With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow nor an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to Choose.
(If Beethoven gives us the courage to fight, then Mozart gives us the infinite confidence.)
―傅雷， <傅雷音樂講堂>內 《独一无二的艺术家莫扎特》(一九五六年莫扎特誕辰２００週年文章)
Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.
音樂，即使在最恐怖的環境下，都不應該令耳朵受罪， 反而是要安撫它， 吸引它， 這才是音樂之道。
―Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
If something is not beautiful, it is probably not true.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
― Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic, quoted by Sorkin, Too Big to Fail
Take a piano. The keys begin, the keys end. You know there are 88 of them and no-one can tell you differently. They are not infinite, you are infinite. And on those 88 keys the music that you can make is infinite. I like that. That I can live by. But you get me up on that gangway and roll out a keyboard with millions of keys, and that’s the truth, there’s no end to them, that keyboard is infinite. But if that keyboard is infinite there’s no music you can play. You’re sitting on the wrong bench. That’s God’s piano.
―from movie La Leggenda del Pianista sull’Oceano (The Legend of 1900/海上鋼琴師)