I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you do with it that counts.
— Martin Ritt
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
— Albert Einstein
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
— Benjamin Franklin
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

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The suffering man ought really to consume his own smoke, there is no good in emitting smoke till you have made it into fire

Thomas Carlyle

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To stubbornly conditioned ears, anything new in music has always been called noise.

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When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Winston Churchill