Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, the responsibility lies with you.
Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.
It is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.
Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.
His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even knowledge, was foolproof.
Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.