“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
The genius that was Vincent Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890). The Dutch post-impressionist had such a gift with his art and I’ve always been a huge fan. You can find two more of his quotes here and here.
Frasier: She is nice. Intelligent, accomplished. Daphne: Well, if you think so much of her why don’t you ask her out? Frasier: Well, we agreed we wouldn’t pursue things. Frankly, she hasn’t given me any indication since that she’s even had a second thought about me. Niles: Added to which, if Frasier did pursue her and she rejected him, he could hardly rationalise it by saying she doesn’t know what she’s missing. She would know exactly what she’s missing – she just didn’t miss it!
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce with another example of the blistering wit in the much-loved Seattle-based sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004). No other show show has been quoted more in my blog, starting with this one back in the first week.
But life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last
Musical polymath Prince who sadly passed away yesterday due to pneumonia. The extraordinarily gifted and hugely influential 57 year-old continually reinvented himself and was one of music’s true pioneers.
From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; I could not bring My passions from a common spring. From the same source I have not taken My sorrow; I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone; And all I loved, I loved alone.
The opening lines of the poem Alone (1829), written by tortured Gothic genius Edgar Allan Poe when he was 20 years old.
(Narrating) But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.
Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) in Amadeus (1984)
I’ve done two quizzes on film set in New York (part 1part 2) so it’s only fair to do one for one of the city’s most famous natives. Stanley Kubrick is truly one of the most admired, acclaimed and visionary directors to ever have stood behind the camera. See how many of the films below you can get.