Quotations About / On: SONG

  • 31.
    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.)
  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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.)
  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.
    (Carson McCullers (1917-1967), U.S. author. Ferris, in "The Sojourner," The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1951).)
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  • 38.
    History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
    (Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 8 (1906).)
  • 39.
    I describe family values as responsibility towards others, increase of tolerance, compromise, support, flexibility. And essentially the things I call the silent song of life—the continuous process of mutual accommodation without which life is impossible.
    (Salvador Minuchin (20th century), U.S. family therapist. As quoted in "On Family Therapy: A Visit with Salvador Minuchin," Psychology Today (March-April 1993).)
  • 40.
    She also knew old slave songs and I wondered why, when she hummed them, grandmother braided my hair even more softly, as if her fingers became liquid with pity.
    (Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 52, Éditions du Seuil (1972).)
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