Irene Nemirovsky ~ On Music
“...for music alone can abolish differences
of language or culture between two people and invoke something indestructible within them.”
Irene Nemirovsky ― Suite Francaise 
Irene Nemirovsky ~ A Goodbye
“Adieu," he said, "this is goodbye. I'll never forget you, never."
She stood silent. He looked at her and saw her eyes full of tears. He turned away.
At this moment she wasn't ashamed of loving him, because her physical desire had gone and all she felt towards him now was pity and a profound, almost maternal tenderness. She forced herself to smile. "Like the Chinese mother who sent her son off to war telling him to be careful 'because war has its dangers,' I'm asking you, if you have any feelings for me, to be as careful as possible with your life."
Because it is precious to you?" he asked nervously.
Yes. Because it is precious to me.”
Irene Nemirovsky - Suite Francaise
Dostoevsky ~ A Voice From Beneath The Daylight World
"The more conscious I was of goodness and of all that was 'sublime and beautiful', the more deeply I sank into my mire and the more ready I was to sink in it altogether."
Fyodor Dostoevsky
b. 1821 (Russia), d.1881
Anais Nin ~ On Music
"Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together."
~Anais Nin
Photos by Peter and Alice Gowland
Bukowski ~ On Loneliness
“I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful -- awful beyond all -- but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me...or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude. It's being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I'll quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone." I've never thought, "Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I'll feel good." No, that won't help. You know the typical crowd, "Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?" Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!”
Charles Bukowski
Victor Hugo ~ The Importance Of Music
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. "
~Victor Hugo
Bach ~ On Music
"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”
Johann Sebastian Bach
German composer and musician (1685-1750)
E.m. Forster ~ Life Is A Spectacle
"I don't die - I don't fall in love. And if other people die or fall in love they always do it when I'm not there. You are quite right; life to me is just a spectacle..."
E.M. Forster (1879-1905)
Andre Breton ~ Are We Lost In Time?
“The important thing is that man is lost in time, in the moment that immediately precedes him - which only attests, by reflection, to the fact that he is lost in the moment that follows”
Andre Breton
André Breton was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism.

Photo by Man Ray (1930)
Fernando Botero ~ The Need Of Art
“A painted landscape is always more beautiful than a real one, because there's more there. Everything is more sensual, and one takes refuge in its beauty. And man needs spiritual expression and nourishing. It's why even in the prehistoric era, people would scrawl pictures of bison on the walls of caves. Man needs music, literature, and painting-all those oases of perfection that make up art-to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life.”