„My purpose in performing is to communicate the joy I experience in living. “

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„It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth...as my life consists of nothing but those experiments.“

— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Context: It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth... as my life consists of nothing but those experiments. Introduction

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„The purpose of life... is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.“

— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
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„It [music] is the nourishment for my joy to live.“

— Yoko Shimomura Japanese video game composer 1967
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„If I had done nothing else in India I have written my name here, and the letters are a living joy.“

— George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston British politician 1859 - 1925
Letter to Mrs Curzon (4 April 1905) on his restoration of the Taj Mahal, quoted in David Gilmour, ‘ Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925) http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32680’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2011, accessed 1 Feb 2014.

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„My lovely living boy,
My hope, my hap, my love, my life, my joy.“

— Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas French writer 1544 - 1590
Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii. Compare: "My fair son! My life, my joy, my food, my all the world", William Shakespeare, King John, act iii. sc. 4.

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„I have lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I found purpose and meaning in your response.“

— Charlton Heston American actor 1923 - 2008
Context: I have lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I found purpose and meaning in your response. For an actor that is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life. For now, I'm not changing anything. I will insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you will know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

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„It is improper, to expressly pursue the Urlinie in performance and to single out its tones... for the purpose of communicating the Urlinie to the listener." Rather, "for the performer, the Urlinie provides, first of all, a sense of direction. It serves a somewhat equivalent function to that which a road map serves for a mountain climber.“

— Heinrich Schenker Austrian music theorist 1868 - 1935
Das Meisterwerk I, p. 196. Translated by Kalib, vol. 2, p. 147. Quoted in Burkhart, Charles (1983). "Schenker's Theory of Levels and Musical Performance", Aspects of Schenkerian Theory, Beach David, ed. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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„Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants“

— Pierre-Gilles de Gennes French Physicist 1932 - 2007
Context: Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants; on a pond at Clapham Common, he poured a small amount of oleic acid, a natural surfactant which tends to form a dense film at the water-air interface. He measured the volume required to cover all the pond. Knowing the area, he then knew the height of the film, something like three nanometers in our current units. This was to my knowledge the first measurement of the size of molecules. In our days, when we are spoilt with exceedingly complex toys, such as nuclear reactors or synchrotron sources, I particularly like to describe experiments of this Franklin style to my students. Surfactants allow us to protect a water surface, and to generate these beautiful soap bubbles, which are the delight of our children. "Soft Matter" Nobel lecture (9 December 1991) - full text in PDF format http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1991/gennes-lecture.html

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