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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.

The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.
We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
Song is the heroics of speech.
One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.
It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of culture.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.

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