The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

1. Trinity College Library, Ireland
2. Bibliotheque Nationale de France, France
3. The Library of El Escorial, Spain
4. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands
5. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland
6. Admont Abbey Library, Austria
7. Melk Monastery Library, Austria
8. Strahov Monastery Library, Czech Republic

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The mystery to me is how music has been used by humanity to take us beyond territory, beyond sexuality, into something that is transcendental.

David Attenborough in ‘When Björk met Attenborough’.

You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.

Anaïs Nin

"There are two principal parts of each personality: the conscious mind and the unconscious, and these are split and dispersed, in most of us, in countless ways and directions. The function of music, like that of any other healthy occupation, is to help to bring those separate parts back together again. Music does this by providing a moment when, awareness of time and space being lost, the multiplicity of elements which make up an individual become integrated and he is one."

John Cage

Antony and the Johnsons - Cut the World

"I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited."  
Sylvia Plath

my body is a cage

that keeps me from dancing with the one i love

but my mind holds the key