“There are many people...who think that success and excellence are the same thing
and they are not the same thing.
Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable
and largely within a person’s control.
In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside our control.
If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually.
Joe Paterno ~Penn State University Head Football Coach
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery,
it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
"Talent is cheaper than table salt.
What separates the talented individual from the successful one
is a lot of hard work."
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master. ~Duke Ellington
"It's not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."
~Paul "Bear" Bryant
There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.
Don't say you don't have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to
Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa,
Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
~Johann Sebastian Bach
Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Music is what feelings sound like.
Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.
A painter paints pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study
mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and
philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation,
commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
And sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
~Sir Thomas Browne
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
~Michel de Montaigne
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?'
My answer would be, 'Yes.'
And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?"
My answer to that would be, 'No.'
Music . . . can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
When words leave off, music begins.
Mozart is sweet sunshine.
Country music is three chords and the truth.
I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.
But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.
Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.
~H. A. Overstreet
Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
If the King loves music, it is well with the land.
Music is the poetry of the air.
My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us;
the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.
Music's the medicine of the mind.
~John A. Logan
Music is an outburst of the soul.
Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
~J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind oppresses,
then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress.
Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.
~Henry David Thoreau
Music creates order out of chaos:
for rhythm imposes unanimity upon thedivergent,
melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed,
and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.
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