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Quotations about Singing

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A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ~Chinese Proverb

He who sings frightens away his ills.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.  ~Emory Austin

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.  ~Marilyn Penland

There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.  ~Josh Groban

The singer has everything within him.  The notes come out from his very life.  They are not materials gathered from outside.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

You can cage the singer but not the song.  ~Harry Belafonte

Those who wish to sing always find a song.  ~Proverb

I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.  ~William James

So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats.  ~Woody Allen

God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear!  ~William Shakespeare

God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

As long as we live, there is never enough singing.  ~Martin Luther

The total person sings not just the vocal chords.  ~Esther Broner

Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound;
She feels no biting pang the while she sings,
Nor as she turns the giddy wheel around,
Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things.
~William Gifford

A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.  ~Henry Giles

It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April.  ~Alexander Smith

Faith and joy are the ascensive forces of song.  ~Edmund Clarence Stedman

That music in itself, whose sounds are song,
The poetry of speech.
~Lord Byron

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them.  The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.  ~Joan Baez

Life is a song.  Love is the music.  ~Author Unknown

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese Proverb

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy

Sweetest the strain when in the song
The singer has been lost.
~Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

[H]e sang words without sense, but their tone went to his heart... ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865

Who, as they sung, would take the prison'd soul
And lap it in Elysium.
~John Milton

I sing like I feel.  ~Ella Fitzgerald

The lively Shadow-World of Song.  ~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Little dew-drops of celestial melody.  ~Thomas Carlyle

Short swallow-flights of song, that dip
Their wings in tears, and skim away.
~Alfred Tennyson

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.  ~Author Unknown

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  ~Donna Roberts

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