"Where did it all begin?
Probably in books and strings."
"Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth.
They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.
Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again.
Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul.
Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be.
And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
David Ackert, LA Times
"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."
Attributed to Olivier, Friedrich Nietzsche & Oscar WIlde.
"We are the prisoners of our own passions." - Arthur Schopenhauer
"A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom." - Henry David Thoreau
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." - Benjamin Franklin
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words." - William Shakespeare.
"Everyone hears what you say, Friends listen to what you say, Best friends listen to what you dont say." - Unknown.
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes" - William Shakespeare
"He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories." - Plato
"Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear." - Dale Carnegie
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." - Ecclesiastes 9:11
Death comes to all
But great achievements raise a monument
Which shall endure until the sun grows old.