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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?

Sir Simon Rattle about being a Musician

Posted in Quote, Sir Simon Rattle on September 18th, 2009 by Dave – 1 Comment

From alcohol yesterday to another drug habit today:

It’s an unkickable drug habit. And I’m happy to be a junky till the end of my days.

Sir Simon Rattle

I never thought of using a word like “thrilling” in conjunction with a documentary. Until I watched TRIP TO ASIA. This film is about a concert tour by the Berliner Philharmoniker of six cities in Asia. But the tour itself is just the story angle for getting deeper into the characteristics of an orchestra musician’s life and especially the differences between the Berliner Philharmoniker and other orchestras.

The film consists of many very personal interviews with members of the orchestra and with its artistic director Sir Simon Rattle. Many of these personal confessions of the musicians go straight to my heart. In one of these interviews Sir Simon is talking about “the sensation of what goes on between a conductor and that group of people [the orchestra]” which is leading to his statement about his personal drug habit cited above. But I think this is transferable to being a musician or music in general.

What about you? Is there a kind of obsession you would describe as drug habit? And are you happy to be a junky till the end of your days, too?

W. C. Fields about Reality and Alcohol

Posted in Quote, W. C. Fields on September 17th, 2009 by Dave – 3 Comments

On the subject of reality I like this one best:

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol.

W. C. Fields

While alcoholism is far from being funny, in this one the danger of alcohol leads to a pivotal question in philosophy: What is reality? And not alone in philosophy but also in theology, psychology, brain reasearch and other sciences reality is an important subject and an unsolved problem yet.

What is your personal definition of reality? Can we ever be sure that something is real? Is alcohol a solution? What do you think?

Erich Kästner about Quotation

Posted in Erich Kästner, Quote on September 16th, 2009 by Dave – 2 Comments

So, this is my new blog about quotation. Let’s start off with my favourite quote about quotation:

“Unser Deutschlehrer hasst Zitate”, sagte Gustav. “Er ist der Ansicht, wir sollten uns gefälligst selber etwas einfallen lassen, statt aus Büchern abzuschreiben. Das sei genauso verwerflich wie das Abschreiben vom Nachbarn.”

Erich Kästner, “Emil und die drei Zwillinge”, Achtes Kapitel

“Our German master hates quotations,” said Gustav. “He says we ought to think of what to say for ourselves, instead of copying it out of books. He says it’s just as bad as copying from our neighbour.”

Erich Kästner, “Emil and the three twins”, Chapter 8
(Translation by Cyrus Brooks)

I like this one very much, because it expresses my ambivalent feelings towards quotes in general. Sometimes I feel guilty at using other people’s thoughts. It’s like pluming myself on other people’s achievements. But on the other hand there are so many situations when a certain quote describes my current feelings or a situation as perfect as I never could express ist in my own words. So why not using a quote and showing reverence to a sage person?

What about you? What are your feelings towards quotation in general? Do you feel guilty? What means the magic of quotation to you?