An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)


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 (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs.


Melissa Etheridge (1961-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.


Aretha Franklin (1942-, American musician, singer, composer, pianist)


I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.


Billie Holiday (1915-1959, American jazz singer)


This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


I'd rather be dead than singing ''Satisfaction'' when I'm forty-five.


Mick Jagger (1943-, British-born American musician, singer)


Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.


Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter)


There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?


Matthew Prior (1664-1721, British diplomat, poet)


Those who want to sing will always find a song.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


He who sings, frightens away all his ills.


Traditional Saying


When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.


Alexander Smith (1830-1867, Scottish poet, author)


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