Home is where you struggle, in a world of endless struggle, to become the best you can be, and it becomes home in your heart only if one day you can look back and say that, in spite of all your faults and failures, it was in this special place where you began to see, however dimly, the shape of your soul.
I'd had much practice turning my mind away from certain memories of my childhood. I could quickly dial her remembered voice from a whisper to a silence.
I just want to tell good stories. Or write advertising copy.
Whatever task you've taken, whatever fight you're facing, you must bring to it nothing less than everything you've got, or otherwise you'll fail for sure and always wonder what might have been if only you had given your all.
We hold each other hostage to our eccentricities.
If you're going to keep the music in you, Jonah, you've got to play a little bit every day purely for the pleasure. Otherwise, you'll lose the joy of it, and if you lose the joy, you won't sound good to those who know piano--or to yourself.