A couple of cool quotes I’ve run into in my readings for my final class (Music) at New St. Andrews:
Yet I want to remind you again and again to make every effort to overcome the great difficulties of the study you have undertaken; and neither to become discouraged by hard work, nor to allow yourself to be deterred from unflagging industry by flattery of such skill as you have already achieved. If you will work thus you will be delighted to see the way in which light gradually illuminates what had been obscure and how in some manner the curtain of darkness seems to be drawn away.–The Study of Counterpoint, from Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum, trans. and ed. by Alfred Mann (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1965), pp. 48-49
If you run into difficulties, as can hardly be avoided, understand that the way to perfection is through hardship. Without an adversary one cannot be victorious, and for the contest one must arm oneself with unflagging zeal and steadfastness and patience.–ibid., pp. 112-113
I could have used this encouragement last term with the Math, but it has helped this term with the Music at least. One more week to go!