"Openness to failure breeds the probability of success."
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we're part of the human race."
-The Dead Poets Society
"You never quit on your music. No matter what happens. Cuz anytime something bad happens to you, that's the one place you can escape to and just let it go. I learned it the hard way. And anyway, look at me. Nothing bad's gonna happen. You gotta have a little faith."
"Get wisdom: and with all they getting get understanding."
"This above all else: to thine own self be true."
-Shakespeare (Polonius, Hamlet I:iii)
"I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do
The something that I can do."
-Edward Everett Hale
"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars. "
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
-Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
"But I believe in music...the way that some people believe in fairy tales."
"It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show how they had an equal value. That was the only moral a story need have."
-Ian McEwan (Atonement)
"Don't be an actor. Be a human being who works off what exists under imaginary circumstances. Don't give a performance. Let the performance give you."
"Acting is a scary paradoxical business. One of its central paradoxes is that in order to succeed as an actor you have to lose consciousness of your own self in order to transform yourself into the character in the play. It's not easy, but it can be done."