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Thoughts and Contemplations

(In no particular order:)

 "Creativity is the residue of wasted time." Albert Einstein


"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music." Gustav Mahler


"Sometimes music vibrates beyond the clouds, and we can no longer hear its echo. Very rarely is it truly infinite; then it makes us forget the Earth. The great masters sense that they have one last thing to say, and that life is coming to an end –. But their music stays behind with humanity as a legacy, and we must gratefully preserve this precious gem, and endeavour in the spirit of the composer to grow deeper and deeper into his works and let them worthily arise again."

K. Stockhausen, August 20th 1948

“Where there is law there is injustice.” Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

"Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Dylan Thomas (1937)


"If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done?"

("Mutts" by Patrick McDonnell, 3/9/10)

"There is no truth that I fear to be known." Thomas Jefferson

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."  Cicero

"A shift of fortune tests the liability of friends." Cicero

"In everything that can be called Art, there is a quality of redemption."   Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art Of Murder

"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." 

John Milton, Paradise Lost


"Do not do to others that which you do not want them to do to you." Confucius

"There is an old Vulcan proverb: only Nixon could go to China."

"If there is no solution, then there is no problem." (From a very wise video engineer.)


"We've got them just where they want us." Kirk in Star Trek, The Motion Picture

"That which does not destroy us only makes us stronger."  Nietzsche

"Many secrets of Art and Nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical."   Sir Francis Bacon (Attributed erroneously to Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke's quote was "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Profiles of The Future, 1961)

Ultimately, one's religion is not a predisposed genetic inheritance.

"Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception." Carl Sagan 

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  Berthold Auerbach

"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interactions. The world will have a generation of idiots."   Albert Einstein

"It is what you learn after you know it all that counts."   President Harry Truman

What is it about death that motivates people to want to have sex after a funeral?

"Laughter is a social sanction against inflexible behavior."  Bergson, French philosopher

"I suppose, in some far removed eternity to come, the most important matters of our destinies will only be a flash of light in someone else's sky."   Jimmy Webb

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