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Instruments Quotes

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Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating,
and everything becomes a compromise.
- Richard Thompson

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments
of their tyranny enslave them.
- George Santayana

Peter was sick of being a pop star, the guitar god,
and so he decided to teach himself other instruments.
Among the instruments that he picked up was the mandolin.
- Michael Stipe

The soprano has all those other instruments in it.
It's got the soprano song voice, flute,
violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach
the baritone in intensity.
- Steve Lacy

 

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel

Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
- Barry Cornwall

Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments.
It is much more poetic than that.
- Pat Metheny

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I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power
instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate
electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
- Edgard Varese

During one or two summers, as well as part-time during the school year,
I worked for a small Canadian company which developed
electrical instruments for military planes.
- Walter Kohn

The art of life is to live in the present moment,
and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the
realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.
- Emmet Fox

If you watch any good player, they're using different
parts of their body and working with instruments that
respond to those movements.
They're moving in many dimensions at once.
- Brian Eno

Know the names of past and current artists who are
most famous for playing their instruments.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I listened to many different types of instruments and music,
and have always tried to look at the bass as an instrument
as opposed to only a bass.
- Billy Sheehan

So I suppose that means we can actually play the instruments.
- Stewart Copeland

Measures must always, in a progressive society,
be held superior to men, who are after all,
imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic
instruments for storytelling.
- Ted Lange

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights,
science and its offspring technology have been used
in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
- John Charles Polanyi

Let me alone: I have yet my legs and one arm.
Tell the surgeon to make haste and his instruments.
I know I must lose my right arm, so the sooner it's off the better.
- Horatio Nelson

The idea to do the album only on keyboards kind of happened by accident.
I was quite happy with the sound and felt it really
didn't need more instruments,
so I didn't use them.
- Gary Wright

My whole family could sing.
My family harmonized without any instruments to accompany them.
- Ethel Waters

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for
instruments instead of for actors.
- Colin Henry Wilson

Today a record producer is even more involved and is
often the production's sole musician,
one person playing all the instruments one-by-one.
- Tony Visconti

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak;
they are but the instruments of the wise.
- Samuel Lover

After I retired and came off the road,
I gathered up all my musical instruments and suddenly,
I wanted them all to be perfect.
- Tom T. Hall

You can be enticed by food, wooed by food,
sex, money, or instruments.
- Bernie Worrell

I mix Indian instruments with Western instruments all the time.
- Satyajit Ray

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted
to hear a guitar played as a piano.
- Leo Kottke

Other, far fewer, directors are more like the composer -
conceptualizing the piece,
scoring it, distributing its musical lines among a range of registers,
chords, and instruments.
- Thomas Harrison

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory.
Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding
objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
- Denis Diderot

What I enjoy most about being on stage is that the
natural instruments give you a greater freedom with texture.
When you use natural instruments they have their own resonance.
- John Cale

The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews
and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.
- Rose Schneiderman

Something that has so much power must have life.
Instruments have life.
- Laurie Anderson

All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few
chords and you could be on an indie label.
- David Byrne

Mark this well, you proud men of action!
you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

That the powers of labour, and of the other instruments which produce wealth,
may be indefinitely increased by using their products
as the means of further production.
- Nassau William Senior

There are some lawyers who think of themselves as basically
instruments of whoever their clients are,
and they pride themselves on their professional craft.
- Cass Sunstein

I believe God rules all by his divine providence and
that the stars by his permission are instruments.
- William Lilly

I think the world is ready for some rock 'n' roll.
Some real time guys that play their own instruments,
write their own songs, and sing the music and have a good time doing it.
- Vince Neil

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing;
I don't understand about that nonsense.
It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.
- Gerry Mulligan

The advice I am giving always to all my students is
above all to study the music profoundly...
music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands,
very beautiful for the flowers and trees.
- Andres Segovia

Composers love to write for symphony orchestras because
the symphony is the Rolls Royce of musical instruments.
- David Del Tredici

I came from an era when we didn't use electronic instruments.
The bass wasn't even amplified.
The sound was the sound you got.
- Stan Getz

Most Beethoven symphonies require 80 or more instruments,
and the late romantics even more.
- Neville Marriner

At last a dream come true.
The Instrument of Instruments.
- Mick Fleetwood

I thought I might be a band instructor,
someone who plays all the instruments and teaches others.
- Adrian Belew

Every day I look forward to getting with my instruments,
trying new things.
- Lionel Hampton

I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn,
the trumpet and the cello.
- Roger Bannister

I still think that I'm playing instruments,
not just pushing buttons and there it goes.
It's interactive and alive with the sound and the manipulation
and it plays like instruments.
- Ikue Mori

Jazz is a very democratic musical form.
It comes out of a communal experience.
We take our respective instruments and collectively
create a thing of beauty.
- Max Roach

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

When evil acts in the world it always manages to find
instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable.
- Max Lerner

I have a piano and a guitar, and I tend to switch back
and forth between those two instruments to help me get inspired.
- Sean Lennon

Too many young musicians today want to win polls before
they learn their instruments.
- Benny Goodman

In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments,
they are like part of God.
- Ravi Shankar

I write on all instruments.
- Billy Sherwood

It is essential that policy instruments be developed
that would firmly establish democratization on the
basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I mean, on the food chain, do instruments really rate? I don't think so.
- Peabo Bryson

The other saxophones, except as solo instruments,
really don't have much point in the orchestra.
- Gerry Mulligan

I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which
with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds,
will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm.
- Edgard Varese

God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play.
- Lenny Kravitz

In the studio, I'm always throwing people on different instruments.
- Beck

The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments,
the very lower bowel of music.
- Peter De Vries

Italy in the first years got food, for the first year
or the first periods got food.
Then we got raw materials and then we got tool machines,
let's say, instruments for working.
- Gianni Agnelli

Similarly you can make a transition from one set of
instruments to another imperceptibly.
- Gavin Bryars

We didn't have any instruments, so I had to use my guitar.
- Maybelle Carter

Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air.
- Gertrude Stein

I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage
guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.
- Tommy Shaw

We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings,
with such mental qualities and powers,
for the sole purpose of being used as beasts,
or instruments of labour.
- Thomas Clarkson

Upon books the collective education of the race depends;
they are the sole instruments of registering,
perpetuating and transmitting thought.
- Harry S. Truman

The means of defense against foreign danger historically
have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
- James Madison

My father had all kinds of instruments in the house
that he would hide from my mother.
He bought them through mail order!
- Cassandra Wilson


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