Quotes

Hector Berlioz on the Trombone

In my opinion the trombone is the true head of that family of wind instruments which I have named the epic one.  It possesses nobility and grandeur to the highest degree;  it has all the serious and powerful tones of sublime musical poetry, from religious, calm and imposing accents to savage, orgiastic outbursts.  Directed by the will of a master, the trombones can chant like a choir of priests, threaten, utter gloomy sighs, a mournful lament or a bright hymn of glory, they can break forth into awe-inspiring cries and awaken the dead or doom the living with their fearful voices.

Hector Berlioz

John Steinbeck on The Arthurian Legend

I think my sense of right and wrong, my feeling of noblesse oblige, and any thought I may have against the oppressor and for the oppressed came from [Le Morte d’Arthur]….It did not seem strange to me that Uther Pendragon wanted the wife of his vassal and took her by trickery. I was not frightened to find that there were evil knights, as well as noble ones. In my own town there were men who wore the clothes of virtue whom I knew to be bad….If I could not choose my way at the crossroads of love and loyalty, neither could Lancelot. I could understand the darkness of Mordred because he was in me too; and there was some Galahad in me, but perhaps not enough. The Grail feeling was there, however, deep-planted, and perhaps always will be.

John Steinbeck

Barbie on stereotypes

You shouldn’t judge a cover by it’s book.

Barbie Concepcion

Lemmy on Death

People don’t become better when they’re dead; you just talk about them as if they are, but it’s not true! People are still assholes, they’re just dead assholes! … I didn’t have a really important life, but at least it’s been funny. (2002)

Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good. (2013)

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister

Johannes Kepler on Divinity

Geometry, which before the origin of things was coeternal with the divine mind and is God himself.

Johannes Kepler

Bruce Sterling on the Ashley Madison Hack

“I hope the Chinese aren’t collating the Ashley Madison data with their handy federal list of every American with a security clearance.”

Bruce Sterling

The Conquered Banner, 1865

Furl that banner, softly, slowly!

Treat it gently—it is holy–
For it droops above the dead.
Touch it not—unfold it never,
Let it droop there, furled forever,
For its people’s hopes are dead!

–Father Abram Joesph Ryan