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text 2017-06-26 22:06
Beethoven
Howards End - E.M. Forster

"It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man. All sorts and conditions are satisfied by it. Whether you are like Mrs. Munt, and tap surreptitiously when the tunes come— of course, not so as to disturb the others—; or like Helen, who can see heroes and shipwrecks in the music's flood; or like Margaret, who can only see the music; or like Tibby, who is profoundly versed in counterpoint, and holds the full score open on his knee; or like their cousin, Fräulein Mosebach, who remembers all the time that Beethoven is “echt Deutsch”; or like Fräulein Mosebach's young man, who can remember nothing but Fräulein Mosebach: in any case, the passion of your life becomes more vivid, and you are bound to admit that such a noise is cheap at two shillings. It is cheap, even if you hear it in the Queen's Hall, dreariest music-room in London, though not as dreary as the Free Trade Hall, Manchester; and even if you sit on the extreme left of that hall, so that the brass bumps at you before the rest of the orchestra arrives, it is still cheap."

Oh! Was Forster a fellow Beethoven fan? How fun!

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quote 2017-06-26 14:56
All happiness depends on courage and work.

—Honoré de Balzac

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quote 2017-06-25 15:02
I feel the closest to crazy when I'm disagreeing with the voice in my head.

—Mira Grant

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quote 2017-06-24 17:20
A word after a word after a word is power.

—Margaret Atwood

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quote 2017-06-23 19:51
The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.

—Erma Bombeck

 

[Or toilet paper, eh?  On the other hand, the odds of coming back with a new book are very high.]

 

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