Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some things just can't be quoted

One of my favorite songs is “Everything About it is a Love Song” by Paul Simon, but you will not find any quotes from it on my site. Some things just can’t be quoted. An entire lifetime encapsulated into one short sweet song, a range of emotions melodized into less than four minutes. None of it can be extracted, and it can’t be concentrated into anything smaller — it is perfection of completeness, every drop of juice squeezed and every satisfaction exhausted. You’ve got to experience it in its entirety — listen to all the words, and the music and voice and spirit, and soak in everything all together for the full effect. Brimming with life, in the present moment, appreciative of all, fearless of death.

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” ~Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

“But quotation is useless when all is so excellent...” ~The Welsh Review, 1892

Monday, April 13, 2009

A second for gratitude

The Quote Garden has been online for 11 years, and I've come to realize how fortunate I am to have come in contact with so many wonderful people from all parts of the world. People who are like me, different than me, people who allow me to post their quotes, who make suggestions, whose nice compliments make my day, those who are helpful and those who give me something to think about and those whose joy for life is contagious, whose kindness and generosity inspire me. Thank you all, I know many of you have been regular visitors since the early years. I appreciate everyone's support, long-time and new friends as well!

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” ~William Ward