Quotes About The Harp

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Quotes About The Harp

I had known that people would probably have strange reactions to my voice, because I have kind of an unwieldy, difficult voice, but I never thought that anybody would have a problem with the harp. I just assumed ... Cmon, its a beautiful instrument.
— Joanna Newsom —

In the secret island the Druid shall dwell once more, and the Bard, the slave of the harp, utter the speech of the Gods.

— Lewis Spence

Folly it may seem. Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him ... . We live now upon an island amid many perils, and our hands are more often upon the bowstring than upon the harp

— J.R.R. Tolkien

Less doth yearning trouble him who knoweth many songs, or with his hands can touch the harp: his possession is his gift of glee which God gave him.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

We are all lonely and all seek a hand to hold in the darkness. It is not the harp, but the hand that plays it.

— Bernard Cornwell

She played a great deal better than either of the Miss Musgroves; but having no voice, no knowledge of the harp, and no fond parents to sit by and fancy themselves delighted, her performance was little thought of, only out of civility, or to refresh the others, as she was well aware. She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation: excepting one short period of her life, she had never, since the age of fourteen, never since the loss of her dear mother, know the happiness of being listened to, or encouraged by any just appreciation or real taste. In music she had been always used to feel alone in the world; and Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove's fond partiality for their own daughters' performance, and total indifference to any other person's, gave her much more pleasure for their sakes, than mortification for her own.

— Jane Austen

Then I started checking out blues albums from the library and playing the harp along with them.

— John Goodman

It's totally different. I usually don't tell people about the Pleased if they know me from the harp. And if they are there to see the Pleased, I usually don't tell them about the harp. I am nervous that these people will expect something similar.

— Joanna Newsom

The harp sounds at each passing breeze, but that does not mean the tune is masterfully played.

— Jacqueline Carey

I've played everything but the harp.

— Lionel Barrymore

We would never know the music of the harp-if the strings were left untouched. We would never enjoy the juice of the grape-if it were not trodden in the winepress. We would never discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon-if it were not pressed and beaten. We would never feel the warmth of fire-if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are revealed by the trials through which His vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be dark shadows in the picture-to bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven-if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter-after conflict? Will not rest be more welcome-after toil? Will not the bliss of the glorified-be enhanced the recollection of past sufferings?

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I had known that people would probably have strange reactions to my voice, because I have kind of an unwieldy, difficult voice, but I never thought that anybody would have a problem with the harp. I just assumed ... C'mon, it's a beautiful instrument.

— Joanna Newsom

Last year the [harp seal] pup mortality rate was 100 percent in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

— Brian Skerry

During the reign of Rameses III (the Twentieth Dynasty) Egypt saw a flowering of its civilization and the harp became the royal instrument of priests and kings. Often times they had as many as 21 strings. Under the manipulation "the Minstrels of the Gods" the music was of rare potency. "Musical Medicine" was an actuality. Healing, along with numerous so-called "supernatural feats" was attributed to this art.

— Corinne Heline

I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble Education; laborious indeed at first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.

— John Milton

Life is like the harp string, if it is strung too tight it won't play, if it is too loose it hangs, the tension that produces the beautiful sound lies in the middle.

— Gautama Buddha

Two touch the string,
The harp is dumb.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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