"Don't let your hands dictate what you think you can do. Look at fingerboard charts and imagine your eyes dancing on the notes you want to play, and forget about whether your hands can do it or not. Just try it."
Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017), British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in prog rock and jazz fusion. He was in the super group U.K. with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton as well as Soft Machine, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime. An amazingly talented guitarist, his contributions to music will be missed. RIP, Mr. Holdsworth.
"Political correctness? In my humor, I never talk about politics. I was never much into all that."
Don Rickles (8 May 8 1926 - 6 April 2017) - American actor, comedian and master roast master. RIP, Don, you were one funny man.
"I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it."
Keith Haring (4 May 1958 - 16 February 1990), American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain (30 November 1835 - 21 April 1910), American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.
"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
Carrie Frances Fisher (21 October 1956 - 27 December 2016), American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. RIP, Miss Fisher, and may the force with you!
"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind -- every part of the rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder."
John Glenn (18 July 1921 - 8 December 2016), American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and US Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling three times. RIP, Mr. Astronaut.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
Marin Luther King, Jr. (15 January 1929 - 4 April 1968), American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
Leonard Cohen (21 September 1934 - 7 November 2016), Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist. RIP, Mr. Cohen. We shall miss your artistry.
"It's a wonderful feeling to be a bridge to the past and to unite generations. The sport of baseball does that, and I am just a part of it."
Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully (born 29 November 1927) - American sports broadcaster and Brooklyn/LA Dodgers MLB play-by-play baseball announcer for 67 years!
"I am intrigued with scriptural mythology that tells us that God created a divine feminine presence to dwell amongst humanity. This concept has had a constant influence on the work. I have imagined her as ubiquitous, watchful, and often in motion. This work is, in effect, the photographic image of the invisible.”
Leonard Nimoy (26 March 1931 - 27 February 2015), American actor best known as Spock on the hit TV & movie series Star Trek.
"A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace."
Mother Theresa (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, 26 August 1910 - 5 September 1997), was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun who started the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with people. Pope Francis canonized her a saint 19 years after her death.
"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles."
Simone Biles (born March 14, 1997), American gymnast and multiple 2016 Olympic Gold medalist.
"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them."
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE (30 September 1928 - 2 July 2016), Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
"I talk by playing, not by words."
Bernie Worrell (19 April 1944 - 24 June 2016), American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads.
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Groucho Marx (2 October 1890 - 19 August 1977), Born Julius Henry Marx, he was an American comedian and film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.