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Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist.

God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Arvid Liljelund: Man Singing Hymn (1884)
  • [W]ant to bring it? Bring it. But, we ain't singing. We're bringing drama.
  • The tenor's voice is spoilt by affectation,
    And for the bass, the beast can only bellow;
    In fact, he had no singing education,
    An ignorant, noteless, timeless, tuneless fellow.
  • Come, sing now, sing; for I know you sing well;
    I see you have a singing face.
    • John Fletcher, The Wild Goose Chase (c. 1621; published 1652), Act II. 2.
  • Three merry boys, and three merry boys,
    And three merry boys are we,
    As ever did sing in a hempen string
    Under the gallow-tree.
    • John Fletcher, Rollo Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; 1639), Act III, scene 2. Song
  • Urusvati has developed her musical talent beautifully. This proficiency is achieved as the result of much labor in other lives. According to the Teachings of Plato, music should not be understood in the narrow sense of music alone, but as participation in all the harmonious arts. In singing, in poetry, in painting, in sculpture, in architecture, in speech, and, finally, in all manifestations of sound, musicality is expressed. In Hellas a ceremony to all the Muses was performed. Tragedy, dance, and all rhythmic movement served the harmony of Cosmos. Much is spoken about beauty, but the importance of harmony is little understood. Beauty is an uplifting concept, and each offering to beauty is an offering to the equilibrium of Cosmos. Everyone who expresses music in himself sacrifices, not for himself, but for others, for humanity, for Cosmos. Perfection of thought is an expression of beautiful musicality. The highest rhythm is the best prophylaxis, a pure bridge to the highest worlds. Thus We affirm Beauty in Our Abode. Urusvati has noted that the music of the spheres is characterized by a harmony of rhythm. It is precisely this quality that brings inspiration to humanity. People usually do not think about the sources of inspiration, but if they did they would help Our work greatly. 42.
  • You know about the special musical instruments that are in Our possession. Urusvati has heard them. The refined scale and rhythm of Sister Oriole should be acknowledged as the highest harmony. Often such singing has served to bring peace to the world... One should learn how to develop one’s own musicality by all possible means. The heart’s feeling is sensed not in the words themselves but in their sound. There can be no irritation in harmony. Malice cannot exist where the spirit ascends. It is not by chance that in antiquity the epic scriptures were sung, not only to facilitate memorizing but also for inspiration. Likewise, it is rhythm and harmony that protect us against fatigue. The quality of music and rhythm should be developed from infancy.
  • Once, according to an old legend, there came a messenger from a distant world to give people equality, brotherhood and joy. Long since had people forgotten their songs. They remained in a stupor of hate. The messenger banished darkness and crowdedness, smote infection, and instituted joyful labor. Hatred was stilled, and the sword of the messenger remained on the wall. But all were silent and knew not how to begin singing. Then the messenger assembled the little children, led them into the woods, and said to them: “These are your flowers, your brooks, your trees. No one has followed us. I shall rest—and you fill yourselves with joy.” Thereupon, timidly they ventured into the forest. At last the littlest one came to a meadow and sighted a ray of the sun. Then a yellow oriole sounded its call. The little one followed it, whispering. And soon joyously he sang out, “The sun is ours!” One by one the children gathered upon the meadow, and a new hymn to Light rang out. The messenger said: “Man has again begun to sing. Come is the date!” 162
    • Morya, New Era Community (1926)
  • People feel sometimes something singing within them. Such a song is never disharmonious. One can rejoice when such vibrations stir one’s being. 18.
    • Morya, Fiery World II (1934)


  • Among one’s human incarnations there is invariably found an incarnation devoted to rhythmic labor. Whether this be some sort of craftsmanship or music, singing or farm work, every man infallibly will cultivate in himself the rhythm which fills all of life. Upon learning of certain incarnations, people frequently are astonished as to why they should have been so insignificant. But in them there was being worked out the rhythm of labor. One of the greatest of qualities, this must be acquired through conflict and patience. 49.
    • Morya, Brotherhood (1937)
  • I suffer so much in this life, Doro. That is what they feeling when I sing, that is why they cry. People who felt nothing in this life cannot sing. Once I had a great suffering and from it came a new voice.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 712-13.
  • Ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante.
  • At every close she made, th' attending throng
    Replied, and bore the burden of the song:
    So just, so small, yet in so sweet a note,
    It seemed the music melted in the throat.
  • Y'ought to hyeah dat gal a-warblin'
    Robins, la'ks an' all dem things
    Heish de mouffs an' hides dey faces
    When Malindy sings.
  • Olympian bards who sung
    Divine ideas below,
    Which always find us young
    And always keep us so.
  • I see you have a singing face — a heavy, dull, sonata face.
  • When I but hear her sing, I fare
    Like one that raised, holds his ear
    To some bright star in the supremest Round;
    Through which, besides the light that's seen
    There may be heard, from Heaven within,
    The rests of Anthems, that the Angels sound.
    • Owen Feltham, Lusoria, XXXIV. Appeared as a poem of Suckling's beginning "When dearest I but think of thee." Claimed by Feltham in note to ed. 1690, 1696 of his Resolves, Divine, Moral, Biblical
  • Then they began to sing
    That extremely lovely thing,
    "Scherzando! ma non troppo, ppp."
  • So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.
  • Ils chantent, ils payeront.
    • They sing, they will pay.
    • Cardinal Mazarin. Originally "S'ils cantent la cansonette ils pageront." A patois.
  • Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
    Such notes as, warbled to the string,
    Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek.
  • O Carril, raise again thy voice! let me hear the song of Selma, which was sung in my halls of joy, when Fingal, king of shields, was there, and glowed at the deeds of his fathers.
    • Ossian, Fingal, Book III, Stanza 1.
  • But would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain.
    The wond'ring forests soon should dance again;
    The moving mountains hear the powerful call,
    And headlong streams hang listening in their fall!
  • Every night he comes
    With musics of all sorts and songs compos'd
    To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eaves; for he persists
    As if his life lay on't.

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