Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
This quote emphasizes the importance of unity and coherence in an orchestra's performance. It states that, ultimately, what matters most to the audience is a synchronized beginning and ending. The quote implies that the nuances and mistakes that occur during a musical piece are relatively unimportant compared to the overall harmony and synchronization of the collective sound. It reminds us that the audience's main concern is the overall experience and the final result, rather than focusing on individual details or imperfections within the performance.
O, how wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul! The intellect of man sits enthroned visibly upon his forehead and in his eye; and the heart of man is written upon his countenance. But the soul reveals itself in the voice only; as God revealed himself to the prophet of old in the still, small voice; and in a voice from the burning bush. The soul of man is audible, not visible. A sound alone betrays the flowing of the eternal fountain, invisible to man!
To be charitable, one may admit that the religious often seem unaware of how insulting their main proposition actually is. Exchange views with a believer even for a short time, and let us make the assumption that this is a mild and decent believer who does not open the bidding by telling you that your unbelief will endanger your soul and condemn you to hell. It will not be long until you are politely asked how you can possibly know right from wrong. Without holy awe, what is to prevent you form resorting to theft, murder, rape, and perjury? It will sometimes be conceded that non-believers have led ethical lives, and it will also be conceded (as it had better be) that many believers have been responsible for terrible crimes. Nonetheless, the working assumption is that we should have no moral compass if we were not somehow in thrall to an unalterable and unchallengeable celestial dictatorship. What a repulsive idea!