"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

"To sing the ballad with a knowingness about what you are talking about. If it's somebody else's lyric, and the message is a little unusual for you, it requires that you learn that new message."
Al Jarreau

"Events are the ephemera of history; they pass across its stage like fireflies, hardly glimpsed before they settle back into darkness and as often as not into oblivion. Every event, however brief, has to be sure a contribution to make, lights up some dark corner or even some wide vista of history."
Fernand Braudel

"Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse."
Francis Bacon

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
Carl Sandburg

"Fortunate indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use."
Peter Latham

"The style is the man. Rather say the style is the way the man takes himself. If it is with outer seriousness, it must be with inner humour. If it is with outer humour, it must be with inner seriousness."
Robert Frost

"People spend money when and where they feel good."
Walt Disney

"If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."
Woodrow Wilson

"Always hold your sales meetings in rooms too small for the audience, even if it means holding them in the WC. 'Standing room only' creates an atmosphere of success, as in theatres and restaurants, while a half-empty auditorium smells of failure."
David Ogilvy

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
Albert Einstein

"Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones."
Charles Caleb Colton

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
James Crook

"Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike."
Margot Fonteyn - (1919 - 1991) - prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet

"All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!"
Yoko Ono

"To the King's Theatre, where we saw 'Midsummer Night's Dream', which I had never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life. I saw, I confess, some good dancing and some handsome women, which was all my pleasure."
Samuel Pepys, 29 September 1662, Everybody's Pepys: The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1660-69, 1972


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