Italian violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini had a dream in which he sold his soul to the Devil. The piece he wrote upon waking, the “Devil’s Sonata,” was the best he ever wrote, though far inferior to the one he heard in his dream.
English chemist Humphry Davy discovered nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), and suggested that it may have use as an anesthetic.
Thomas Alva Edison created his first invention, an electric vote recorder. After it failed to sell, he decided to devote his energy to inventions for which there was a market.
French mathematician Evariste Galois developed group theory (and many other theorems) before his death at the age of 21.
College dropout Steven Jobs co-founded Apple Computer.
Uhm, gonna try my best guys!
Time to get serious, I guess. I got less than a month to make something happen!
(x) stayed single for the whole year ( ) made out in/on a car ( ) kissed in the snow ( ) celebrated Halloween ( ) kissed in the rain ( ) had your heart broken ( ) broke someone else’s heart (x) had a stalker ( ) went over the minutes on your cell phone ( ) had a good relationship with someone ( ) someone questioned your sexual orientation ( ) gotten pregnant ( ) had an abortion ( ) have a relationship with someone you’ll never forget (x) done something you’ve regretted ( ) lost faith in love ( ) kissed under a mistletoe
OTHER ( ) painted a picture ( ) wrote a poem ( ) ran a mile ( ) shopped at Hollister or Abercrombie and Fitch (x) posted a blog (x) listened to music you couldn’t stand ( ) went to a sleepover ( ) went camping ( ) threw a surprise party (x) laughed till you cried ( ) laughed till you peed in your pants ( ) visited a foreign country (x) cut in a line of waiting people (x) told someone you were busy when you weren’t ( ) partied to celebrate the new year ( ) cooked a disastrous meal (x) lost something/someone important to you
In 2009 I… (x) broke a promise (x) lied ( ) went behind your parents back ( ) cried over a broken heart ( ) disappointed someone close (x) hid a secret (x) pretended to be happy ( ) slept under the stars ( ) kept your new years resolution ( ) forgot your new years resolution (x) met someone who changed your life (x) met one of your idols (x) changed your outlook on life (x) sat home all day doing nothing ( ) pretended to be sick ( ) left the country ( ) almost died ( ) given up something important to you ( ) lost something expensive (x) learned something new about yourself (x) tried something you normally wouldn’t try and liked it (x) made a change in your life (x) found out who your true friends were (x) met great people ( ) stayed up til sunrise ( ) cried over the silliest thing ( ) was never home on weekends ( ) got into a car accident (x) had friends who were drifting away from you ( ) had someone close to you die ( ) had a high cell phone bill ( ) spent most of your money on food ( ) had a fist fight ( ) went to the beach with your best friend (x) saw a celebrity (x) gotten sick ( ) liked more than 5 people at the same time ( ) became closer with a lot of people
“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”—(via) (via birds-planes-trains-cars) (via sus) (via constellation) (via allymack) (via wishforme) (via itsblitz) (via shimmerandrot) (via iampirate) (via tulletulle)
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Bessie Anderson Stanley (via misswallflower)