„You need to love this with your heart and soul. You need to breathe music. My best advice — perform as much as you can. With every mistake, progress.“
— Keshia Chante Canadian actor and musician 1988
Interview with Shelia M. Goss, "Women In Music" at BellaOnline (2009) http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44926.asp
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
— Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
Context: The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. The great secret of action and victory is to be capable of living your life without ideals. Such is the sum of the whole world's wisdom. As quoted in The Ibsen Calendar : A Quotation from the Works of Henrik Ibsen for Every Day (1913) by C. A. Arfwedson
— Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost
„Live with that faith that your body and your soul do not belong to you. Then God will share the suffering that comes to you. Place your trust in God all the time; in every moment say, “O God, this is Your property, Your duty.” One who was born as a man and has lived as a man will exist in this state. For whatever happens he will say with contentment and gratitude, “All praise belongs to God, al-hamdu lillah.” For what might come in the next moment, he will say, “It is Your responsibility, O Allah, tawakkul-‘alallah,” and praise Him.“
— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Sri Lankan Sufi leader 1900 - 1986
„O, lonely tomb in Moab's land,
O, dark Bethpeor's hill,
Speak to these curious hearts of ours,
And teach them to be still!
God hath His mysteries of grace —
Ways that we cannot tell;
He hides them deep, like the secret sleep,
Of him He loved so well.“
— Cecil Frances Alexander British hymn-writer and poet 1818 - 1895
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 280.
„The big secret in life is there is no secret. Whatever your goal. You can get there if you're willing to work.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
Context: There is no worse sickness for the soul, O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection. The heart and eyes must bleed a lot before self-complacency falls away.
„The greying east brightened, metamorphosed to pink, then red, and then the giant ball of fire rose out of the blackened hills. Across the desolation lay a supreme indifference, the casualness of night and another day, and yet the secret intimacy of those hills, their silent consoling wonder, made death a thing of no great importance. You could die, but the desert would hide the secret of your death, it would remain after you, to cover your memory with ageless wind and heat and cold.“
— John Fante 1909–1983; American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Italian descent 1909 - 1983
„How do you know, poor fool? Perhaps out there, somewhere, someone is sighing for your absence'; and with this thought, my soul begins to breathe.“
— Francesco Petrarca, Petrarch: The Canzoniere, or Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta
„I got God on my side.
I'm just trying to survive.
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love?
Fear's a powerful thing;
It can turn your heart black you can trust.
It'll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust“
— Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter 1949
"Devils & Dust"