“Next to books, there is no inanimate thing in the house that can produce so much profitable pleasure as the piano. A library and a piano are symbols of high cultivation. These two spread that nobler banquet where the soul is fed, without fear of gluttony or dissipation.
“As books bring into our daily circle, as noblest companions, the noblest spirits that ever wrought on earth, and permit us to rear our children under the noblest natures, so the piano, with simple incantations, brings up from their sleep the noble brotherhood of song, and persuades them to dwell among us.”
From Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1874
Quote: via The Tertium Kid