When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God, can not long retain it.
There is only one optimist. He has been here since man has been on this earth, and that is man himself. If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn't be here. We have survived it on our optimism.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
"I object to background music no matter how good it is. Composers want people to listen to their music, they don't want them doing something else while their music is on. I'd like to get the guy who sold all those big businessmen the idea of putting music in the elevators, for he was really clever. What on earth good does it do anybody to hear those four or eight bars while going up a few flights." Quoted in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, ISBN 0028645812