...on the whole, though I never arrived at the Perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was by the Endeavor made a better and happier man than I otherwise should have been, if I had not attempted it.
--Benjamin Franklin

(Source:  Autobiography 1784, Ben Franklin, age 78)

I don't know of any place on the planet where playing really difficult music rather poorly is more valued than playing less demanding music beautifully.
--Robert Duke
(Source:  "Who Will Prepare the Next Generation of 'Three or More' Teachers? A Speech by Robert Duke as Reported by Andrew Hisey," American Music Teacher, October/November 1999)

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