Clarinet Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old clarinet quotes, clarinet sayings, and clarinet proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Clarinets, like lawyers, have cases, mouthpieces, and they need a constant supply of hot air in order to function.

Victor Borge

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.     

Tennessee Ernie Ford

The clarinet is a musical instrument the only thing worse than which is two.     

Ambrose Bierce

So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own.     

Luc Ferrari

Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.

Gustav Mahler

Her voice was warm and husky as a clarinet, but not so sad as a clarinet: friendlier. When she laughed, it was like a clarinet blowing bubbles.

Katherine Catmull

The ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument. There's no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be.     

Jack Brymer

The oboe sounds like a clarinet with a cold.     

Victor Borge

You can sweat by not practicing or you can pick up your clarinet. There's good sweat and there's bad sweat.

Eric Maisel

Clarinet n. An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears. There are two instruments worse than a clarinet – two clarinets.     

Ambrose Bierce

Clarinet is an incredible instrument. It's a great, expressive instrument.     

Anat Cohen