Here's some live Chuck Berry from fairly early in his career (I'm guessing no later than the early sixties), performing one of his classic numbers for French TV:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I think there is definitely something to this line by the Italian chemist Primo Levi (1919-1987):
"The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one's country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession."
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Something to think about from the late UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961):
"Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided.
A mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world,
and the course of human history, have meaning."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Here's a memorable line from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, pere (1802-1870):
"It is the way of weakened minds to see everything through a black cloud. The soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of the future appears stormy and unpromising."
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Something to think about from the author and editor Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999):
"To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings."
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A harsh, but probably accurate, observation from one of the great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Petrach (Francesco Petrarca 1304-1374):
"Believe me, many things are attributed to gravity and wisdom which are really due to incapacity and sloth. Men often despise what they despair of obtaining. It is in the very nature of ignorance to scorn what it cannot understand, and to desire to keep others from attaining what it cannot reach. Hence the false judgments upon matters of which we know nothing, by which we evince our envy quite as clearly as our stupidity."
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Something to think about from the great Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC):
"All things are nourished together without their injuring one another. The courses of the seasons, and of the sun and moon, are pursued without any collision among them. The smaller energies are like river currents; the greater energies are seen in mighty transformations. It is this which makes heaven and earth so great."
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Here's a nicely optimistic perspective, from the former Canadiaan Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000):
"Perhaps the rediscovery of our humanity, and the potential of the human spirit which we have read about in legends of older civilizations, or in accounts of solitary mystics, or in tales of science fiction writers - perhaps this will constitute the true revolution of the future. The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us."
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Something to think about from the pen of Canadian critic Northrup Frye (1912-1991):
"There is no reason why a great poet should be a wise
and good man, or even a tolerable human being, but
there is every reason why his reader should be improved
in his humanity as a result of reading him."