Sayings to contemplate

       These words of wisdom help me to remember what is important in life and in learning. Reflecting on them every now and then, helps me to prepare myself for teaching. 

"One sees with the heart, not with the eyes. What is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de St. Exupery

"Practice slowly, then more slowly, and finally, slowly." - Camille Saint-Saens

"Perfection in any skill cannot be attained unto without the waste of many yeares, much cost, and excessive labour and industrie."

"The only good teachers for you are those friends who love you, who think you are interesting or very important or wonderfully funny; whose attitude is: 'tell me more. Tell me all you can. I want to understand more about everything you feel and know and all the changes inside  and out of you. Let more come out.'" - Brenda Ueland

"We are not here to see through one another. We are here to see one another through."

"We cannot do great things. Only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

"If you keep your body relaxed, the body is in contact with the depths of your soul...is that clear? Because it's quite important." - pianist Claudio Arrau

"Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating."- John Cleese

"Teaching can only be satisfactory if it awakens some response in you" - Agatha Christie

"Life beats down and crushes the soul - and Art reminds you that you have one." - Stella Adler

"Our struggle for better knowledge brings us neither medals nor honor, only joy. This is why musicians are happy. They live with beauty which is always pleasant but never easy." - Gregor Piatigorsky