From Jon Winokur’s book, The Portable Curmudgeon.
The chief objection to playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player.
— George Bernard Shaw
(I can’t find who said the following, but I concur: The reason bagpipe players walk while they play is to get away from the music.)
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
— Samuel Johnson
— Arturo Toscanini to his orchestra
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.” -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” -Winston Churchill, in response
“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” -Stephen Bishop
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” -John Bright
“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” -Irvin S. Cobb
“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” -Samuel Johnson
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating