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Quotations About / On: SONG

  • 21.
    The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.
    (Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. repr. In The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986). "Abortion," Sunday Times (London, May 21, 1972).)
  • 22.
    I think you overestimate our dear Viennese, my friend. Do you know you didn't even give them a good bang at the end of songs, to let them know when to clap.
    (Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), Amadeus, to Mozart (Tom Hulce), explaining why the public didn't embrace his opera, The Marriage of Figaro (1984).)
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  • 23.
    Old age cannot be cured. An epoch or a civilization cannot be prevented from breathing its last. A natural process that happens to all flesh and all human manifestations cannot be arrested. You can only wring your hands and utter a beautiful swan song.
    (Renee Winegarten (b. 1922), British author, critic. "The Idea of Decadence," Commentary (New York, Sept. 1974).)
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  • 24.
    Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month.
    (John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) to L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), Rear Window (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.)
  • 25.
    The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death.
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Plexus, ch. 17 (1963). Miller was discussing Nietzsche and Spengler.)
  • 26.
    None but a maid is roused by a love song. And this was a maid, an old maid.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
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  • 27.
    In song and dance man expresses himself as a member of a higher community: he has forgotten how to walk and speak and is on the way toward flying up into the air, dancing.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter 1980. Basic Writings of Nietzsche, p. 37, trans. and ed. By Walter Kaufmann, New York, Modern Library (1968). The Birth of Tragedy, section 1 (1872).)
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  • 28.
    Music is so much a part of their daily lives that if an Indian visits another reservation one of the first questions asked on his return is: "What new songs did you learn?"
    (Federal Writers' Project Of The Wor, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Minnesota: A State Guide (The WPA Guide to Minnesota), p. 39, in "First Americans," Viking Press (1938). On the modern Chippewa; drawn from Frances Densmore, Chippewa Music, Bulletin 45, Bureau of American Ethnology.)
  • 29.
    Dylan is to me the perfect symbol of the anti-artist in our society. He is against everything—the last resort of someone who doesn't really want to change the world.... Dylan's songs accept the world as it is.
    (Ewan MacColl (1915-1989), British folk singer, songwriter. Also quoted in Robert Shelton, No Direction Home, ch. 8 (1986). Interview in Melody Maker (London, Sept. 1965).)
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  • 30.
    Here was a place where nothing was crystallized. There were no traditions, no customs, no college songs .... There were no rules and regulations. All would have to be thought of, planned, built up, created—what a magnificent opportunity!
    (Mabel Smith Douglass (1877-1933), U.S. educator. The Early History of New Jersey College for Women (1929). Recalling the early years of the New Jersey College for Women; Douglass became its first dean in 1918.)
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