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1. "Music is, of course, a universal emotional experience, cutting across cultures and languages. I studied piano for ten years as a child and consider that experience one of the most valuable in my life."
Author: Alan Lightman
2. "- È uno strano dolore.Piano.- Morire di nostalgia per qualcosa che non vivrai mai."
Author: Alessandro Baricco
3. "I went to national piano competitions and did that whole circuit. Then I played professionally to support myself when I moved out to LA."
Author: Alicia Witt
4. "I wanted to play the piano, but my fingers weren't long enough, so I took up the guitar."
Author: Antje Traue
5. "I love music, singing, and playing piano (though I'm not very good). And I adore musical theater."
Author: Aprilynne Pike
6. "My grandmother played the piano, and I used to toddle over there and pick out little things that sounded good to me."
Author: Billy Strayhorn
7. "I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit."
Author: Bobby McFerrin
8. "The piano is the X factor. People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there, spelling it out. It makes it more easily understood, particularly to people who don't know as much about music."
Author: Branford Marsalis
9. "Supposing you hear a cry for help from a man in danger. You will probably feel two desires - one a desire to give help (due to your herd instinct), the other a desire to keep out of danger (due to the instinct for self-preservation). But you will find inside you, in addition to these two impulses, a third thing which tells you that you ought to follow the impulse to help, and suppress the impulse to run away. Now this thing that judges between two instincts, that decides which should be encouraged, cannot itself be either of them. You might as well say that the sheet of music which tells you, at a given moment, to play one note on the piano and not another, is itself one of the notes on the keyboard. The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys."
Author: C.S. Lewis
10. "Continuavo a guardarlo negli occhi, perdendomi in quelle sfumature di grigio. Ghiaccio liquido che pian piano mi entrava dentro. Dentro la mente, sotto la pelle, in fondo al cuore. Riuscivo persino a distinguere pagliuzze più chiare, quasi azzurre. Pennellate di colore che andavano a mescolarsi con il bianco freddo e asettico delle pareti del salotto, trasformando il tutto in un vortice di attrazione verso il cui centro mi stavo dirigendo lentamente."
Author: Cristina Bruni
11. "Making love without noise is like playing a muted piano-fine for practice, but you cheat yourself out of hearing the glorious results."
Author: David Levithan
12. "Beauty doesn't have to be about anything. What's a vase about? What's a sunset or a flower about? What, for that matter, is Mozart's Twenty-third Piano Concerto about?"
Author: Douglas Adams
13. "Suddenly, as one, all the Greys stop talking and gape at Christian. What? Christian is singing softly to himself at the piano. Silence descends on us all as we strain to hear his soft, lyrical voice. I've heard him sing before, haven't they? He stops, suddenly conscious of the deathly hush that's fallen over the room. Kate glances questioningly at me and I shrug. Christian turns on the stool and frowns, embarrassed to realize he's become the center of attention.'Go on,' Grace urges softly. 'I've never heard you sing, Christian. Ever."
Author: E.L. James
14. "Gotham admired Maeve. By day she managed money, and did it brilliantly, but she didn't find it satisfied her intellect. She spoke four languages. She played the piano seriously well. And she read books. Lots of them."
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
15. "Meditation practice is like piano scales, basketball drills, ballroom dance class. Practice requires discipline; it can be tedious; it is necessary. After you have practiced enough, you become more skilled at the art form itself. You do not practice to become a great scale player or drill champion. You practice to become a musician or athlete. Likewise, one does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living."
Author: Elizabeth Lesser
16. "I'm endorsed by Yamaha. I represent Yamaha, and I really like the way that piano handles and capacitates the force that I put into it without losing the shape of the sound and the contour, and it really holds up well."
Author: Eric Lewis
17. "What about you, Ellen?' he asked. 'What does music mean to you?'It was a while before she answered. 'When I was at school... quite little still... there was a girl there who had perfect pitch and a lovely voice and she played the piano. I used to hear people talking about her.' She paused, lacing her fingers together. '"She's musical," they used to say, "Deirdre's musical," and it was as if they'd said: "She's angelic." That's how it seemed to me to be musical: to be angelic.'Isaac turned to her. 'My God, Ellen,' he said huskily, 'it is you who are angelic. If there's anyone in the world who is angelic it is you."
Author: Eva Ibbotson
18. "Voglio dormire un momento,un momento, un minuto, un secolo;ma tutti sappiano che non sono morto;che c'è una stella d'oro sulle mie labbra;che sono il piccolo amico del vento occidentale;che sono l'ombra immensa delle mie lacrime."
