Quotations About / On: SONG

  • 21.
    You can cage the singer but not the song.
    (Harry Belafonte (b. 1927), U.S. singer, civil rights activist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Oct. 3, 1988). On the arts in South Africa.)
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  • 22.
    We're buying this, but why do you sing the same sad songs all women sing?
    (Katharine S. White (1892-1977), U.S. editor and book reviewer. As quoted in Onward and Upward, Prologue, by Linda H. Davis (1986). White, Fiction Editor of the New York Times, sent this note to Phyllis McGinley in the 1940s, along with a check, when buying a skillful, but conventional, story she had submitted. According to McGinley's daughter, she later said "repeatedly" that this had "changed the direction of her whole career.")
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  • 23.
    Some of us prefer Austrian voices risen in song to ugly German threats.
    (Ernest Lehman (b. 1920), U.S. screenwriter. Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), The Sound of Music, to Herr Zeller (1965).)
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  • 24.
    He has the prettiest love-songs for maids, so without bawdry, which is strange.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Servant, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 193-4. On Autolycus, who is peddling ballads.)
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  • 25.
    I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
    (Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet. Dreamthorp, "Men of Letters," (1863).)
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  • 26.
    “And, of course, that is what all of this is - all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs - that song, endlesly reincarnated - born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket 88, that Buick 6 - same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness.”
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    More quotations from: Nick Tosches
  • 27.
    For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
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    More quotations from: David Antin
  • 28.
    “Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”
    (― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom)
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  • 29.
    Poetry is a painted kind of romantic, but song lyrics are just a warped version of love that used to be.
    (AeranDawn)
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  • 30.
    Sometimes on our walk with God our steps get off beat thankful for God's song it helps us to get back in rhythm.
    (Tameeka Smith(2016))
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