Music Quotes

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Take a music-bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.
Wagner's music is better than it sounds.


What we play is life.


Music is the eye of the ear.
Where words fail, music speaks.
Music is an outburst of the soul.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Music is feeling, then, not sound.
Good music is wine turned to sound.
Where words leave off, music begins.
He who sings frightens away his ills.


Music is only love looking for words.
If music be the food of love, play on.


Without music life would be a mistake.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
The one universal form of art is music.
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
Music is a means of rapid transportation.
Music is essentially useless, as is life.
Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
Music is a form of spiritual carbon dating.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Country music is three chords and the truth.
The hills are alive with the sound of music.
When love is deep, much can be accomplished.


Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
Music rots when it gets too far from the dance.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
Time isn't the main thing. It's the only thing.


Music keeps time and defies time, simultaneously.
The popular song is America's greatest ambassador.

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Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.


Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.


Music is the way our memories sing to us across time.
There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.
What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
To produce music is also in a sense to produce children.
God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.


Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.


Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
The other arts persuade us, but music takes us by surprise.


Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.


Music is the only religion that delivers the goods on earth.
As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes.
Give me some music—music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
There are two refuges from the miseries of life — music and cats.


Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
Every fragment of song holds a mirror to a past moment for someone.


Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
Music is a part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.
No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it.

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Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation.
One must take a leap and dare to make music, the fear of failure be damned.
Music, verily, is the mediator between the life of the mind and the senses.
Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below.
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet.

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After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.


Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor.


Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

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The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.


People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least not while the music lasts.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
When you are about thirty-five years old, something terrible always happens to music.
Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.


Music is the universal language of mankind—poetry their universal pastime and delight.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture—it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
By the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls.

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Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.


Music was my refuge.  I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.
In the evenings the art of building gave way to that of music, which is architecture, too, though invisible.
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
If I may venture my own definition of a folk song, I should call it "an individual flowering on a common stem."


Music is not technique and melody, but the meaning of life itself, infinitely sorrowful and unbearably beautiful.
My wish for you is, may your art satisfy you. Others will then rejoice in it, but the former is the more important.


Music resembles poetry; in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach,
And which a master-hand alone can reach.
It is generally recognized that music gives access to regions of the subconscious that can be reached in no other way.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.


Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled.
Music appeals to the heart, whereas writing is addressed to the intellect; it communicates ideas directly, like perfume.
We can never rely on inspiration.  Making music is actually little less than a matter of invention aided and abetted by emotion.
Music is the thousandth of a millisecond between one note and another; how you get from one to the othere-that's where the music is.

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It is quite untrue that English people don't appreciate music. They may not understand it but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty.  Magical music never leaves the memory.
A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.
And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall hold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
Poetry and music—but especially music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers—can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
Music...will help to dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibility, and in times of care and sorrow will keep a ground-bass of joy alive in you.
Music is a strange thing.  I would almost say it is a miracle.  For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon, between spirit and matter, a sort of nebulous mediator.
Do you remember what Darwin says about music?  He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at.
I occasionally play works by contemporary composers for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
The memories which come to us through music are not accompanied by any regrets.  For a moment, music gives us back the pleasures it retraces, and we feel them again rather than recollect them.
Gospel the rawest, sweetest, uninhibited and exquisite sounds a person can make or hear. It isn't music, it's an entire experience you feel and live.  A sound to rise you up again.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, it is the wine of a new procreation, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for men and makes them drunk with the spirit.
I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.
I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie.


We would liken music to Aladdin's lamp—worthless in itself, not so for the spirits which obey its call.  We love it for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings, it can summon with a touch.
Music is not illusion, but revelation rather. Its triumphant power lies in the fact that it reveals to us beauties we find nowhere else, and that the apprehension of them is not transitory, but a perpetual reconcilement of life.
I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.


God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards. Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble.
We were very lucky—we grew up in a generation where music was an incredibly intimate part of that generation. More intimate than it had been, and maybe more intimate than it is today, because today there's a lot of other alternatives. We didn't have video games to play. We didn't have personal computers. There's so many other things competing for kids time now. But, nonetheless, music is really being reinvented in this digital age, and that is bringing it back into people's live! It's a wonderful thing. And in our own small way, that's how we're working to make the world a better place.