Category Archives: Quotes
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German writer and politician and Franz Schubert’s poet of choicce) thought it futile to try to write without that spark of inspiration. “My advice therefore is that one should not force anything; it is better … Continue reading
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the … Continue reading
“The way we move within time is a kind of dance. We are always keeping time within one rhythm or another. Music, of course, is exemplary. One reason we love music so much is that it’s so complete and the … Continue reading
“Music teaches us the passing of time. It teaches the value of a moment by giving that moment value. And it passes. It’s not afraid to go.” ~Anna Kamienska ________________________________________________________________ Image via pixielife.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein ________________________________________________________________ Photo: Sulaymaniyah Music Hall, Iraq. National Geographic February 2010 Julie Adnan via facepalmmozart. Einstein quote via justbesplendid.
To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the … Continue reading
“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they … Continue reading
There was an amusing interview with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in The Guardian last month. I happily discovered I share a couple of non-piano passions with her – the Tour de France and sudoku (“It keeps your mind alert but with … Continue reading
Debatable, this one is. But it does explain Rachmaninoff’s late romanticism vis à vis the impressionists and expressionists. “The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. … Continue reading
Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the … Continue reading
“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” ~Douglas Adams ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading