The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. -William Saroyan

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. -Shunryu Suzuki

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. (The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.) -Mark Twain

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. -Anais Nin

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

Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. -Tolstoy

Two things get me out of bed in the morning: One is caffeine; the other is guilt. -Jonathan Katz.

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. -Erica Jong

If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time. -Edith Wharton

A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder. -Charles Nimitz

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. -E. B. White

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty But I am too busy thinking about myself. -Edith Sitwell

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher... and that is a good thing for any man. -Socrates

There are two types of employees: Those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is much less competition there. -Indira Gandhi

Bizarreness is the essence of the exotic.

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. -Richard Bach

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de St. Exupery

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. -John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty. -Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. -Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. -Ingrid Bergman (1917-1982)

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got.
Before you find your handsome prince, you've got to kiss a lot of frogs.
Beauty is skin deep; ugly goes right to the bone.
-Murphy's Laws

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. -Napolean Hill

Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate. -David Pratt

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. -Chinese proverb

Don't stay in bed....unless you can make money in bed. -George Burns

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. -Albert Einstein

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. -Oscar Wilde

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem. -George Bernard Shaw

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me. -Charles William Stubbs

Sanity is a madness put to good uses. -George Santayana

Imitation is the sincerest form of television. -Fred Allen (1894-1956)

Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest. -Mark Twain

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -Alan Kay

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. -Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. -Mark Twain

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.-Benjamin Disraeli

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.-Charles F. Kettering

Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1. -Arthur Ashe

There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.-Sir Thomas Beecham

Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. -Lawrence Durrell

Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.-George Szell

The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.-Jeffrey Tate

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily.That is what "fiction" means.-Oscar Wilde

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.-Henry Ford (1863-1947)

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.-Anais Nin

The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.-Anais Nin

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light. -Claude Debussy

Music is the universal language of mankind. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. -William Shakespeare

When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere. -D. H. Lawrence

We can do no great things; only small things with great love. -Mother Teresa

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. -William Jennings Bryan

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. -Helen Keller

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. -Dave Tyson Gentry

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad. -Salvador Dali.

The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless. -Salvador Dali.

Just as I am astonished that a bank clerk never eats a cheque, so too am I astonished that no painter before me ever thought of painting a soft watch. -Salvador Dali.

Do not be afraid of perfection - you will never attain it. -Salvador Dali.

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. -Clive Barnes.

Remember to always dream. More importantly to make those dreams come true and never give up. -Dr. Robert D. Ballard

You see things and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not? -George Bernard Shaw

Man cannot degrade woman without himself falling into degradation; he cannot elevate her without at the same time elevating himself. -Alexander Walker

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courtesy Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby-so helpless and so ridiculous. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. -Oscar Wilde

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. -Oscar Wilde

Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. -Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.-Oscar Wilde

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence. -Vincent Van Gogh

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will. -George Bernard Shaw

Men never remember, but women never forget. -Source Unknown

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. -Charlie Parker

Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. -Donald Laird

Conform and be dull. -J. Frank Doble

Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others. -Eric Berne

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. -George Bernard Shaw

Two monologues do not make a dialogue. -Jeff Daly

You always admire what you really don't understand. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. -Aesop

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. -Henry Ward Beecher

People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else. -Euripides

Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present. -Sir John Lubbock

It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. -David Feherty

Life is like music. It must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct; not by rule. -Samuel Butler

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. -Allan K. Chalmers

There is only one success ... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. -Christopher Morley

Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice. -Samuel Johnson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein