Piano Sayings and Quotes

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

The piano ain't got no wrong notes.     

Thelonious Monk

The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air.     

Kenneth R. Miller

A piano might fall on your head, he said, but it also might not. And in the meantime you never know. Something nice might happen.     

Meg Rosoff

The piano is an orchestra with 88 things, you know.     

Vladimir Horowitz

In piano, if you try to force hitting this key and that key, it's very broken. It's not pretty. When you're in archery, you can't try to force it step-by-step-by-step. Then the shot doesn't flow and it's not a good shot. If you just let the performance flow, it's really beautiful.     

Miranda Leek

Piano was well, all musical instruments were taught in this very rigid, formal, classical method when I was young.     

Hugh Laurie

A piano in the house, when I came home from school and was able to play all these different notes with all theses different sounds, I really found that fascinating.     

Ella Henderson

The Steinway piano with its beauty and power is the perfect medium for expressing the performer's art, drama and poetry.     

Van Cliburn

The piano is a reasonably quiet instrument, and I suppose it's quite strange to have it with such loud music.     

Barry Burns

Piano playing is a dying art. I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument evoking an emotional and musical experience.     

Jon Bon Jovi

The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.     

Maria Cristina Mena

The piano is always true to me. In times of despair, happiness, and joy, its mood is always my own.     

Bradley Joseph

The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.     

Andres Segovia

For the piano and me it is always a blind date! I meet different pianos every single day. I can't take my piano with me like a bassist can take his instrument. So whenever I arrive I am a bit nervous to see what kind of piano is waiting for me.     


The piano has eighty-eight keys, and you have to be able to play all of them. And the range of white to black is analogous to the eighty-eight keys and you have to be able to play all eighty-eight keys in that palette from white to black.     

Ansel Adams

Life is like a piano. White keys are happy moments and the black ones are sad moments. Both keys are played together to give us the sweet music called Life.     

Suzy Kassem

In the piano, one has the instrument complete before he begins; but in the case of the voice, the instrument has to be developed by study.     

Alma Gluck

Piano is very elegant. I also think it's a very truthful instrument.     

Howard Shore

The piano and the singing are two equal things to me maybe not inseparable but very connected. You can say they are like two equal voices.     

Agnes Obel

To play piano is a significant part of my life, my existence. It fulfills a very physical & spiritual need for me.     

Michel Legrand

The piano is telling the story as well. It takes a poem, which is already very rich, and you hear it set to music.     

William Ferguson

The piano as a medium for expression is a whole world by itself. No other instrument can fill or replace its own say in the world of emotion, sentiment, poetry, imagery and fancy.     

Leopold Godowsky

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.     

Wassily Kandinsky

The piano is the social instrument par excellence drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity, the most massive of the devices by which the young are tortured in the name of education and the grown-up in the name of entertainment.     

Jacques Barzun

Pianos tend to get better as they age, the more you play them. They grow into their sound.     

Alicia Witt

Piano playing is more difficult than statesmanship. It is harder to awake emotions in ivory keys than it is in human beings.     

Ignacy Jan Paderewski

I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.     

Oscar Peterson

Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you're listening. Playing the piano allows you to do both at the same time.     

Kelsey Grammer

As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.     

Gustave Flaubert