Concert Handbill Remarks

Every musician appreciates an enthusiastic audience, and every performer wants to do their best.  But, concert pressures and stresses frequently get in the way.  How about offering the musicians and ensembles some encouragement?  Got a favorite quote that'll do the trick?  Is there an inspirational message that always seems to help?  Include it in the concert handbill!  Your timely and positive remarks might help anxious musicians achieve excellence!  Here's how to do it:

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  2. Carefully craft a comment of 222 characters or less.
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What can we say in 222 characters or less?  See the paragraph below!
Please list the name to be included in the handbill remarks (or leave blank):
Please enter remarks to add to handbill here (<222 characters):
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Thank you for your kind and generous support!  NHME reserves the right to screen submissions for appropriateness.  Reasons and refunds for refusals may or may not be given by NHME.  Creative elements such as font choices, sizes, and colors are at the discretion of the concert program's designer.

How to say it in less than 222 Characters:

A 222 character message holds about 4 sentences or a brief paragraph of about 44 words.  An average sentence uses about 16 words, and words usually contain about 6 letters.  Here's an example:  

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Will Durant, Philosopher

The quote above, NHME's motto, is 154 characters.  The slightly longer version of the quote, shown below, uses 281 characters:

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Will Durant, American Philosopher

If we're having trouble getting under the character limit, make sure we're focusing on a single idea or purpose.  See it big; keep it simple.  Abbreviate when possible.  "Johann Sebastian Bach" can be J.S. Bach, Bach, or even JSB!   We can say a lot in under 222 characters - have fun!