65 Ballad Quotes On Success In Life

These Ballad quotes will inspire you. A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson balladée or ballade, which were original “dance songs”.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging Ballad quotes, Ballad sayings, and Ballad proverbs.

Best Ballad Quotes

  1. “Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.” ~ Henry Rollins
  2. “A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. “You can’t imagine parlor ballads drifting out of high-rise multi-towered buildings. That kind of music existed in a more timeless state of life.” ~ Bob Dylan
  4. “I love theatrics and have a huge imagination: Why would I want to sit onstage and sing a bunch of ballads back-to-back?” ~ Christina Aguilera

  5. “I subscribe to that school of thespian – to be a wandering minstrel or traveling player, a thing of rags and patches, of ballads, songs and snatches.” ~ Julian Sands
  6. “Fergie will sing ballads to the dogs and they’ll sit there rapt. You know your wife’s a star when she keeps the dogs entertained for 20 minutes.” ~ Josh Duhamel
  7. “I’d like to do a pop album with an R and B influence. I definitely want to have those big ballads with the uptempo hits as well.” ~ Pia Toscano
  8. “My favorite type of music to sing is definitely those big ballads, I just love doing those power ballads.” ~ Pia Toscano

  9. “It’s true, there’s a lot of melancholy in my music. I don’t know why, I’m not a melancholy person. I’ve always been drawn to it. Ever since I was a kid, if I had an album I would play the ballads on repeat.” ~ Norah Jones
  10. “Well the country songs themselves are three-chord stories, ballads which are mostly sad. If you are already feeling sorry for yourself when you listen to them they will take you to an even sadder place.” ~ Willie Nelson
  11. “But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.” ~ John Fogerty
  12. “I think that ballads are always something where I can really become one with the audiance.” ~ Namie Amuro
  13. “In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them.” ~ Kate Smith

  14. “Even on the most serious ballads, I’ll throw in a tongue-in-cheek remark.” ~ Brad Paisley
  15. “I also plan to release a ballads collection.” ~ Vinnie Vincent
  16. “The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age.” ~ Lascelles Abercrombie
  17. “True popular ballads are the spontaneous products of nature.” ~ Francis James Child
  18. “Some people resemble ballads which are only sung for a certain time.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  19. “I have a passion for ballad. . . . They are the gypsy children of song, born under green hedgerows in the leafy lanes and bypaths of literature,–in the genial Summertime.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. “I wanted to bring back that big, ballad type of music that we used to love so much. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, when they first came out, that’s what I grew up singing.” ~ LaToya London
  21. “In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang ’em, I gave myself goosebumps.” ~ Sammy Hagar
  22. “Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.” ~ Douglas MacArthur
  23. “I like to sing ballads the way Eddie Fisher does and the way Perry Como does. But the way I’m singing now is what makes the money.” ~ Elvis Presley

  24. “The farmer’s daughter hath soft brown hair And I met with a ballad, I can’t say where, That wholly consisted of lines like these.” ~ Charles Stuart Calverley
  25. “For a ballad’s a thing you expect to find lies in.” ~ Samuel Lover
  26. “More solid things do not show the complexion of the times so well as Ballads and Libels.” ~ John Selden
  27. “The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point?but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” ~ Douglas MacArthur
  28. “A famous man is Robin Hood, The English ballad-singer’s joy.” ~ William Wordsworth

  29. “A ballad once in a while doesn’t go amiss” ~ Chrissie Hynde
  30. “I love a ballad but even too well if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.” ~ William Shakespeare
  31. “I was kind of known as a ballad singer. People would send ballads. Some of them would go over my shoulder and float off the top of my head, and I just didn’t feel anything. Then I would hear a song that would absolutely shake me.” ~ Rita Coolidge
  32. “I had rather be a kitten and cry mew Than one of these same metre ballet-mongers.” ~ William Shakespeare
  33. “I have always been a sucker for ballads, but you have to be careful these days, you can’t overload people.” ~ Joe Cocker

  34. “Do you have any idea how much an elephant drinks?” ~ Sara Gruen
  35. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” ~ William Wordsworth
  36. “You know why I quit playing ballads? Cause I love playing ballads.” ~ Miles Davis
  37. “There’s a story behind every old ballad or work song or nonsense song that I ever knew. Sometimes it’s a fascinating story. A story of people struggling for freedom, struggling to get along in this old world.” ~ Pete Seeger
  38. “I do ballads that say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear, or I do songs about social issues.” ~ Kenny Rogers

  39. “To sing the ballad with a knowingness about what you are talking about. If it’s somebody else’s lyric, and the message is a little unusual for you, it requires that you learn that new message.” ~ Al Jarreau
  40. “All melodious poets shall be hoarse as street ballads, when once the penetrating keynote of nature and spirit is sounded-the earth-beat, sea-beat, heart-beat, which make the tune to which the sun rolls, and the globule of blood and the sap of the trees.” ~ Charles Ives
  41. “I’m not a real good musician, but I can write [a song] pretty well. I experiment once in a while to see what I can do. I find out the best I can do is stay with ballads.” ~ Marty Robbins
  42. “I had rather be a Kitten, and cry mew, Than one of these same Meeter Ballad-mongers: I had rather heare a Brazen Candlestick turn’d, Or a dry Wheele grate on the Axle-tree, And that would set my teeth nothing an edge, Nothing so much, as mincing Poetrie.” ~ William Shakespeare
  43. “Oh, I’m a ballad queen for sure… I don’t dig dance stuff very much but I seem to hit the charts with it. Go figure.” ~ Phyllis Hyman