Author: Federico García Lorca
19. "But if you listen to great piano players, both classical and jazz, there's a huge range of dynamics and colors and emotional expression that's possible with the instrument."
Author: Gary Burton
20. "There was soot and orphans everywhere, and gaslit cobbled streets full of fog and sinister gentlemen out for a night of illicit murder. It was a strict and unforgiving society; looking at a piano, eating too much butter, dancing with elan--the sour-faced Queen Victoria forbade all these things. And, it was also raining in the London of themdays--dirty grey slabs of rain that left everywhere shining and slippery."
Author: Gideon Defoe
21. "I began guitar after coming here as there wasn't a piano about. I taught myself, but my fingers just aren't cut out for the guitar, so I can't seem to get very good. Still, I like the innstrument. It's light, simple, straighforward, like a warm little room, nice and cozy."
Author: Haruki Murakami
22. "There were pauses in the music for the rushing, calling, halting piano. Everything would stop except the climbing of the soloist; he would reach a height and everything would join him, the violins first and then the horns; and then the deep blue bass and the flute and the bitter trampling drums; beating, beating and mounting together and stopping with a crash like daybreak. When I first heard the Messiah I was alone; my blood bubbled like fire and wine; I cried; like an infant crying for its mother's milk; or a sinner running to meet Jesus."
Author: James Baldwin
23. "I also went to art school and learned to play a piano there, but I play by ear."
Author: John Mayall
24. "I always wrote music for my friends, but my focus was on playing piano. I didn't think I'd be quite good enough to be a soloist, but I believed that if I worked hard enough, I could work as a player, a teacher."
Author: John Williams
25. "When I turned the corner, I saw Toni waving at me from the elevator. I think I've already told you how it made me feel to see her smile and wave at me. You can have your sunsets and waterfalls. If a piano were to suddenly fall on my head, that's the image I'd want forever engraved in my mind. —Alton Richard"
Author: Louis Sachar
26. "Life's like the piano and the violin, it's about how smart you could play the melodies to make a good harmony."
Author: Lucy 'Aisy
27. "The pianokeys are black and whitebut they sound like a million colors in your mind"
Author: Maria Cristina Mena
28. "I saw the film 'Amadeus' from when I was five, which made me want to take piano lessons."
Author: Mark Salling
29. "When you want genuine music -- music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whisky, go right through you like Brandreth's pills, ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose, -- when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!"
Author: Mark Twain
30. "Some mothers seem to have the capacity and energy to make their children's clothes, bake, give piano lessons, go to Relief Society, teach Sunday School, attend parent-teacher association meetings, and so on. Other mothers look upon such women as models and feel inadequate, depressed, and think they are failures when they make comparisons... Sisters, do not allow yourselves to be made to feel inadequate or frustrated because you cannot do everything others seem to be accomplishing. Rather, each should assess her own situation, her own energy, and her own talents, and then choose the best way to mold her family into a team, a unit that works together and supports each other. Only you and your Father in Heaven know your needs, strengths, and desires. Around this knowledge your personal course must be charted and your choices made."
Author: Marvin J. Ashton
31. "Skill in any performance whether it be in sports in playing the piano in conversation or in selling merchandise consists not in painfully and consciously thinking out each action as it is performed but in relaxing and letting the job do itself through you. Creative performance is spontaneous and ‘natural' as opposed to self-conscious and studied."
Author: Maxwell Maltz
32. "In Canada pianos needed water. You opened up the back and left a full glass of water, and a month later the glass would be empty. Her father had told her about the dwarfs who drank only at pianos, never in bars."
Author: Michael Ondaatje
33. "Most of all, it was the wild music that impressed Matt. It did the same thing that playing the piano had done when he was frightened and lonely. It took him into another world where only beauty existed and where he was sage from hatred and disappointment and death."
Author: Nancy Farmer
34. "I didn't have bands that I was playing with growing up, so I learned to try to adapt and play these songs that were guitar songs on the piano, and sing them."
Author: Page McConnell
35. "I'm Liberace without a piano."
Author: Paul Lynde
36. "Empty-page staring again tonight. It's maddening. I suppose people who don't write (like the Connollies) imagine anything that can be though can be expressed. Well, I don't know. I can't do it. It's this sort of thing that makes me belittle the whole business: what's the good of a 'talent' if you can't do it when you want to? What should we think of a woodcarver who couldn't woodcarver? or a pianist who couldn't play the piano? Bah, likewise grrr."
