The following quotes have become a part of my own philosophy.

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. (Frank Zappa)

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. (Albert Einstein)

The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth. (Peter Abelard)

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. (Albert Einstein)

The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. (John Ruskin)

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. (Albert Einstein)

The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.(Albert Einstein)

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds...(Albert Einstein)

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. (Albert Einstein)

There is only consciusness. There is no individual apart from consciousness who is conscious.(Adyashanti)

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. (Albert Einstein)

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion. (Steve Weinberg, physicist)

'When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from
a delusion it is called Religion. (Robert M. Pirsig)

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satysfying and reassuring. (Carl Sagan)


Some of my own thoughts:

Art is a sublime form of chaos. (Jann Castor)

To all filmmakers hiring a composer
: When you hire Pablo Picasso, you don't tell him how to paint a picture. I am no Pablo, no Stravinsky, but I sure know how to deliver a score for your film that makes even Albert Einstein put his socks back on. (he never wore socks, by the way...).
(Jann Castor)

I talked to God recently. He told me, he doesn't exist. (Jann Castor)

I don’t aspire to be anything, for me it is all about fun and self expression. That requires no challenges, minimal effort, and usually, having such attitude, it bears the most ripe fruit. It is a journey.
Let’s not forget about the sense of humor. I happen to believe that it is the most important ingredient in the kitchen. Art should not be treated too seriously, neither should life. (Jann Castor)

There are dreams in music beyond life and death joining them as one. To answer their calling is to become a fearless virtuoso. (Jann Castor)

Freedom is a choice, not a coercion. (Jann Castor)

Be your own soul - and then - you do not have to worry about winning. (Jann Castor)

We could become creators without fear and doubt like masterful Gods.. All it takes is what we already are.

Religion, of any kind, is just a leap of faith. You are entitled to it, and free to leave my classroom to hear the gospel in churches. Science is more than just faith, it embraces not only quests of the mystics, but also the human spirit with its unbounded quest for knowledge. (Jann Castor)

Knowledge and Science is not a subject to a democratic process.You don’t get to vote whether the birds can fly, and you don’t get to vote whether gravity happens or not. (Jann Castor)

There is no "higher" consciousness. Otherwise, there would have to be "lower", which defies the notion of consciousness all together. Consciousness does not come in installments - wake up then, and good morning. (Jann Castor)

Science does not require faith. Faith does not require science.
Religion of any kind was, is and will remain a sad chapter in the history of not just a human kind, but the world itself.
(Jann Castor)

I am listening to REQUIEM by Mozart. It’s a piece of music that is a like a living form of energy, giving us a glimpse of what we describe as “divinity”, or “higher consciousness”. It uses simple tools - there is an orchestra, violins, basses, voices - tools that emanate the greatness and immensity of his creative forces, translating the energy of a human spirit into something even bigger than what our religions ever offered us.

Church, and possibly all religions (?) as well, represent a form of bureaucracy between Men and God. However you define God, it is your business, and so it is mine.

Music, art, comes from us and is not dictated by Gods, as many might believe. It is a notion of feeble minds to think it is.
(Jann Castor)

Church believes in GOD, but GOD does not believe in Church. Church, of any kind, is a misguided and poor delineation of human embracement of the Universe, it has always been that way. I go there sometimes only to listen to the ambience and reverb it provides for my whisper. (Jann Castor)

Beethoven's 9th. I only believe in God when I listen to it. Or.... when I see an ass of a beautiful woman. What...Am I too smutty for you? (Jann Castor)

I have this blissful weakness, not being able to resist a female singing voice, following it blindly to the point where I could drown myself in it with no regret, as this ultimate bondage of Art and Beauty imposed on me, is the sweetest death and birth in one I could ever imagine. Just like Ulysses in Odyssey. Sirens.... they get you in trouble every time. (Jann Castor)

It is not that the first love is most important, but your last love is what counts the most. (inspired by Henryk Orlow, Polish doctor, may he rest in peace.)

If you give a rose to a woman, she becomes one. Even her thorns will caress you and draw no blood. It only depends how you give it. (Jann Castor)