The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.”John F. Kennedy
Excellence must be pursued and never assumed. Even the best of the best must continue to press towards greater achievements or find themselves stagnant and a statistic of the mediocre.
7/31/13 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”Aristotle
Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer
2/7/13 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
10/18/12 Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Raymond Chandler
10/1/12 Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.
- Vince Lombardi
8/23/12 Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.
Lester B. Pearson
8/13/12 Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and vision. It is the ability to see obstacles as opportunities.
8/3/12 Hard work spotlights the character of people:
some turn up their sleeves,
some turn up their noses,
and some don't turn up at all.
- Sam Ewig
“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.“
Clifford V. Smith- Past
President, General Electric Foundation
Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.
3/26/12 Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
3/19/12 If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ... I get most joy in life out of music.
-- Albert Einstein
3/5/12 It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer,
the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge
and does something about it.
- Vince Lombardi
2/13/12 The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high
and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.
2/6/12 Good Enough is Neither!