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Born: 1949-10-01
Profession: Musician
Nation: Dutch
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I believe that music in itself heals and that everything is about the power of the mind. I thought if you are happy, you don't get ill. Your health is in your head. When you are satisfied with your work, you don't get ill.

Tags: Health, Music, Work

I think there are people who use classical music to say, 'I am better than you, because I know all the rules and you don't.' You're not allowed to have fun or entertain.

Tags: Fun, Music, Rules

I was so busy with my studies that I didn't have a musical idol as a teenager. Later, around my 20s, I suddenly discovered the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but I guess my musical idol has always been Strauss.

Tags: Busy, Guess, Later

People don't come to my concerts because they know the program. They come because they love the atmosphere and because they know that when I offer them a program it will be a night they never forget.

Tags: Forget, Love, Night

The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you're in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you.

Tags: Life, Sad, Time

When my twin grandchildren, Linda and Lyeke, were born two years ago, it changed me. I felt it was the essence of what life is about, and I cried all day. When my son Pierre, their father, was born I didn't cry like that.

Tags: Father, Life, Son

Where would I be without Johann Strauss's beautiful 'Blue Danube?' Without this piece of music I wouldn't be the man I am today. It's a tune that brings out the emotion in everyone and makes them want to waltz.

Tags: Beautiful, Music, Today

I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.

Tags: Black, Family, Mother

I'm an un-healable positive optimist.

Tags: Optimist, Positive

I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.

Tags: Beautiful, Home, Year

We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.

Tags: Daily, Life, Music

Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy.

Tags: Happy, Jealous, Success

For me, I always like to get up bright and early.

Tags: Bright, Early

I admire Johann Strauss a lot. I believe he was a genius of his time.

Tags: Admire, Genius, Time

I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic.

Tags: Create, Magic, Sense

I first picked up a violin aged five - I just assumed everyone played.

Tags: Everyone, Five, Played

I have 120 people in my payroll without any government giving me any money. We live off the tickets and the records I sell. That is very unusual.

Tags: Giving, Government, Money

I have two speeds, nothing and full pelt.

Tags: Full, Speeds

I know that when I like music, when it touches my heart, that it will touch your heart, too. That, I think, is the secret to my success.

Tags: Heart, Music, Success

I love reading but I never last very long because I fall asleep right away.

Tags: Away, Last, Love

I was a fat child and loved cake, perhaps because it was the only sweet thing in my life.

Tags: Child, Life, Sweet

It doesn't matter as long as there's interaction between me and the audience. That's why they come.

Tags: Between, Matter, Why

It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not.

Tags: Art, Music, Real

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It is my personality alone that has brought back the waltz and made it a global craze.

Tags: Alone, Global, Waltz

Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everybody.

Tags: Elite, Everybody, Music

Now, I've changed my life to make sure I work only on what I love.

Tags: Life, Love, Work

Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.

Tags: Might, Together, Wanted

The classical music world is so snobbish.

Tags: Classical, Music

The waltz is a very important part of my life. It's a very important way for me to express my positiveness, bringing humor to the world.

Tags: Express, Humor, Life

When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father's concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.

Tags: Audience, Father, Often

When I'm not on tour, I love to have a long breakfast at home in my garden.

Tags: Breakfast, Home, Love

You go to a pop concert or a classical concert but there's nothing in between.

Tags: Between, Classical, Pop

The public should know that the liability issues here have yet to be resolved, or even raised. If you're a farmer and you're growing a genetically engineering food crop, those genes are going to flow to the other farm.

Tags: Food, Here, Public

They're now turning those seeds into intellectual property, so they have a virtual lock on the seeds upon which we all depend for our food and survival.

Tags: Food, Property, Survival

We are already producing enough food to feed the world. We already have technology in place that allows us to produce more than we can find a market for.

Tags: Enough, Food, Technology

We are entering a new phase in human history - one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population.

Tags: History, Human, Needed

We now have an opportunity, though, to do something we didn't do in the industrial age, and that is to get a leg up on this, to bring the public in quickly, to have an informed debate.

