• Title: Violinists: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
  • Author: Icon Group
  • Released: 0000-00-00
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Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Familiar Quotations

Violinists – "Fiddlers"

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
–Charles Kettering

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

Use in Literature


Had he been a master violinist, he would have been unable to play a note from a wild desire to flourish the bow.
–James Lane Allen in The Reign of Law.

Jenkins, an excellent Yankee character artist; Diamond, the dancer; a violinist, and one or two others.
–Joel Benton in A Unique Story of a Marvellous Career. Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum.

It was a happy sound, without a recognizable tune, but a gay, wild improvisation as if a violinist, drunk, was remembering snatches of masterpieces, throwing out lovely fragments here and there and filling the intervals out of his own excited fancy.
–Max Brand in The Seventh Man.

There was a log fire burning, and seated at a table was a little man in spectacles with his hair brushed back from his brow like a popular violinist.
–John Buchan in Greenmantle.

She was the wife of Harold Sohlberg, a Danish violinist who was then living in Chicago, a very young man; but she was not a Dane, and he was by no means a remarkable violinist, though he had unquestionably the musical temperament.
–Theodore Dreiser in The Titan.

Jefferson was an excellent violinist, a skilled mathematician and a profound scholar.
–Edward S. Ellis in Thomas Jefferson.

Schabelitz, the famous violinist, came to Winnebago to give a concert under the auspices of the Young Men's Sunday Evening Club.
–Edna Ferber in Fanny Herself.

Theodore Brandeis, the violinist.
–Edna Ferber in Fanny Herself.

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