"A fire broke out in the forest. All the animals were scared and fled, except for a small hummingbird. It flew to the nearest river and filled its small beak with a few drops of water, returned to the forest and dropped them on the fire. Back and forth it went. The other animals watched and mocked the hummingbird. “What are you doing?” the animals asked. “The fire is overwhelming—how can you make a difference? You are too little anyway.” The hummingbird answered, “I’m doing the best I can.”"
— Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmental activist, first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, born April 1, 1940
"In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores."
"When I went to bed as a child, I was told, 'You don't know where you'll wake up.' When I ran in the garden, I was told that running was bad for the heart. Everything had its sinister aspect - milk shrinks the stomach, lemon thins the blood."