Sunday, March 8, 2009

Let the music out . . .

Today is the birthday of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935), an American jurist that served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1902 to 1932. He was often referred to in the Supreme Court as "The Great Dissenter" and he is considered one of the giants of American law.

"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Beware how you take away hope from another human being." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Have the courage to act instead of react." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"He has half the deed done who has made a beginning." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

On that note a Happy Birthday to Dick Hyman (born March 8, 1927, New York City), a noted jazz pianist and composer (he has recorded well over one hundred albums). Send your birthday greetings to his official website: I had the pleasure of working with him at the Jazz Collections of the Louisiana State Museum and it was a delightful experience. Happy Birthday to you!

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