Piano Quotes

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“The pianokeys are black and white
but they sound like a million colors in your mind”
Maria Cristina Mena, The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena

Marie Rutkoski
“Arin. I've wanted to do this for a long time."

Her words silenced him, steadied him.

Anticipation lifted within her like the fragrance of a garden under the rain. She sat at the piano, touching the keys. "Ready?"

He smiled. "Play.”
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Kiss

Thelonious Monk
“The piano ain't got no wrong notes.”
Thelonious Monk

Robert Schumann
“When you play, never mind who listens to you.”
Robert Schumann

Nathan Reese Maher
“All is as if the world did cease to exist. The city's monuments go unseen, its past unheard, and its culture slowly fading in the dismal sea.”
Nathan Reese Maher

E.M. Forster
“The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world; it will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture have alike rejected. The commonplace person begins to play, and shoots into the empyrean without effort, whilst we look up, marvelling how he has escaped us, and thinking how we could worship him and love him, would he but translate his visions into human words, and his experiences into human actions. Perhaps he cannot; certainly he does not, or does so very seldom.”
E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

Artur Schnabel
“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.”
Artur Schnabel

Vladimir Nabokov
“I dreamt of you last night - as if I was playing the piano and you were turning the pages for me.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Robert Schumann
“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.”
Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann
“Play always as if in the presence of a master.”
Robert Schumann

Bob Hope
“When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano. ”
Bob Hope

Anna Goldsworthy
“I tell you a secret about Chopin, piano is his best friend. More. He tells piano all his secrets.” - piano teacher Eleanora Sivan.”
Anna Goldsworthy, Piano Lessons

Francesca Lia Block
“Pianos, unlike people, sing when you give them your every growl. They know how to dive into the pit of your stomach and harmonize with your roars when you’ve split yourself open. And when they see you, guts shining, brain pulsing, heart right there exposed in a rhythm that beats need need, need need, need need, pianos do not run. And so she plays.”
Francesca Lia Block, Love Magick

Tori Amos
“Everybody told me this 'girl on the piano' thing was never going to work.”
Tori Amos

Edith Sitwell
“I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.”
Edith Sitwell

Lauren Groff
“She always wanted to be the kind of person who could play the "Moonlight" Sonata.

She buries her failure in this, as she buries all her failures, in reading.”
Lauren Groff, Florida

Gustave Flaubert
“As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Victor Borge
“(Referring to the piano's natural shape) Isn't it a shame when those big fat opera singers lean against the pianos and bend them?”
Victor Borge

Beth Fantaskey
“On the stage Tristen bent over the piano, his fingers swift and sure, his blond hair gleaming under the spotlight. I glanced around at the audience, watching their faces, gratified that they were as captivated as I was by the dark, thunderous song that Tristen conjured.”
Beth Fantaskey , Jekel Loves Hyde

Debra Anastasia
“Listening to him play was like discovering an eagle in the wild. It was tumblingly bewitching. She could feel and hear genius she knew it.”
Debra Anastasia, Poughkeepsie

Kate Furnivall
“She always paid attention to fingers rather than faces because they told so much more. People remembered to guard their faces. They forgot their hands. Her own were small, though strong and supple from all the hours of piano playing, but what use was that now? For the first time she understood what real danger does to the human mind, as flat white fear froze the coils of her brain.”
Kate Furnivall, The Jewel of St. Petersburg

Frederick Weisel
“Do you know what the essential problem of the piano is?” he asked. He held me so his head was a few inches from my own. His eyes darted back and forth. “It is impossible to play continuously on a piano string like a violin. The problem is to sustain a note.”
Frederick Weisel, Teller

“It’s funny,” John says, “how piano keys are black and white, yet they play a thousand different colors.”
“‘Cept there ain’t no piyana,” Captain Clark shushes.
John’s face goes blank. “Really? I thought I heard one.”
Captain Clark looks at me, almost apologetically. “He’s got Van Gogh’s ear fer music.”
Michael Benzehabe, Zonked Out: The Teen Psychologist of San Marcos Who Killed Her Santa Claus and Found the Blue-Black Edge of the Love Universe

Marie Lu
“I had been eight years old then. I had turned eighteen in January my years of performing for an audience were over.”
Marie Lu, The Kingdom of Back

Anthony T. Hincks
“Notes give me keys of expression.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Avijeet Das
“As the leaves spring up slowly
from within the trees, during this
month of April, the National
Poetry Month, nature mesmerizes us
in her own way.

And we get serenaded by art and
culture and poetry and music of fellow poets, writers, musicians, and dancers.

And while you play the keys of your
piano for all, I write a few words
and recite my poem for all.”
Avijeet Das

“It always feels like home
when I listen to his melodious voice
blended with his waving fingers
fondling the keys of the piano
reminiscent of my mummy
dabbing my forehead
with wet cloth
while uttering motivational words
during my bedtime,
sweeping all the stresses
thrown on me
by the portion
out of my home.”
Spriha Kant

Steven Galloway
“A little farther south he passes the Music Academy. The building is over a hundred years old, and has been training young musicians for forty. A harp sits atop a cupola facing the street corner. Between the windows of the third and the fourth floor, a rocket-propelled grenade has punched a hole through the wall. Inside, another grenade has blown through the wall in the main concert room, but still Kenan hears the sound of pianos coming from within. Several different pieces are being played in various parts of the building, and the music blends together, sometimes becoming unintelligible, a muddy noise of strings struck by hammers, but every so often one of the songs pauses, creating a space for anothe rto emerge, and a few solitary notes of a melody slip out into the street.”
Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo

John Scheck
“If I had a time machine, I would either go back and start playing the piano as a child, or I’d go back five years ago and talk myself out of trying to learn it again as an adult.”
John Scheck

“Naquele dia, todos os bandos resolveram passar pela Rua do Coriolano a fim de ver o assunto mais comentado da cidade. Eu nem me importei, mas fui com todo mundo.
Ao dobrarmos a esquina, eu já conseguia ouvir. Um som doce feito bala de goma ou, ainda, suco de manga. Era tocada em um piano e eu podia jurar que ela estava entrando pela minha pele, porque senti meus pelos levantarem abrindo caminho para que a canção dominasse meu corpo.”
Paloma F.Q., Raízes, Lendas & Sangue - Uma Releitura do Folclore Brasileiro
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