Archive for September, 2009

Aldous Huxley about Expression, Music ans Silence

Posted in Aldous Huxley, Quote on September 30th, 2009 by Dave – 2 Comments

For the last day of the month a very beautiful one about music:

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley, Music at Night, 1931

I think it’s disputable whether silence or music is more suitable for expressing what is inexpressible by words. Anyway, music is beyond doubt one of the best ways for expressing emotions and feelings. It is an universal language beyond all language barriers. It never ceases to amaze me, how touching music can be.

What about you? Are you able to decode the language of music? Do you agree with Mr Huxley? How are you touched by music?

Frank Zappa about Norm, Deviation and Progress

Posted in Frank Zappa, Quote on September 29th, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

From a man who knows very well about deviation from the norm in music:

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa

Norm and deviation are a pivotal subject in my life. Normative forces in society are very strong and it’s not easy to free yourself from them. But the knowledge, that personal development is impossible without deviation from the norm, is disturbing and comforting at the same time.

What about you? How much are you deviating from the norm? Do you think about your personal development? And what are your conclusions?

Henry David Thoreau about the World and Imagination

Posted in Henry David Thoreau, Quote on September 28th, 2009 by Dave – 2 Comments

What could be more suitable for the beginning of the week than a quote about imagination?

This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

Henry David Thoreau

I like this canvas metaphor very much! It leads to comparing life to an oil painting: painted layer by layer in a long process including the opportunity if change in any state, never definitely finished. Just the upper layer is visible, but the whole personality consisting of all layers – visible and invisible.

What about you? How are you painting your imaginations onto the canvas of the world? Are you good in painting?

Pythagoras about Silence, Meaning and Words

Posted in Pythagoras, Quote on September 27th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment


Silence is better than unmeaning words.


Nothing to add.

Winston Churchill about Success, Failure and Courage

Posted in Quote, Winston Churchill on September 25th, 2009 by Dave – 10 Comments

His famous “no sports!” quote seems to be unsourced, this one however seems to be an authentic one:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

The great danger of success is that it may mislead you to resting on your laurels. Hence it’s a good clue that success is always just temporarily. But it’s also comforting, that no failure is as fatal as it may seem to be at first glance. And I like Churchill’s conclusion, that the courage to continue ist the key to continuos success.

What about you? How are you rating success and failure? Do you always have the courage to continue?

Steve Jobs about Innovation, Leaders and Followers

Posted in Quote, Steve Jobs on September 24th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

Today a quote from a man who definitely knows about being a leader:

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

The biography of Steve Jobs is really outstanding. His life is closely related to the history of the famous companies Apple Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios. Both companies stand for innovation. Steve Jobs always believed in his visions. This was the reason, why he became a leader.

What about you? Do you benefit from the products of one of the above mentioned companies? What is your attitude towards innovation or being a leader?

Sir Simon Rattle about the Berliner Philharmoniker and Berlin

Posted in Quote, Sir Simon Rattle on September 23rd, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

Again a statement by Sir Simon Rattle:

This orchestra thinks and responds incredibly quickly, every single musician. They’re never standing still. Maybe it’s because this city, Berlin, functions that way too.

Sir Simon Rattle

I totally agree with his analysis of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This orchestra is really outstanding! But I entertain doubts about the reason. It the way Berlin functions was the reason, why are the other orchestras in the city not as exceptional as the Berliner Philharmoniker?

What about you? Have you ever listened to the Berliner Philharmoniker? If not, you should absolutely do so! What about Berlin? Have you ever been there? How do you like it?

Ernest Hemingway about Wine, Civilization and Nature

Posted in Ernest Hemingway, Quote on September 22nd, 2009 by Dave – 6 Comments

Last week we had once already a quote about alcohol. Here’s one about alcohol in probably it’s most sophisticated way:

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.

Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

I totally agree with Mr Hemingway! To me wine is also a strong manifestation of human culture. Although I drink for health reasons just white wine, I highly appreciate the art of winemaking. One of my favourite films is Sideways, where one of the protagonists is a good example for and approach to passion for wine.

What about you? Do you like wine? What’s in your opinion the relation between wine and human culture?

Robert Frost about Sense, Nonsense and Forgiveness

Posted in Quote, Robert Frost on September 21st, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

Mondays are cut out for thinking about sense and nonsense:

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

Robert Frost

I like the self-mockery in this statement very much! It is highly suitable for microblogging services like Twitter and Facebook. But I think it also leads to humility about other people’s statements. Can we be sure that what we categorize as nonsense is really nonsense? How would other classify what we categorize as sense? Don’t you agree that sense or nonsense is in the eye of the beholder?

F. Scott Fitzgerald about Weekend, Rhythm and Life

Posted in F. Scott Fitzgerald, Quote on September 20th, 2009 by Dave – Be the first to comment

At the first weekend on this blog a fine one about weekends:

The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Crack-Up, The Note-Books D. Descriptions of Things and Atmosphere

The analogy between life and another, mostly shorter period of time is a popular subject in philosophy and literature. As a musician I like the use of “rhythm” for describing a structure in life. But what fascinates me most is the view of a weekend as a substitute for life. This leads me to the term “work-life balance” which is in our days very popular. Awful! This suggests that work excludes life. Poor people who understand their work as opposite of life!

What about you? Does your work exclude life? Does your life also takes place just at weekends? What do you think of the term “work-life balance”? What about your rhythm of life?