It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
Victor Hugo (Intellectual Autobiography)

It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.
Victor Hugo (William Shakespeare, 1864)

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo (William Shakespeare, 1864)

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

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Music has a lovely tendency of making you forget about everything, and in this very forgetting what remains is only the immediate musical experience. All your troubles and fears about the past, present or future simply dissolve when one really gives oneself to the muses. As de Cervantes said, “He that sings frightens away his ills.” and I bet Victor Hugo would agree with the Spanish novelist!

Singing or playing music is a great way of empowering your direct experience. Because it naturally blocks out all those superfluous notions about how life should be. The melodies and the harmonies automatically bring you in to a state of presence, and in this state of presence life is at its highest! Sing and see what happens, even if you consider yourself to be a lousy singer!

Daniel 🙂


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