days with poems and shit. And what I find fascinating about it is that when you're up there on the microphone and say, OK, let's go, something comes out that you wouldn't have dreamt of. Then within a millisecond you've got to come up with something else that adds to what you've just said. It's kind of jousting with yourself. And suddenly you've got something going and there's a framework to work with.”
Keith Richards, Life

Anh Do
“The basic concept is that they throw you into the middle of a scene where you're the only one who's completely unprepared. You step through a door and someone says, 'Thank god you're here.' From there you play the scene as if you know what the hell's going on, with a live studio audience watching, expecting, actually demanding, you to be funny. p282”
Anh Do, The Happiest Refugee

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