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ChoralNet: Musical Quotations

Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 16:44:46 -0700
From: tgear(a) (Thomas W. Gear)
Subject: compilation of good quotes #1

Dear Chefs des chore:

Here are all the responses I have received so far. I have also
been skimming the archives, because many of you have pithy sayings in your
signature fields. If more keep coming in, I will post again. (I hope thats
all right.)
Many of your suggestions have sparked my memory, so I will be searching
through a few sources myself, such as Nietzsche, Rilke, Vincent Peale.

Keep them coming. If you have a longish one, just take it off the wall and
fax it. (816)886-2669

Thank you to the following contributers:
Rebecca R. Winnie, T. Dave Pugh
David V. Hinck Dennis Cox
Benjamin Kornelis James Haygood
T. Ronan Craig Klampe
Steve Burton Dan Boyle
John Howell Steve Kujawa
Rich Messenger David O Castonguay
James H. Gall Ted Reid
Craig KlampeAnyway.

The difficult must become habitual.
The habitual must become natural.
The natural must become beautiful.
The beautiful will become magical.
--Author unknown.

"Do What Was Rehearsed!"

"The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a
bit longer." --motto of the Air Force Academy

"The only thing one needs to know about musical contests is that Mozart
never won one!"

>"Though my soul may set in darkness,
>It will rise in perfect light,
>I have loved the stars too fondly
>To be fearful of the night."

--source unknown.

Nothing exists without music, for the universe itself is said to have been
framed by a kind of harmony of sounds, and the heaven itself revolves under
the tones of that harmony. -Isodore of Seville

The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their
origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention:
the need for rhythm in life... the need is a deep one, transcending thought,
and disregarded at our peril. -Richard Baker

In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony
which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science
without that sense of harmony. -Albert Einstein

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

Song is the pen of the soul. -Rabbi Chaim Drizin

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold

Music is indivisible. The dualism of feeling and thinking must be resolved
to a state of unity in which one thinks with the heart and feels with the
brain. -George Szell

The essence of all art is having pleasure giving pleasure.
-Mikhail Baryshinikov

Any great work of art... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure
of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that
world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its
strange, special air.
-Leonard Bernstein

When words leave off, music begins. -Heinrich Heine

Music is the universal language of mankind. -Henry Wadsworth

Without music, life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Rhythm and melody enter into the soul of the well-instructed youth and
produce there a certain mental harmony hardly obtainable in any other way.

I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than
all wisdom and philosophy. -Ludwig van Beethoven

Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its
own, and utterly without meaning... except its own. -Leonard

Nothing on earth is so well suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to
give courage to the despairing, to make the proud humble, to lessen envy and
hate, as music. -Martin Luther

Music, the mosaic of the air. -Andrew Marvell

Music is the medicine of the mind. -John Logan

Art is the triumph over chaos. -John Chevver

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Five Goals
High School
Choral Music Student

1. To become a skillful and acute listener

2. To become a kind, caring, positive ensemble member

3. To become a competent user of musical notation

4. To become a sensitive and spirited performer

5. To taste the feeling of being a part of great music

* * * * * * * * *

It is music's lofty mission to
shed light on the depths
of the human heart.

-Robert Schumann

A poet must write, an artist
must paint, and musicians
must make music if they are
to be at peace within themselves.
What we can be, we must be.--
Howard Swan

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding,
he sings." -- Ed Gardner

Ars Longa Vita Brevis
(art takes a long time, and life is short)

What does not kill me makes me stronger.
--Friedrich Nietzshe

I know a way to stay friends forever
There's really nothing to it
I tell you what to do
And you do it.
--Shel Silverstein

Singing is such an excellent thing, that I wish all people would sing.
--William Byrd

"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

"Each person entering this room does so with a commitment to
excellence. Thereby excellence is attained and maintained."

"If we all did the things
we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

"People who never get carried away should be."


The only place where "success" comes before "work " is in the dictionary."
Gore Vidal

"I think I can, I think I can." The Little Engine that Could

If you think you can, then you can. If you think you can't, you're right.
--Mary Kay

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt.

90% of life is showing up.

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that
sing the best.--Henry David Thoreau

I must study politics and war
that my sons may have liberty
to study mathematics and philosophy...
in order to give their children a right
to study painting, poetry and music
--John Adams

Music will save the world
--Pablo Casals

Thomas W. Gear
Marhsall High School
Marshall, Missouri

Thomas W. Gear vox: (816)886-2244
Marshall High School fax:(816)886-2669
Marshall,Missouri tgear(a)

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 15:21:11 -0700
From: tgear(a) (Thomas W. Gear)
Subject: choral quotes II

Dear Dirigents:

I asked all of you for good quotes to put on my classroom walls that are
inspirational or about the importance of music. Thanks to the many
responders. I hope that others with be able to use this resource as well.

There are four sections on this posting:
A bibliography of quotation sources,
Some activities to do with quotes,
second batch of quotations.

Again, thank you all very much.

Thomas W. Gear
Marshall, Missouri

Books with good quotations about music:

_THE MUSIC LOVER'S QUOTATION BOOK_ - Kimball, Peterson & Johnson

_A Dictionary of Musical Quotations_ edited by Ian
Crofton and Donald Fraser. [Schirmer Books,1985]
ISBN # 0-02-906530-5 (hard back)
0-02-870622-6PB (paper).

_You Need Music_[ 1940?]

Activities to use with quotes.

I have set most of them to a rap-kind of beat and I teach one a week to my
kids. By the middle of the year they usually have about 12-15 memorized.
I think they are good ideas to "implant" in their brains.(.^.)

Poster contest.

Write an essay or reaction paper interpreting a quote.

Students make up an aphorism.

Thanks very much to the following Contributors:

Eleanor Koh Greg Lapp
Barbara D. Lee Roy L. Klassen
Joel Pressman Janice P. Smith
Meredith R. Taylor Eleanor Koh
Greg Lapp MStookes(a)
Vivos(a) Katharyn Wilson


Without music, life would be a mistake. ...I would only believe in a God
that knew how to dance.

Music is essentially useless, as life is.

Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as
physics, chemistry or money.

Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the
passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the
greatest encouragement.

Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of
the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle
of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a
complete fool.

On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.

Music is love in search of a word.

Only become a musician if there is absolutely no other way you can make
a living.

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions
life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, but I'd try a revolver

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.

He who sings scares away his woes.

Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory.

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
Sarah Williams

"Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God"
-Martin Luther

" Music expresses that which cannot be put into words
and cannot remain silent."

------Victor Hugo

Jia Hwei -- " Music is the voice of the soul "

A good defense for tours:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

Singing is thinking is singing is thinking is singing--
Jameson Marvin

Discipline is remembering what you want.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

A mind stretched to a new idea can never go back to its original

No guts, no glory.

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

"A new dimension of our spiritual growth can happen with each new level of
muscianship and maturity."

"We come to one mind through the gift of imagination...this results in the
deepening of the spirit."

"Music is a gift to open up our lives. Once a life is opened, regardless of
the length of time, the potenial for change will never be the same."

Thomas W. Gear vox: (816)886-2244
Marshall High School fax:(816)886-2669
Marshall,Missouri tgear(a)