Author: Philip Larkin
37. "Danzon is my favorite Cuban music, played by a traditional string orchestra with flute and piano. It's very formally structured but romantic music, which derives from the French-Haitian contradance."
Author: Rachel Kushner
38. "I always have beauty around me, for I have but to go to my piano, and trace one of the million designs that have been made by my masters."
Author: Rebecca West
39. "You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes."
Author: Robert Schumann
40. "I'm also old... and my own gift for writing fantasy grows out of very literal-minded, pragmatic soil: the things I do when I'm not telling stories have always been pretty three-dimensional. I used to say that the only strong attraction reality ever had for me was horses and horseback riding, but I've also been cooking and going for long walks since I was a kid (yes, the two are related), and I'm getting even more three dimensionally biased as I get older — gardening, bell ringing... piano playing... And the stories I seem to need to write seem to need that kind of nourishment from me — how you feed your story telling varies from writer to writer. My story-telling faculty needs real-world fresh air and experiences that create calluses (and sometimes bruises)."
Author: Robin McKinley
41. "I met my wife when we were both 19 or 20, at a music school where she was taking voice and piano lessons and I was doing classes in music theory and composition."
Author: Rohinton Mistry
42. "Part of the joy of music is listening to lots of different kinds of music and learning from it. Specifically for me, I like writing songs that move me, and what moves me are beautiful songs on the piano or the guitar and really, really heavy music."
Author: Ryan Adams
43. "I describe my plots as follows; A character is walking down the street when all of a sudden a piano falls on them. They spend the rest of the story digging out from under that piano. How they dig, how long and how well, this all depends entirely on the character."
Author: Sarah Zettel
44. "Mi si avvicinò, sfiorandomi la fronte con le labbra.Nessuno fu più sorpreso di me, anche se mi parve di sentire un'esclamazione trattenuta venire da Jared. Restai a bocca aperta, mentre Ian si voltava e usciva dalla stanza, quasi di corsa....mi si fece accanto, abbracciandomi. Lo sentivo respirare ritmicamente, più veloce del normale.Che cosa strana.«Vuole sapere cos'è stato a... cambiare il tuo atteggiamento. Perché a-desso ti fidi di noi?»Ci pensò per qualche istante. «Un... insieme di particolari. La tua... gentilezza nei confronti di Walter. Non ho visto mai nessuno, a parte Doc, ca-pace di tanta compassione. E poi hai salvato la vita a Kyle, quando la maggior parte di noi lo avrebbe lasciato cadere pur di salvarsi la pelle, a parte il tentativo di ucciderti. E poi sei una delusione, come bugiarda.» Fece una risata. «Mi sono intestardito a considerarli tutti indizi di un piano più complesso. Magari domattina quando mi sveglio la penserò ancora così.»"
Author: Stephenie Meyer
45. "Your friend Mr. Tulip would perhaps like part of your payment to be the harpsichord?" said the chair."It's not a --ing harpsichord, it's a --ing virginal," growled Mr. Tulip. "One --ing string to a note instead of two! So called because it was an instrument for --ing young ladies!""My word, was it?" said one of the chairs. "I thought it was just of sort of early piano!"
Author: Terry Pratchett
46. "I wanted to love this piano. I wanted to invite music back into my life."
Author: Thad Carhart
47. "Nice piano," I said. "Do you play?" "oh no, but Edwart does!" Eva Mullen said."A little," Edwart said sheepishly."Go ahead, play!" Eva said. She picked up the triangle that was lying on the piano and handed it to Edwart. He started banging on it. It sounded like construction work very early in the morning. "Whoops. I messed up. Let me start over," he said.He started banging again."Wait. Uh. I haven't practiced in a while. Let me start over."Edwart continued to bang the triangle. Eva closed her eyes and raised her arms, swaying rhythmically to Edwart's music. Edwart held the triangle up high, in what appeared to be a grand finish, but then he brought it down hard, hitting the top of the piano. He continued to bang the piano, putting the entire force of his slim body into each smash. The piano shook. The room vibrated. When he finished I subtly removed my hands from my ears. "I wrote that for you," Edwart murmured, drawing me close. "It's called Belle's Lullaby."
Author: The Harvard Lampoon
48. "My work on hyper instruments started with simple instruments, like the piano."
Author: Tod Machover
49. "Never have your wallet with you onstage. It's bad luck. You shouldn't play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.Tom Waits (to me, about 1986 or so)"
Author: Tom Waits
50. "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."
Author: Wassily Kandinsky

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