Tags: Age, Public, Though

What I'm suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance. We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide a tremendous leap forward for humanity.

Tags: Forward, Future, Humanity

What the public needs to understand is that these new technologies, especially in recombinant DNA technology, allow scientists to bypass biological boundaries altogether.

Tags: Public, Technology, Understand

What's different here is that we have now technologies that allow these life science companies to bypass classical breeding. That's what makes it both powerful and exciting.

Tags: Life, Powerful, Science

Many of the genetically modified foods will be safe, I'm sure. Will most of them be safe? Nobody knows.

Tags: Knows, Nobody, Sure

I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course.

Tags: History, Revolution, Technology

When we seed millions of acres of land with these plants, what happens to foraging birds, to insects, to microbes, to the other animals, when they come in contact and digest plants that are producing materials ranging from plastics to vaccines to pharmaceutical products?

Tags: Happens, Land, Seed

Back in 1983, the United States government approved the release of the first genetically modified organism. In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops.

Tags: Food, Government, United

Europe will not accept genetically modified foods. It doesn't make any difference in the final analysis what Brussels does, what Washington does, or what the World Trade Organization does.

Tags: Accept, Difference, Europe

It may be that everything the life science companies are telling us will turn out to be right, and there's no problem here whatsoever. That defies logic.

Tags: Life, May, Science

The 10 largest antitrust law firms in the United States have gone into the federal courts charging Monsanto with creating a global conspiracy in violation of the antitrust laws, to control the global market in seeds.

Tags: Control, Law, United

The antitrust litigation currently in the federal courts in the U.S. against Monsanto will be the test case in the life sciences, just as the Microsoft case was the test case in the information sciences.

Tags: Against, Life, Test

The electronic media introduced this idea to the larger audience very, very quickly. We spent years and years and years meeting with activists all over Europe to lay the groundwork for a political response, as we did here.

Tags: Here, Idea, Political

The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases of affluence from eating all these fatty meats, our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty, because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families.

Tags: Die, Food, Poor

Here we are 17 years later. Those agencies never did come through.

Tags: Agencies, Here, Later

One thing I've learned over these last 30 or 40 years is that people make history. There's no fait accompli to any of this.

Tags: History, Last, Learned

So my attorneys brought litigation in the U.S. federal courts. The judge ruled in our favor.

Tags: Favor, Judge, Ruled

The industry's not stupid. The industry knows that if those foods are labeled 'genetically engineered,' the public will shy away and won't take them.

Tags: Away, Public, Stupid

We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology.

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You can eliminate, for example, a Brazil nut gene if you know that it will create an allergenic effect.

Tags: Create, Effect, Example

A refuge is supposed to prevent what? The genes from flowing out of sight? This refuge idea won't stop insects from moving across boundaries. That's absurd.

Tags: Idea, Moving, Stop

Back in the mid-1980s, congressional hearings were held after we brought this litigation, and held up the first experiment. At that time, I went in front of Congress, along with the major agencies involved with this.

Tags: After, Congress, Time

I know quite a few farmers all over the United States who have tried this and have said the opposite, that they have to use more herbicides, not less. The same holds true with BT.

Tags: Few, Said, True

If your corn has a herbicide-tolerant gene, it means you can spray your herbicides and kill the weeds; you won't kill your corn because it's producing a gene that makes it tolerant of the herbicide.

Tags: Makes, Means, Won

In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn't have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture.

Tags: Country, Deep, Health

Many of the mainstream agricultural scientists, especially at the agricultural schools, but at all of our major universities, are tied into all sorts of contractual relationships and consulting relationships with the life science companies.

Tags: Life, Schools, Science

The American public is not aware that there might be potential allergenic and toxic reactions. With regular food, at least people know which foods they have an allergy to.

Tags: American, Food, Public

The insurance companies aren't covering that. Should Monsanto be liable for these losses? Should the state government? Who's going to cover the losses? The fact is, here's an industry with no long-term liability in place.

Tags: Government, Here, Place

The position I took at the time was that we hadn't really examined any of the potential environmental consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms.

Tags: Potential, Time, Took