  44. “I laughed and pointed out that “Hash Browns Mean Nothing Without You” was a pretty good name for a band. “Or a song,” the Duke said, and then she started singing all glam rock, a glove up to her face holding an imaginary mic as she rocked out an a cappella power ballad. “Oh, I deep fried for you / But now I weep ‘n’ cry for you / Oh, babe, this meal was made for two / And these hash browns mean nothing, oh these hash browns mean nothing, yeah these HASH BROWNS MEAN NOTHIN’ without you.” ~ John Green
  45. “Inspiration and ideas only come to me when I have not had a woman in a very long time… Ballads, polonaises, even a whole concerto may have been lost forever up your des durka, I can’t tell you how many. I have been so deeply engulfed in my love for you I have hardly created anything.” ~ Claude Debussy
  46. “Actually when I’m depressed or feeling down, I seem to play quiet music and enjoy the time. So I listen to a lot of ballads and I try to enjoy the time with music.” ~ Kim Tae-yeon
  47. “I have decided long ago that my songs and ballads would not get the hugs and kisses of the capitalistic experts.” ~ Woody Guthrie

  48. “Too many musicians rush through everything with too many notes. I need time to take the picture. A ballad should be a ballad. It’s important to understand what the song is saying, and learn how to tell the story. It takes time. I can’t rush it. I really can’t rush it.” ~ Shirley Horn
  49. “It’s hard to pin down what makes Weiss’ music so distinctive. Perhaps it’s that even in the ballads, the tone is upbeat, the outlook positive. The way Weiss writes – passionately, wittily and with respect for his fellow musicians – attests to his talent and appetite for creativity, and suggests a long, enjoyable career.” ~ Carlo Wolff
  50. “In my early 20s, I had this idea that I was going to front a band, like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. I didn’t just want to be the chick singing ballads about somebody breaking my heart. Everyone in the business said, ‘Why don’t you do what Olivia Newton-Jonn and Linda Ronstadt are doing?’ But I wanted to sing as a powerful female who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind or be sexual.” ~ Pat Benatar
  51. “The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else.” ~ Nick Cave
  52. “If we hooked up, he could write me ballads and stuff. You gotta admit, nothing’s sexier than a guy who writes music.” ~ Becca Fitzpatrick

  53. “I swear that woman had a previous career as a death-hunter selling tragic ballads down around the Seven Dials,” said Will. “And I do wish she wouldn’t sing about poisoning just after we’ve eaten.” ~ Cassandra Clare
  54. “There are, of course, inherent tendencies to repetition in music itself. Our poetry, our ballads, our songs are full of repetition; nursery rhymes and the little chants and songs we use to teach young children have choruses and refrains. We are attracted to repetition, even as adults; we want the stimulus and the reward again and again, and in music we get it. Perhaps, therefore, we should not be surprised, should not complain if the balance sometimes shifts too far and our musical sensitivity becomes a vulnerability.” ~ Oliver Sacks
  55. “This summer-sweet night is only one minute upon one minute upon another Beautiful cacophony, sugar upon lips, dancing to exhaustion I thought of you, before this minute upon another minute upon another Until, numb, my lips fell onto the mouth of another, and I was undone. ~from Golden Tongue: The Poems of Steven Slaughter which is a fictional book in Ballad: A gathering of faerie” ~ Maggie Stiefvater
  56. “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away” ~ Douglas MacArthur
  57. “Ye are better than all the ballads That ever were sung or said; For ye are living poems, And all the rest are dead.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  58. “Every generation wants to be the last. Every generation hates the next trend in music they can’t understand. We hate to give up those reins of our culture. To find our own music playing in elevators. The ballad for our revolution, turned into background music for a television commercial. To find our generation’s clothes and hair suddenly retro.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk
  59. “In eternity this world will be like Troy, I believe, and all that has passed here will be the epic of the universe, the ballad they sing in the streets.” ~ Marilynne Robinson
  60. “That’s what is so great about being able to record a 13-song album. You can do a very eclectic group of songs. You do have some almost pop songs in there, but you do have your traditional country, story songs. You have your ballads, your happy songs, your sad songs, your love songs, and your feisty songs.” ~ Reba McEntire
  61. “My love was Bob Dylan, but as I got older I realized a good ballad was a good ballad.” ~ Bonnie Raitt

  62. “Now ballads, I can mess around and get up on somebody on a ballad. People ain’t seen it yet, but I can mess around and get up in there. I’ve had Ruben Studdard up in my house, Brian McKnight, Tank. Every once in a while I throw down with them.” ~ Jamie Foxx
  63. “I’d hear some beautiful Sade or Kings Of Convenience ballad remixed in a club and I liked that these simple little songs seemed to be masquerading. They had put on superhero costumes, got all beefy, and here they were on the dancefloor. I was interested in that. I can’t make electronic beats, so I leave it to the pros like Boys Noize and Chromeo.” ~ Feist
  64. “My child, you have a flawed grasp of the nature of myth-making. I am a poet and storyteller, a creator of ballads and sagas. Pray do not confuse the exercise of the imagination with mere mendacity. I am a master of the mysteries of words, their meanings and music and mellifluous magic.” ~ Frances Hardinge
  65. “If you are the lantern, I am the flame; If you are the lake, then I am the rain; If you are the desert, I am the sea; If you are the blossom, I am the bee; If you are the fruit, then I am the core; If you are the rock, then I am the ore; If you are the ballad, I am the word; If you are the sheath, then I am the sword.” ~ Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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