He who studies without passion will never become anything more than a pedant. We must approach knowledge from the inside; inspired by passion.
Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody’s ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.
Jazz buffs with glorious vocabularies wrote long and often boring tributes to the pulchritudinous Lady Day, her phrasing and incredibly intricate harmonics. I would remember forever the advice of a lonely sick woman, with a waterfront mouth, who sang pretty songs to a twelve-year-old boy.
Dr. Maya Angelou, recounting Billie Holiday’s death in The Heart of a Woman.