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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

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

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

Black care shall be lessened by sweet song. ~Horace

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Proverb, 1500s or earlier  ["Quien canta, sus males espanta," as quoted by Hernán Núñez de Guzmán. Famously used by Miguel de Cervantes, in Don Quixote, 1605. This translation: John Ormsby, 1885. Also, "He who sings frightens away sorrow" (tr. Henry Edward Watts, 1895), "He who sings frightens away his ills" (tr. Ulick Ralph Burke, 1877), and "Who sings in grief, procures relief" (tr. Charles Jarvis, 1749). Gracias por su ayuda, Mr Schwartzman. —tg]

Some people whistle to keep FEAR away. When I was a boy I always considered whistling the next best thing to a lantern to go down in the cellar with on a dark night. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague & T. Guillemets

O! she will sing the savageness out of a bear... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [IV, 1]

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

Sing with the heart, even if you cannot with the voice. It matters little how out of tune may be the external life, if the internal life is harmonious. It is said that high above the earth there is a point where all the noises of the world blend in one note. ~Howard W. Tilton, "The Heart In Tune," c.1905

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

The tone of musical instruments and our own voice facilitate deepening the resonance of our body-mind with the universal rhythms and wholeness of spirit. Yogic practices of rhythmic breath and devotion, chanting and singing, or other forms of gentle movement such as T'ai chi, promote integration.... As we align more closely with our own rhythm, serendipity is a frequent visitor as we resonate more closely with the rhythms of the universe. ~JoEllen Goertz Koerner, "Quantum Healing," Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2011 (2nd edition)

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 sunlight remains to them? ~Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Times to Remember, 1974, decorated version of a proverb

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

The best whistler I ever heard in all my life was a fellow from South Carolina. He could actually whistle so natural that I have known a mocking-bird to drop a choice worm out of his bill to talk back. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague & T. Guillemets

...he 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 always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison. Sing Sing, I mean. Sounds more like an opera house. ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote

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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