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A word of advice from Albert Einstein



I first came upon this quote in the “Spiritual Warmups” section of Paula Robison’s Flute Warmups Book.  I have often though of it since, when I am hit with a case of I-Don’t-Wanna-Practice Syndrome:

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

I’m sorry I don’t have more time this week for a longer post, but since that quote pretty much says it all (after all, Einstein was a genius), I’ll leave it at that for now.

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“A word of advice from Albert Einstein”

  1. On April 12th, 2009 at 8:43 pm Beth Larsen Says:

    I love, love, LOVE your practice notebook website!!!! I’ve already sent the link to all my private students. You have some wonderful insights into the “mystery of practicing” and your writing is interesting and fun. Thanks for doing this. I’m gonna start my practice notebook tomorrow am! THANKS for some sorely needed inspiration!

    Beth Larsen
    P.S. I have a ton of work to do on my website, so if you take a look at it, please know that I’m still a neophyte.

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