Stephen Andrew Gill Hough, CBE
Born November 22, 1961
He is a British-born classical pianist, composer and writer. He became
an Australian citizen in 2005 and thus has dual nationality
He became the first classical music performer to be awarded a
MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent writers and scientists who
have made significant contributions in their fields. In 2009 he was named by
The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines as one of 20 living
polymaths. In 2010 he was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the
prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. He was a Governor
of the Royal Ballet Companies (The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School). He is a patron of the charity The Nightingale Project, which takes music and art into hospitals and of Music in Prisons (Irene Taylor Trust). He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to music. He was made an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2017. In 2018 he was made an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and if that is not enough he had a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Broadbent Gallery in London in October 2012.
My hope is for us all to listen better. There's so much wasted background noise in taxis, lifts and restaurants. It's a constant undercurrent of life and I'd love to reduce it. I don't think there's anything wrong with silence, particularly as a musician. Silence is very important. It's the soil from which everything we grow comes from. Unless we have a silence in good shape, then what comes out of that won't be healthy. It's always a musical consideration, but it's also important in life in general. It's something we find very difficult to do.
I fear how vilatile the world is -- everything has become so explosive, particularly thanks to the dramatisation of politics. Again, a little bit of silence would be incredibly useful!
- Stephen Hough, pianist
The first rule is never to travel when I’m pregnant with a book. I tend not to travel abroad when I’m writing, and even within this country I limit myself to three or four times a year. It doesn’t always work out, but that is my pattern. As for my day, I start at six a.m. with a forty-minute walk in the desert, summer and winter.
- Amos Oz, from an interview by Shusha Guppy in the Paris Review, 'The Art of Fiction No. 148', Issue 140, Fall 1996
Here’s to 1942, here’s to a year of toil—a year of struggle and peril, and a long step forward towards victory. May we all come through safe and with honour.
- Winston Churchill, January 01, 1942. On a train from Ottawa, Canada to Washington, D.C., USA, Churchill made this New Year’s toast to staff and reporters after summoning them to the dining car.
All for one, one for all.
- Alexandre Dumas best remembered for his novels 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo', was born on July 24, 1802. He died at the home of his son in Puys, France, on December 5, 1870.
Take reading and writing seriously. This job looks easy. It isn't. It's a craft . . . It takes will and patience and a tenacity beyond what you imagine now.
- M. Dressler, writer
There's got to be a way to clean your mind. There's got to be a way where you listen to only what is being said on the stage, in that acting space. In that, youve got to clear your mind. If you clear your mind, you can fill it with your character. If it is cluttered, if it is anxious, if you're thinking about your date, about your dinner, about filling your refrigerator, there's no room left. There's no room for the character you're trying to build. Does That make sense?
- Henry Winkler, from an interview by Jen Chaney, Vulture - August 16, 2018
Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts . . . good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.
- Michelle Obama
Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.
- Diana Ross
When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.