Piano, n. A parlour utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor. It is operated by depressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. Charles Bukowski
Title of book.
The piano is a percussion instrument, like a drum.You don't struma piano.Youdon't bowa piano.You bang and strike a piano.You beat the shit out of a piano. Billy Joel
Rolling Stone,15 Apr.
Ingeneral, therefore, color isa means ofexerting a direct influenceuponthesoul.Coloristhekeyboard.The eyeis the hammer. The soul is the piano, with its many strings. Wassily Kandinsky
Quoted in K C Lindsay and P Vergo (eds and trans) Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art (1982).
Dire au peintre qu'il faut prendre la nature comme elle est, vaut de dire au virtuose qu'il peut s'asseoir sur le piano. Telling a painter that he must take nature as it is is like telling a virtuoso that he can sit on the piano. Ste phane Mallarme
Le 'ten o'clock'de M. Whistler.
A colossal bore I feel I could write something like it tomorrow, if my cat inspired me by walking over the piano. See Gounod 365:26. Prosper Me rime e
Of Wagner's opera Tannha« user, after the disastrous premi e' re of its revised version at the Paris Ope ra,13 Mar. Quoted in Joanna Richardson La Vie Parisienne (1971), p.262.
What are we learning Frenchor thepianofor,Iwould like to know, if it is not to be sold to a man some day We have to cringe, and manoeuvre, and grimace for a husbanda husband who may be deaf orhavea hump if he is richa husband that may attack you in delirium tremens to-day if he makes a devout act of contrition for it to-morrow. William O'Brien
When We Were Boys.
To say to the painter, that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player, that he may sit on the piano. James (Abbott) McNeill Whistler
The GentleArt of Making Enemies.
Over the piano was printed a notice: 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.' Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills WildeSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Impressions of America: Leadville.
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