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Quotes of the Day for 1 November 2002 – Drum Month

I don't often pay much attention to the array of commemorative months, weeks, and days. Most of them just don't move me any more than National Fried Celery Week (which doesn't exist) or National Iced Tea Month (which does), not to mention that there just aren't that many quotes appropriate for National Welding Month. But today is the first day of International Drum Month, sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society. Let your fingers beat out a quick tattoo on your desk as you check out these quotes on Drums.

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The quotes:

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.
     - Charles Eliot Norton, True Patriotism, 1898

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?
     - Kahlil Gibran, 1883 - 1931

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
     - Mary Ellen Kelly

It is odd, but on the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics.
     - Richard Feynman, 1918 - 1988


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