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Hi, just came across these and thought I would share them with all you artists out there...

Happy Perfection

A great deal of happiness in life

consists of things which one undertakes to fulfil in perfection,

or at least as near as possible.

Only when a task is perfected in all ways and exactly rounded off

does it give contentment and fulfilment.

One who neglects his work

and deals carelessly or superficially with it

will never know this feeling.

The conscious perfection makes out of the work an art.

The smallest little things, when in perfection,

become a work of art.

William Mathews

If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth, you must reduce

yourself to a zero.

Mahatma Gandhi

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"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing." ~Lord Erskine

"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." ~Bill Nye

"The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet." ~Jeffrey Tate

"Harpists spend ninety percent of their lives tuning their harps and ten percent playing out of tune." ~Igor Stravinsky

"Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven." ~Amiel

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." ~Voltaire

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Here's a poem a friend gave me when I left Michigan and moved to Virginia. I love it. I'll dedicate it to new poppa's (Polecat and Desert Rat), wounded souls (HKV), and the true heart of a musician's soul (everyone here). Sorry for the length:

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and

if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you'll risk looking like a fool for love,

for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,

if you have been opened by life's betrayals, or

have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,

without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own;

if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you

to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be

careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you're telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the acusation of betrayal and not betray your own

soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful, and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every

day, and if you can source your life from God's presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine,

and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the

full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you

have.

I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,

weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the

children.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you'll stand in the center of the fire with me

and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls

away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself.

And if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

- Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

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"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"

*and*

"It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."

Both by Theodore Roosevelt. laugh.gif

(Particularly relevant to those of us who have recently survived their first recital!!!!! wink.gif )

William

[This message has been edited by GuinnessHunter (edited 12-05-2000).]

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quote:

Originally posted by Old

Don't get the wrong idea, I only know 2 so I've already blown half my repertoire.

Imagine that, so few poems, but a definite impact for at least half of them.

I can't say the same thing for poetry websites I've stumbled upon in the past.

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Jeremy Grantham likes to circulate three quotes for investment managers. Useful in other walks of life as well.

On the tendency for things to foul up, Nietzsche said "What doesn't kill you, strengthens you."

On standing firm, Oliver Cromwell said "I beseech ye in the bowels of Chr*st, consider that you may be mistaken," and

On the need for cleverness, Napoleon said "Give me only lucky generals."

His own quote, also applicable to this field:

"Never underestimate the effectiveness of eccentrics, idiot savants and other unusual people vs. conventionally bright people. If you want to make money, take knack over learned skill."

And finally, Yogi Berra is known to have said of another similar endeavor, "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."

[This message has been edited by Stephen (edited 12-05-2000).]

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Here's my favorite quote of inspiration that got me through grad. school:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

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There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a **** what goes on in between.

~ Sir Thomas Beecham ~

You are the music while the music lasts.

~ T. S. Eliot ~

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.

~ Zimbabwe Proverb ~

Music should never be harmless.

~ Robbie Robertson ~

Without Elvis, none of us could have made it.

~ Buddy Holly ~

I want to know gods thoughts, the rest are details.

~ Albert Einstein ~

If it was my fate to become a violinist then I know one thing for sure: God has a strange kind of humor or he is very patient.

~ the fiddler of dooney ~

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