Marguerite de Valois: Cut the matter short

“The woman who does not choose to love should cut the matter short at once, by holding out no hopes to her suitor.”

—Marguerite de Valois.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Only music

“Only music clarifies, reconciles, and consoles. But it is not a straw just barely clutched at. It is a faithful friend, protector, and comforter, and for its sake alone, life in this world is worth living. Who knows, perhaps in heaven there will be no music. So let us live on the earth while we still have life!”

—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.