Filmmaker Robert Bresson: "Not to use two violins when one is enough."
Mozart on his own concertos: "They hold the happy mean between the too difficult and the too easy. They are brilliant..., but they miss poverty."
This blogger-to-be, on the edge of a manuscript, 1981: "Everyone talks about having too many notes uptown and too few notes downtown. Isn't the real problem not that of having too many or too few rather that of having the wrong notes?"