The great 20th century composer Olivier Messiaen was born 100 years ago today. Here are a few quotes:
I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none.
My faith is the grand drama of my life. I’m a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith.
The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.