Quotes: The Man in the Arena

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

Quotes: infinity

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.

「拿鋼琴來說,
鍵盤有始有終,你知道有88個鍵,錯不了。
並不是無限的,音樂是無限的。
在琴鍵上,你可以奏出無限的音樂。我喜歡,我能應付得來。
下了船後,前面的鍵盤有無數的琴鍵。事實如此,無窮無盡!
鍵盤是無限的,無限大的鍵盤,你要怎麼彈出音樂?
這不是給凡人彈的,那是上帝的鋼琴。」

―from movie La Leggenda del Pianista sull’Oceano (The Legend of 1900/海上鋼琴師)

Quotes: experiences as purposes

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma – but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.

―Alfred Adler

(無論任何經驗,它本身並不是成功也不是失敗的原因。我們不要因自身經驗所產生的衝擊(也就是心理創傷)而痛苦,而要由經驗中找出能夠達成目的的東西。不要由經驗來決定自我,而是由我們賦予經驗的意義來決定。

―阿德勒,節錄自岸見一郞、古賀史健著 《被討厭的勇氣》 )