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Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

CALVIN COOLIDGE
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Frederick Busch

You go to dark places so that you can get there, steal the trophy, and get out. That is more important than to be psychologically safe.

FREDERICK BUSCH
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Leonard Bernstein

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time. The wait is simply too long.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN
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Leo Tolstoy

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.

LEO TOLSTOY
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W.H. Auden

If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves.… The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Brünnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.

W.H. AUDEN
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