WHO SAID IT: George Balanchine or George Harrison?

(1) “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there”

(2) “It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

(3) “Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are not other times. There is only now. Right now.”

(4) “First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty, if you’re very lucky and have said your prayers.”

(5) “With every mistake, we must surely be learning.”

(6) “I think people who truly can live a life in music are telling the world, ‘You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don’t need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it’s the very best, and it’s the part I give most willingly”

(7) “I remember thinking I just want more. This isn’t it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.”

(8) “Avant Garde is French for bullshit.”

“The Quiet Beatle.”

(9) “Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet. It’s great when I’m in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?”

(10) “I don’t have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of the present, just as the future is. We exist in time.”

(11) “All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn’t matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One’s values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.”

(12) “The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.”

(13) “Gossip is the Devil’s radio: Don’t be a broadcaster.”

(14) “My mum did encourage me, perhaps most of all by never discouraging me from anything I wanted to do. If you tell kids not to, they’re going to do it in the end anyway. I’d finished all that staying-out-all-night-drinking bit when everybody else came to it. Probably why I don’t like alcohol today. I had it all by the age of 10.”

(15) “Your eyes is camera and your brain is a file cabinet.”

(16) “My muse must come to me on union time.”

(17) “I am not a man, but a cloud in trousers.”

(18) “My job is to make the beautiful more beautiful.”

(19) “Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by nature.”

(20) “Experience is the main reason why we’re here, I think, in the world – to gain experience. And from our experience we gain knowledge… and if we get any knowledge, then we gain liberation.”

(21)  “Don’t think, do.”

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  • Kevin Sessums is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain.

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