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Quotes: When Looking for Perspective

A good quote illuminates the truth through clever shades.

Ideas for quotes:

1) Include on assignment sheets or lesson notes

2) Print and place in a frame to display in your studio

3) Read during an adult performance class to lighten the mood…

4) Add to a yearly calendar featuring pics of your studio events

(NOTE: all quotes with no source are “unknown” at least to me.)


Music is what feelings sound like.

Play the music, not the instrument.

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. -Leigh Hunt

Music is love in search of a word. -Sidney Lanier

Without music, life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzshe

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.


Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! -Henry Ford

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference. -Zig Ziglar

Stickability is 95% of ability. -David J. Schwartz

Ability is something we produce ourselves.  -Suzuki

Practice smart, bring your brain.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. – John Wooden

Stickability is 95% of ability.  -David J. Schwartz

Ability is something we produce ourselves.  -Suzuki

You can’t make a great play until you first do it in practice. -Chuck Knoll

Words of Wisdom

Notes are silver, rests are gold. -W.A.Mozart

Mistakes are information.

Life is not fair–get used to it.

Live in such a way that you would not be ashmed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. -Will Rogers

Favorite sayings from one of my experienced-in-years-and-wisdom adult piano students…

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. – Sarah H

Build a bridge and get over it. – Sarah H

Guide, don’t give.  -Sarah H

Practical Zen

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

Good judgment is most often learned by exercising bad judgment

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Always remember that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

Do you have a favorite to share?

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  1. Jennifer Thomas

    This is so great – thanks for putting these quotes together. And they are good ones at that! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled “music quotes” and not come up with very many good ones. Thanks for putting all the great ones into one place. 🙂

  2. Steve Nixon

    Hi Leila,
    Great quote collection! Thanks for sharing.
    Here’s one of my favorites:

    “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”
    —Basho (master of the Haiku)

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