(Why is this called 'Music For Reading'? I have no idea. I got the title in my head and it stuck. That should tell you a lot about me, or my brain, at least. I'll backform a suitably poetic reason soon, promise ♥)

Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.
-- Ray Bradbury

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
-- Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
-- Niels Bohr

I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force...my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.
-- Og Mandino

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
-- Winston Churchill

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
-- Aristotle

I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream.
-- Vincent van Gogh

Hate has shaped this world, but love will change it.
-- anonymous

I say embrace the total geek in yourself and just enjoy it. Life is too short to be cool.
-- Shirley Manson

Without music, life would be a mistake.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

You are the music while the music lasts.
-- T.S. Eliot

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
-- Plato

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
-- David Carradine

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka

Don't wait until people are dead to give them flowers.
-- Sean Covey

I am not bound to please thee with my answers.
-- William Shakespeare

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
-- Aldous Huxley

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
-- Isaac Asimov

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
-- Farmers' Almanac 1978

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is such a secret place, the land of tears...
-- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

A kind word warms for three winter months.
-- Chinese proverb

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-- unknown

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
-- Jules de Gautier

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
-- Groucho Marx

Your absence has gone through me
Like a thread though a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
-- W.S. Merwin

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
-- unknown

I have wasted thousands and thousands of kisses on you -- kisses that I thought were special because of your lips and your smile and all your color and life. I used to think that was the real you, when you smiled. But now I know you don't mean any of it...shame on me for kissing you with my eyes closed so tight.
- Faye, That Thing You Do!

I guess I'm everything they say I am, all right. I haven't any friends. That's supposed to prove I'm abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?
-- Clarisse, Fahrenheit 451

I leave matter to the engineers. To the poet belongs the spirit.
-- Leopold Sedar Senghor

Some of my best friends are yet to be born; some died a thousand years ago; and some are calling to me although we haven't yet heard of each other.
-- Paul R. Fleischman

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these things are what we stay alive for.
-- John Keating, Dead Poets Society

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus

All a poet can do today is warn.
-- Wilfred Owen

There may not always be poets, but there will always be poetry.
-- Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

I want health and healing and holding close. I want similar souls. I want passionate yeses. I want to hear jazz with my eyes closed, and dig my toes into the sand dancing. I want to climb to the summit and yell and sleep under the strars. I want to laugh my head off and play marbles and sleep in and eat croissants in bed with butter and marmalade and spill coffee and wear lace and trip holding your hand because I am listening so closely.
-- Sabrina Ward Harrison

I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
-- Jack Kerouac

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance: they make the latitudes and longitudes.
-- Henry David Thoreau

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
-- Isak Dinesen

You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.
-- Garrison Keillor

Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise are not learned; the learned are not wise.
-- Lao-Tze

But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
-- Aldous Huxley

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.
-- Ovid

I don't like hope very much. In fact, I hate it. It's the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard. It's bad news. The worst. It's sharp sticks and cherry bombs. When hope shows up, it's only a matter of time until someone gets hurt.
-- Jennifer Donnelly

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
-- Jack London

If you don't have much soul left and you know it, you still got soul.
-- Charles Bukowski

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-- Jack London