Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Good word

"The piano ... is capable of a rapidity and clarity of utterance of which the organ is incapable; and no other instrument but the organ approaches its resources in chords, range, and brilliance. Except the organ, it is the only self-supporting instrument; it can furnish absorbing employment for the four hands of two performers. The chief lack is the inability to swell a sustained tone, and some method of adding this final touch of human interest will doubtless be devised in time by some of the many minds engaged upon the problem."

-- Rupert Hughes, Music Lovers' Cyclopedia (1912)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Good word

"Women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake. But I do deny them my essence."

-- Sterling Hayden in Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb