A colossal bore I feel I could write something like it tomorrow, if my cat inspired me by walking over the piano. See Gounod 365:26.1861Of 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.
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: 1890 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 Wilde: 1883 Impressions of America: Leadville.
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: 1906 The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
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: 2004 Rolling Stone,15 Apr.
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit.Charles Bukowski: 1979 Title of book.
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 : 1888 Le 'ten o'clock'de M. Whistler.
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.1890 When We Were Boys.
The atom can't be seen, yet its existence can be proved. And it is simple to prove that it can't ever be seen. It has to be studied by indirect evidence — and the technical difficulty has been compared to asking a man who has never seen a piano to describe a piano from the sound it would make falling downstairs in the dark.carl david anderson: As quoted in Carl Anderson. Some notes about his life and work at Caltech. The first of a series of biographical sketches of Caltech faculty members. Engineering and Science, Vol. 15:1 (October 1951)
Talking about the particles, I know I don’t have any special theory of particles. It’s just the way it came out and that’s the way I want to do it. Also, there are advantages to particles: you can’t break them; they don’t break apart. They don’t have any rigid connections; there are no rigid connections to break. The particles are always shifting around a little bit and you have to kick them back into shape. It’s like tuning a piano every once in a while. I like the idea of something being permanent by being non-rigid, being absolutely non-rigid but not having a rigid form that can be broken. But a theory of particles, I don’t know. Maybe late one night after a few drinks I explained to Lucy Lippard a theory of particles. I’m sure I didn't remember the next day.carl andre: p. 30 (Artists talks 1969 – 1977)
What I have just heard is pure . . . listen! . . . radiance, that you took from cloud-linings and sunrises and distilled into light that I can hear! Do you know how good, how lovely that is, what you can make the piano do?Richard Bach: Ch. 21 (The Bridge Across Forever (1984))
I learned to play the piano on my mother's knee - that was before we got a piano.victor borge: From the obit in the Boston Globe.
The first piano was built long after they didn't have any at all.victor borge: From his skit "History of Pianos" in The Best of Victor Borge
My responsibility as an artist is to turn up at the page or the piano or the microphone. The rest is up to God.nick cave: The Daily Telegraph (Novevember 20, 1997)
My piano has not yet arrived. How did you send it? By Marseilles or by Perpignan? I dream music but I cannot make any because here there are not any pianos . . . in this respect this is a savage country.frédéric chopin: Letter to Camille Pleyel.
Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!frédéric chopin: As quoted in Chopin and the Swedish Nightingale.
Music was his language, the divine tongue through which he expressed a whole realm of sentiments that only the select few can appreciate... The muse of his homeland dictates his songs, and the anguished cries of Poland lend to his art a mysterious, indefinable poetry which, for all those who have truly experienced it, cannot be compared to anything else... The piano alone was not sufficient to reveal all that lies within him. In short he is a most remarkable individual who commands our highest degree of devotion.frédéric chopin: Franz Liszt
His creation was spontaneous, miraculous. He found it without searching for it, without foreseeing it. It came to his piano suddenly, complete, sublime, or it sang in his head during a walk, and he would hasten to hear it again by, tossing it off on his instrument. But then would begin the most heartbreaking labor I have ever witnessed. It was a series of efforts, indecision, and impatience to recapture certain details of the theme he had heard: what had come to him all of a piece, he now over-analyzed in his desire to write it down, and his regret at not finding it again "neat," as he said, would throw him into a kind of despair. He would shut himself up in his room for days at a time, weeping, pacing, breaking his pens, repeating and changing a single measure a hundred times, writing it and effacing it with equal frequency, and beginning again the next day with a meticulous and desperate perseverance. He would spend six weeks on one page, only to end up writing it just as he had traced it in his first outpouring.frédéric chopin: George Sand
Chopin has done for the piano what Schubert has done for the voice.frédéric chopin: 'The France musicale' review of Chopin's concert held on 26 April 1841. As quoted in Nocturne: a life of Chopin.
I always looked at any instrument as just a tool, an expressive voice to write with. It even differs from guitar to guitar. Some guitars demand that you play them delicately and really respect the instrument, and some beg to be abused. Same with piano. I know with guitar, I'm intimate with it enough to know when I put my fingers here, it will sound like this. I prefer writing on piano because it's always a surprise.st. vincent: As quoted in "The PopWatch Interview: St. Vincent's Annie Clark" in PopWatch (11 July 2007)
I started making movies when I was 20. I started playing piano when I was about 3 years old, so I'm probably a musician first. But when I'm working on a movie, as an actor, I'm an actor - 100 percent. And when I'm on tour, I'm a musician 100 percent.connick, harry, jr.: The Costco Connection magazine interview, February 2007 
I started writing hits the day I sold my piano.michael cretu: As quoted by Lazae Laspina , in Contemporary Musicians Vol. 14 (May 1995)
You can play the piano with the white keys only or you can play it with only the black keys. But for harmony you must use the black and the white keys.On the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), December 2007 
Most of the time I sit down with my guitar or at the piano, and I play for awhile until I get a new riff or groove that I like a lot. Then I'll concentrate on building around that line of thought by adding words and textures. At first I'm only trying to please myself, and hopefully what I like will appeal to others.jackie deshannon: Swingin' Chicks of the 60s (September 2000)