Drum Sayings and Quotes

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

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.     

Levon Helm

He is as melancholy as an unbraced drum.     

Susannah Centlivre

Don't quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound.      

Simon Sinek

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.     

Jean Giraudoux

How can you not love a man banging on the drums? He knows how to keep a rhythm.     

Malin Akerman

The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.     

Arthur Koestler

The big drum only sounds well from afar.     


There was a saying in Umuofia that as a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.     

Chinua Achebe

What's really good is African drum music.      

Fiona Apple

I'm inspired by anyone who's honest in their own expression, people who truly beat to the rhythm of their own drum.      

Gillian Zinser

The heart jungle drum beat finds its voice in love and matchsticks.      

Isabel Yosito

Music is the beat of a drum that keeps time with our emotions.     

Shannon L. Alder

A drummer is never late nor is he early he hits his count precisely when he means to.     


Music is like a conversation. One person says one thing that speaks with a harmonica, with a bass, with a drum. They're all conversating, and we're just trying to find a way to make conversation rather than blah, blah, blah. But it's not really so hard a thing to do if you know the way to approach it.     

Stephen Marley

When Mr. Ludwig invented the bass-drum pedal, that's what made the drum set possible.      

Neil Peart

My version of a stress dream is, really, showing up on a concert stage with a drum set and not knowing the chart.     

Damien Chazelle

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.     

Charles Baudelaire

The quad toms are a completely different animal than the standard drum set/trap kit. Playing wise and stylistically, they are two different beasts.      

Tommy Lee

Secrets stolen from deep inside....the drum beats out of time.     

Cyndi Lauper

The golden rule of drums is hands clapping and feet tapping, and when you are in and out of consciousness, you can't do that to best of your ability.     

Steven Adler

When you write, it's making a certain kind of music in your head. There's a rhythm to it, a pulse, and on the whole, I'm writing to that drum rather than the psychological process.     

Tom Stoppard

Drums all have their own particulars - each drum has a place where they sound the best - where they ring out and resonate the best, and the head surface isn't too loose or too tight, mainly so you get a good rebound off of the head.     

Chad Smith

In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.     

Archie Shepp

The harder they hit us, the louder we become, kind of like the skin on a drum.     

Michael Franti

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.     

Levon Helm

Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic. It all depends on how you use the tools.      

Don Henley

There is no dogma that the organ or harmonium can be used in church, but not the drum.     

Francis Arinze

He who marches out of line hears another drum.     

Ken Kesey

Less glory is more liberty. When the drum is silent, reason sometimes speaks.     

Albert Pike

It's the things that you notice when you're not actually with your instrument that, in fact, become so interesting, and that you - you want to explore, through this tiny tiny surface of a drum.     

Evelyn Glennie