Olivier Messiaen Quote
“Some people say, How can you live without knowing? I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.”
The Meaning of It All (1999)
“If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.”
―Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume II, Collected and Edited by Henry Nelson Coleridge" (1836), p. 406, "Notes on Sir Thomas Browne's Vulgar Errors"
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Address at Stanford University (2005) - youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
“Nature is an aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the re-echo of higher strings within us.”
Variant translation: "Nature is an eolian harp - she is a musical instrument whose tones in turn are the keys of higher strings in us" - Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia [Das Allgemeine Brouillion] (1799), No. 966
Pensées (1842 edition), 7.31, translated by Katharine Lyttelton
Picture Source: WikipediaOlivier Messiaen
Born: December 10, 1908
Died: April 27, 1992 (aged 83)
Bio: Olivier Messiaen was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex ; harmonically and melodically it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations.