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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
Love is a friendship set to music.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites --opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity --where energies flow smoothly in one direction --there will be much doing but no music.
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.
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.
Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind.
The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
If music be the food of love; play on.
Music is the key to the female heart.
Music should never be harmless.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Modern music is as dangerous as narcotics.
Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor.
Music is the vernacular of the human soul.
Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
Music is only love looking for words.
Music causes us to think eloquently.
The courage of the poets is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
We all write poems. It is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.
If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion.
In the works of the better poets you get the sensation that they're not talking to people any more, or to some seraphical creature. What they're doing is simply talking back to the language itself --as beauty, sensuality, wisdom, irony --those aspects of language of which the poet is a clear mirror. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more. If what distinguishes us from other species is speech, then poetry, which is the supreme linguistic operation, is our anthropological, indeed genetic, goal. Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a read, commits an anthropological crime, in the first place, against himself.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
Fascism was a counter-revolution against a revolution that never took place.
The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.
As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.
Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Be prepared and be honest.
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Your mind is what makes everything else work.
Every revolution was first a thought in one man?s mind.
Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
There are things known, and there are things unknown. And in between are the doors.

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