„If I cannot sing a work, I cannot conduct it.“

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Thomas Beecham
1879 - 1961

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„When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
"Julia" (1968); these lines were adapted from lines of Sand and Foam (1926) by Khalil Gibran: "When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind."

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„I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay American poet 1892 - 1950
Context: Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree, Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one, Yet knows its boughs more silent than before: I cannot say what loves have come and gone, I only know that summer sang in me A little while, that in me sings no more. Sonnet XLIII: "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why" (1923), Collected Poems", 1931

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„Why does everybody not sing a national anthem all together? The player who cannot sing a national anthem is not a Japanese representative.“

—  Yoshirō Mori 86th Prime Minister of Japan 1937
As quoted in 森氏「どうして国歌歌わない」五輪壮行会で苦言 http://this.kiji.is/122300577584857095 (in Japanese) (3 July 2016),Kyodo news.

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„Come, sing now, sing; for I know you sing well;
I see you have a singing face.“

—  John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
The Wild Goose Chase (c. 1621; published 1652), Act II. 2.

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„Singing cannot much avail, if from within the heart comes not the song; nor can the song come from the heart, unless there be there noble love, heartfelt.“

—  Bernart de Ventadorn troubador 1125 - 1195
"Chantars no pot gaire valer", line 1; translation from Alan R. Press Anthology of Troubadour Lyric Poetry (1971) p. 67.

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„Anything I can sing, I call a song. Anything I can't sing, I call a poem.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Liner notes https://bobdylan.com/albums/freewheelin-bob-dylan/, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

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