'As Beethoven composed his lyrics with his spirit, it became superb. As john Miltion wrote his works, it became masterpiece, As August Rodin sculpted stones, it became living figures, As william shakespeare wrote his poetry, it became marvelous, as Leonardo da vinci made paintings, it became the greatest art. As Goethe wrote philosophy, it became universal so do something in an unique way that will dazzle the whole world like them'
Rock & roll doesn't necessarily mean a band. It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really.... It's that question of trying to be immortal.
(Malcolm McLaren (b. 1946), British rock impresario. transcript of discussion, Sept. 24, 1988, New York City. "Punk and History," Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, eds. Russell Ferguson et al. (1990).)
Poets should be lawgivers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead, the civil code, and the day's work. But now the two things seem irreconcilably parted.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Prudence," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)