Notable February 3 birthdays:

Felix Mendelssohn ( 1809 - 1847 ), German music composer, pianist, and conductor: "It's not that music is too imprecise for words, but too precise...Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God...This is what I think art is and what I demand of it: that it pull everyone in, that it show one person another's most intimate thoughts and feelings, that it throw open the window of the soul...The essence of beauty is unity in variety."

Norman Rockwell ( 1894 - 1978 ), American painter and illustrator: "The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back...Commonplaces never become tiresome. It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative. We find that it is not a new scene which is needed, but a new viewpoint...I just wanted to do something important."

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