"Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass."
Quote of the Week
"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
Frank Zappa (21 Dec. 1940 - 4 Dec. 1993), American composer, electric guitarist, record producer, and film director.
"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."
"In the age of technology we have grown used to many things being convenient and easy. ... Videos can be shared and viewed around the world, and so can music, just like any document. The only problem with this is music is not like that. It is a storm on the senses, weather for the soul, deeper than deep, wider than wide. It is more than what you see or hear. It is what you feel."
"Sometimes you have to be up really high to see how small you are."
Felix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969), Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper.
"Delicious autumn! My soul is wedded to it. If I were a bird I'd fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880), English novelist, journalist and translator.
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."
Golda Meir (3 May 1898 - 8 December 1978), Israeli teacher and politician.
"Presuming that there is such a thing as 'progress' when it comes to music, and that music is 'better' now than it used to be, is typical of the high self-regard of those who live in the present. It is a myth. Creativity doesn’t 'improve.'"
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."
“People are really trying their best. Just like being happy and sad, you will find yourself on both sides of the equation many times over your lifetime, either saying or hearing the wrong thing. Let's all give each other a pass, shall we?”
David Benjamin Rakoff (27 November 1964 - 9 August 2012), Canadian-born writer based in NYC