While this quote is probably a well known adage, Henry Van Dyke is quoted as saying: "Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best." Kind of similar. Hope it helped!
i am looking for the rest of this poem! I know it is Harry Wong's "The 100 first days of School". it also says, "If only the best athlestes dared compete, how weak our country would be." i am looking for the whole poem. If you find it, let me know. Thanks!
“If only the best birds would sing, it would be a mighty quiet forest.” ~Kodaly (?) Zoltán Kodály (born Kecskemét, 16 December 1882; died Budapest, 6 March 1967) 20th Century European composers, a pairing of Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. They were the undisputed champions of ethno-inspired early 20th-century classical music, dipping their quills deeply into the folk music of their native Hungary and translating its tantalizing rhythms and melodies into music of enormous originality and colour. Two popular and frequently recorded works like Kodaly's "Dances From Galanta" and Bartok's "Music for Strings" are excellent example and so many other short works by Bartók and Kodály.