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Andrew Lloyd Webber quotes: the billionaire composer’s top quotes.

“You are lucky if you know what you want to do in life.  You are incredibly lucky if you are able to have a career in it.”

“What strikes me is that there’s a very fine line between success and failure.  Just one ingredient can make the difference.”

“Nobody seems to think it’s a good idea to mention mistakes, but I think it’s important to acknowledge the mistakes you’ve made in life, because it’s really through those that you learn things.  I’ve made hundreds.”

“Sometimes it’s very difficult to keep momentum when it’s you that you are following.”

“No matter what they tell you, no matter what they do, no matter what they teach you, what you believe… is true.”

“Love changes everything.  Days are longer, words mean more.  Love changes everything.  Pain is deeper than before.  Love can turn your world around, and that world will last forever.”

“Look with your heart and not with your eyes.  The heart understands.  The heart never lies.  Believe what it feels, and trust what it shows.  Look with your heart; the heart always knows.  Love is not always beautiful, not at the start.  But open your arms, and close your eyes tight.  Look with your heart and when it finds love, your heart will be right.”

“Love can make a summer fly, or a night seem like a lifetime.”

“The arts are the one thing that appeal right across all forms of politics, race, creed – everything.”

“My most passionate belief is in the power of music in education.  My aim has never been to create more professional musicians but to show how music empowers and cuts across all creeds and political views.  I think we need a lot more of that.”

“The regrets in the theater have always been the shows that you know ought to have worked but for one reason or another haven’t.”

“Nobody ever thinks that the work they’re going to do could ever be bigger than the one they do before, especially if you’re lucky enough like I had to have such a huge thing as Phantom was.”

“Together, we can nurture the talent of the future and bring the empowering force of music and the arts to a new generation.”

“As a composer at a point where I can absolutely pick and choose what I want to do, I don’t want to write about anybody I don’t care about.”

“Nothing will ever be as big as The Phantom of the Opera for me.”

“We are, all of us, insecure about our looks.  And I think that’s it.  That is why people identify with The Phantom.  Everyone has something about themselves they would like to change.”

“I was about 10, and I was supposed to be playing the piano at the school concert, and I got up in front of the whole school and said, ‘I’m sorry.  I’m changing the agenda.  I want to play some songs I’ve written.’  That was the moment the real me broke through.”

“And it sort of jogged a memory of something that I read at school and I read it, and I thought, ‘God this is it.’  So you never can tell.  I could find something this afternoon.”

“The moment you start to write because you think the story fits today’s mold is the moment that creativity stops.  I’ve always tried to do new things.  All my life, my creed has been that musical theater can embrace anything.”

“Well the least favorite question is the one that one’s asked, particularly about in Japan, is what’s the difference between theater and cinema, and I think, well, that’s about 80 bucks.”

“I’ve got to find something and if I find something that I like, I’ll do it.  If I don’t, I won’t.”

“I have a very strong will.”

“There’s no getting around it: writing is hard, while working with young performers is nearly always a joy.”

“I enjoy writing in many different ways and styles.”

“I don’t know what really makes a great musical or not.  In the end, you write it, and you write it because you want to write it.”

“All I’ve ever tried to do is get the best out of people and to bring a bit of humor into it.”

“If you know what you want to do, as I always loved musicals, and then to have been lucky enough to be successful with them, I think that’s all you can ask, isn’t it?  I think I don’t really think too much about it.  I am a bit shy socially, yeah, I admit that.”

“You know, do you know what I often say to myself?  I think you’re very lucky in life if you know what you want to do.”

“My love of musical theater was certainly not typical.  I mean, it was considered to be very, very abnormal, in fact!”

“Music, architecture and pictures have always been my passions, and all that material wealth has meant for me, is being able to have some of the pictures I liked.”

“[On what was your first job?] Still unemployed.”

“[On what are your beauty secrets?] I want my money back.”

“I don’t take myself completely seriously.  I try to have a laugh.  I think I’m a rather boring person.”

“The most boring thing about turning 70 is talking about it.  It’s very sweet that my friends want to throw parties for me.  And I was honored at the Grammys.  It’s like, hang on a moment, I don’t feel any different.  I feel like a kid again!  I don’t know what age I am!  I just want to get on with life.”

“I’m alive.  I have my music.  I have my children.  I am the luckiest man.”

What next?  Maybe Mariah Carey’s net worth?  (Sure, why not.)

About the author: Cory Johnson likes hip-hop, comedy, cold beer, curvy women and writing. His net worth is $11 million. Here’s how he did it.

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