"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
"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self."
"There’s great music being made and re-issued all the time. There is so much good music that the only problem is trying to find enough time to listen to a mere fraction of it. That’s not nearly the worst dilemma to be stuck in. You could be one of those 'everywhere is boring and music sucks these days' types. Let’s hope we avoid that point of view and remain interested more often than not."
"My mother used to tell us in the mornings, 'Carl put on your shoes, Oscar you put on your prosthetic legs... So I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes."
Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius (born 22 November 1986), South African sprint runner nicknamed "Blade Runner" because he races on carbon fibre prosthetic blades.
"There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."
"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918), South African politician.
"I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I ain't a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns."
Woody Guthrie (14 July 1912 - 3 October 1967), American singer-songwriter and folk musician.
"The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist."
“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”
Nora Ephron (19 May 1941 - 26 June 2012), American film director, producer, and writer.
"Nothing is accidental in the universe -- this is one of my Laws of Physics -- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity."
"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted."