Friday, January 2, 2009

Book by Book { II }

Few more witty passages/quotations I would like to share :

A horse does not understand that it has been born into the world to pull carts. It thinks it is here to be beaten. It thinks of a cart a huge object it is tied to so that it cannot run away while it is being beaten. - J.M. Coetzee

If a lady of means really wants an artistic husband, a composer is about the best bet, I imagine. Painters are notoriously unfaithful, and they don't age gracefully. They dry up and sour. Sculptors are of an incredible stupidity. Poets are either too violent or too tame, and terrifyingly expensive. Also, due to the exhausting nature of their early lives, they are likely to be impotent after forty. Pianists and singers are megalomaniacs; conductors worse. Besides, executants don't stay home enough. The composer, of all art-workers in the vineyard, has the prettiest manners and ripens the most satisfactorily. His intellectual and his amorous powers seldom give out completely before death. His musical powers not
uncommonly increase. - Virgil Thomson, Music Right and Left

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. - Thomas Fuller

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