Oily Fingers Playing the Piano

by zunguzungu

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1837): “It is one of those fables, which, out of an unknown antiquity, convey an unlooked-for wisdom, that the gods, in the beginning, divided Man into men, that he might be more helpful to himself; just as the hand was divided into fingers, the better to answer its end.”

Booker T. Washington (1895): “In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”

Mao Tse-tung (1946) “Members of Party committees must learn to “play the piano” well…In playing the piano all ten fingers are in motion; it won’t do to move some fingers only and not others. But if all ten fingers press down at once, there is no melody. To produce good music, the ten fingers should move rhythmically and in co-ordination.”

Chinua Achebe (1960):  “If one finger brings oil, it soils all the others.”