I have so many that I love. Here are some of them...
"To a musician or songwriter, your canvas is silence."
- Keith Richards
"The good man is the only true musician, for he gives forth perfect harmony, not with a lyre or other instrument, but with the whole of his self."
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
- Albert Einstein
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
- Dr. Seuss
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle (from "Nicomachean Ethics")
"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer."
- Ralph Waldo Emmerson
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. "
- Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death."
- Anne Frank
"I am human and let nothing human be alien to me."
"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."
- Thomas Edison
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. "
- Decca Recording Co. on not signing the Beatles, 1962
"If you grow up in the suburbs of anywhere, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. This moment is directly connected to those imaginings. And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage, and relying purely on courage, it's possible."
-Russell Crowe, from his Oscar speech
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."
-Leonard Cohen (from Anthem)
"Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
And they came,
and he pushed,
and they flew."
- Christopher Logue
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Meade
"Genius is love"
"Teaching is Love. Learning is Love"
- Ernst Bulova
"...And I say to you this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and so precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live. You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause–and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you’re afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus
"The place that seems most dangerous is exactly where safety lies."
- Barbara Cook
"I've forgotten many things, but I'll never forget a melody."
- Michael Jackson
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
- Abraham Lincoln
"So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable, and no man is useless as long as he has a friend."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"My notion about service is actually that kind of relationship in which you have a commitment to the other person. Now, I don't mean to the person's body or to the person's personality, or to the person's stomach, or the person's almost anything. What I mean in fact is that for me what service is about is being committed to the other being. To other person spiritually. To who the other person is. Now the problem with that is that, to the degree that you are in fact committed to the other person, you are only as valuable as the degree to which you can deal with the other person's stuff, their evidence, their manifestation, and that's what service is about. Service is knowing who the other person is and being able to tolerate giving space to their garbage. What most people do is to give to people's quality and deal with their garbage. Actually, you should do it the other way around. Deal with who they are and give space to their garbage. Keep interacting with them as if they are God. And every time you get garbage from them, give space to the garbage and go back and interact with them as if they were God."
- Werner Erhard