“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

~Rilke, letters to a young poet


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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

~George Bernard Shaw


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"Existence is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived. 
Something mysterious surrounds you."



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Golden, Mr. Black.
-- Galadriel, 11/9/12



t’s the deadly eye
Of Poogley-pie.
Look away, look away,
As you walk by,
‘Cause whoever looks right at it
Surely will die.
It’s a good thing you didn’t …
You did? …

~Shel Silverstein


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"Society is suspicious of those who value silence."


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"Around election time, every generation thinks that
"These are crucial times".


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We grow up hearing that trumpeters blew down the walls of Jericho, that Gabriel's trumpet announces the will of God, and that the largest and hippest of all animals, the elephant, has a trunk mostly (we think) for trumpeting. These grandios
e images shape the classic trumpet persona: brash, impetuous, cocky, cool, in command. Anyone who has ever played in a band knows that if the conductor stops rehearsal because a fight breaks out, if somebody takes your girlfriend, if a tasteless practical joke is pulled, if someone challenges every executive decision no matter how trivial, it's got to be a trumpet player. That's just how we are.

~Sweet Swing Blues on the Road

Wynton Marsalis


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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. 

~William Shakespeare


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“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”



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"It is the eve of St. George's Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?"

~Bram S.


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The great part about being single is having all the freedom.


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"Just a few more weary days and then,
I'll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I'll fly away..."


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“Money to me had always been merely something the sheep used to show each other how wonderful they were.”



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“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

~Arthur Conan Doyle


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"Suddenly, from all the green around you,
something-you don't know what-has disappeared;
you feel it creeping closer to the window,
in total silence. From the nearby wood."


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