Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week: Albert Ayler

"It ain't about nothing. Don't make it be about something. Why do you have to make it be about something? It ain't about nothing."

American saxophonist.
(as quoted by bassist Gary Peacock)

Quote of the Week: Bette Midler

"I always try to balance the light with the heavy -- a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes."

Bette Midler (born 1 December 1945),
American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, and producer.

Quote of the Week: Kenji Miyazawa

‎"We ordinary people must forge our own beauty. We must set fire to the grayness of our labor with the art of our own lives."

Japanese author of poetry and children's books.

Quote of the Week: Fran Lebowitz

"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."

(born 27 October 1950), American author.

Quote of the Week: Frank Zappa

"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.

Quote of the Week: Niels Bohr

"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."

(7 October 1885 - 18 November 1962),
Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist.

Quote of the Week: Neil Young

"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."

Neil Young (born 1945), musician and author (quote from his bio, Waging Heavy Peace)

Quote of the Week: Felix Baumgartner

"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.

Quote of the Week: George Eliot

"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.

Quote of the Week: Golda Meir

"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.

Quote of the Week: David Byrne

"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.'"

David Byrne (born 1952), American musician and author. Quote is from his new book, How Music Works.

Quote of the Week: Lauren Bacall

"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."

(16 September 1924),
American film and stage actress.

Quote of the Week: David Rakoff

“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

Quote of the Week: Iris Murdoch

"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self."

(15 July 1919 - 8 February 1999),
Irish-born British author and philosopher.

Quote of the Week: Henry Rollins

"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."

(born 13 February 1961)
American singer, writer, and television host.
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