some long to be carved of stone
alas i am mud, dirt swirled with water
i choose to be remade
over and over and over
the first time being a mistake.

What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself.

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.

–Ludwig V Beethoven