Ludwig Van Beethoven
"Prince, you are what you are through the accident of birth; what I am, I am through myself. There have been, and will be thousands of princes; there is only one Beethoven."
must not pretend to be so divine as not to make improvement here and there in
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.""The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
is what stands the test of experience.”
“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.”
"It would be better if you begin to teach others only after you yourself have learned something.
"One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a high-sounding name."
Thomas Babington Macaulay
men must not be judged my ordinary standards.”(Reference to Beethoven)
John F. Kennedy
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
"A child miseducated is a child lost."
"A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality."
“Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”
“Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”
“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. “
“There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.”
genius is a talented person who does his homework.”
”Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”
“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
“Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is knowledge of our own ignorance.”
“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the
support of a cause we believe to be just.”
behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether
secondary importance and that in the end, progress is accomplished by the man
who does things.”
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. “
“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
"Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples."