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Stravinsky’s pagan pageant masterpiece, 100 years later



“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.Specialization is for insects.”

– Robert A. Heinlein, from “Time Enough for Love”


“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.”

~  Andre Breton

In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin



“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

– Lee Iacocca


“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

– Maya Angelou


“He who angers you conquers you.”

– Elizabeth Kenny

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

– Mohandas Gandhi


“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

– Buddha

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.”

– Aristotle

“Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.”

– Dr. Joyce Brothers



“Beauty, without expression, tires.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

– Leo Tolstoy


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

– Margaret Hungerford


“I’m tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want – an adorable pancreas?”

– Jean Kerr


“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

– Confucius


“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”

– Martin Buxbaum

“It is not beauty that endears; it’s love that makes us see beauty.”

– Leo Tolstoy


“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

– Dorothy Parker


“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”

– Chuck Palahniuk


“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay



The only thing constant in life is change.”


– Francois de la Rochefoucauld



“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

– William James

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”

– Harold Wilson

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

– Jacob M. Braude

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

– Confucius

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.”

– Denis Waitley


“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”

– Paula Poundstone


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

– James Baldwin


“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

– Robert A. Heinlein


“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.”

– Frank A. Clark


“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

– Stacia Tauscher


“We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt


“Children are our most valuable resource.”

– Herbert Hoover


Never underestimate a child’s ability to get into more trouble.”

– Martin Mull


“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

– Phyllis Diller



It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

– E.E. Cummings


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

– Winston Churchill


Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

– John Wayne


“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

– Mark Twain

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon


“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

– Bruce Lee


“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

– John Wooden


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”

– Mary Anne Radmacher


“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”

– Confucius




“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

– Buddha

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”

– Albert Einstein


“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

– Mark Twain

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

– Edgar Allan Poe

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

– Mark Twain


“No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.”

– Plato


Education / Wisdom

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle


“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

– Pete Seeger

“The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”

– Socrates


“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it requires brains.”

– Marry Pettibone Poole

“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

– Alec Bourne


“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”

– Bill Gates

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

– Albert Einstein


“Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.”

– Wu Ting-Fang


“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”

– Plato

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

– Malcolm Forbes




“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns


“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.”

– Bill Cosby

“Family isn’t about whose blood you have. It’s about who you care about.”

– Trey Parker and Matt Stone


“All happy families resemble one another. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

– Leo Tolstoy


“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

– Jane Howard

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

– Desmond Tutu

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

– Pope John Paul II


“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

– George Bernard Shaw



“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.”

– Albert Camus


“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”

– Aristotle


“Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.”

– Elbert Hubbard


“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

– Dale Carnegie

“True friends stab you in the front.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

– C. S. Lewis


“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

– William Butler Yeats


“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

– George Eliot




“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

– Nathaniel Hawthorne


“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”

– Mark Twain


“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

– Thomas Jefferson


“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

– Dalai Lama


“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

– Robert Frost


“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

– Storm Jameson


“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”

– Benjamin Franklin


“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

– Albert Schweitzer



“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde


“There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?”

– Dick Cavett

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

– Dame Edna Everage

“That is the saving grace of humor. If you fail no one is laughing at you.”

– A. Whitney Brown


“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.”

– Christopher Morely


“Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.”

– Salma Hayek


“The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.”

– Kurt Vonnegut


“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

– E.B. White


“You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.”

– W. Somerset Maugham


“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.”

– Frank Howard Clark



“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

– Aristotle

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert Heinlein

“Love is friendship, set on fire.”

– Jeremy Taylor

“Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

– Elizabeth Browning

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


“Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.”

– Jean Anouilh


“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”

– Amy Bloom

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

– Mark Twain

“Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.”

– Lord Byron


“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”

– Maya Angelou


Men and Women

Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.”

– Albert Einstein

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

– Robert Frost


“Men are what their mothers made them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.”

– Margaret Fuller


“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”

– Plato


“For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf


“Women are made to be loved, not understood.”

– Oscar Wilde


“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

– Will Rogers


“Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice.”

– Bill Cosby


“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

– Timothy Leary



“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”

– Ed Gardner


“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

– Robert Fripp


“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

– Plato


“Life is one grand, sweet song so start the music.”

– Ronald Reagan


“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.”

– Bill Cosby


“Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.”

– Samuel Johnson


“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

– Lao Tzu

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.”

– Elvis Presley


“Music is a safe kind of high.”

– Jimi Hendrix


“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

– Victor Hugo



“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

– John Lennon

“Peace begins with a smile.”

– Mother Teresa


“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

– Albert Einstein


“Peace is its own reward.”

– Mohandas Gandhi


“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”

– Moshe Dayan


“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”

– Jawaharlal Nehru


“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

– George Carlin


“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

– Dalai Lama

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

– Buddha


“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt



“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

– Plato

“Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.”

– Thomas Jefferson


“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

– Charles De Gaulle


“Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.”

– Eugene McCarthy


“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

– Winston Churchill


“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

– H.L. Mencken


“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

– John Adams


“Politics have no relation to morals.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli


“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

– John Kenneth Galbraith


“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

– Ronald Reagan



“Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”

– Bertrand Russell


“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

– Charles Darwin


“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”

– Hippocrates


“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

– Isaac Asimov


“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”

– Sir William Bragg


“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”

– Herbert Hoover


“However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible.”

– Lewis Mumford


“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

– Marie Curie


“Science is simply common sense at its best. That is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”

– Thomas Huxley



“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford


“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill


“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

– Bill Cosby


“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

– Woody Allen

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

– David Allen


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”

– Aristotle


“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

– Sven Goran Eriksson

“Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou



Other Quotes

“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzche


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford


“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

– Frank Wilczek


“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

– Benjamin Franklin


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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