The Decline Of Big Cats
The disappearance of species gets to me more than the news of human genocide. That reaction is probably wrong and out of balance, but… I figure that we humans do all sorts of crap to each other and as a species we are only as good as we act, and by and large we get what we deserve. But the other animals aren’t in that situation. To a large extent, they are at our mercy. And our mercy for the animal kingdom is pretty scarce these days.
Anger and shame - not sadness - are the proper responses here.
— Mr. O’Brien, The Tree of Life
Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental, symphonic orchestra. I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it’s not just random sound, it’s music. You’ve heard the expression ‘music of the spheres.’ Well, that’s a very literal phrase. In the [Bible] we read, ‘And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.’ That breath of life to me is the music of life, and it permeates every fiber of creation.
In one of the pieces of the Dangerous album, I say: ‘Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood.’ This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also govern the movement of the stars. The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution, and dissolution. It’s music, it’s rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It’s my purpose, it’s what I’m here for."
— Michael Jackson
‘I don’t very much believe in blood,’ said Samuel. ‘I think when a man finds good or bad in his children he is seeing only what he planted in them after they cleared the womb.’
‘You can’t make a race horse of a pig.’
‘No,’ said Samuel, ‘but you can make a very fast pig.’
‘No one hereabouts would agree with you. I think even Mrs. Hamilton would not.’
‘That’s exactly right. She most of all would disagree, and so I would not say it to her and let loose the thunder of her disagreement. She wins all arguments by the use of vehemence and the conviction that a difference of opinion is a personal affront. She’s a fine woman, but you have to learn to feel your way with her.’"
John Steinback, East of Eden
Brilliant dialogue on every page. Truly.