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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.

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I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet.

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The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.

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What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
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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One must take a leap and dare to make music, the fear of failure be damned.
There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.
When love is deep, much can be accomplished.

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There are two refuges from the miseries of life — music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer quote.
There are two refuges from the miseries of life — music and cats.

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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. - Jascha Heifetz quote.
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.
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. - Ludwig van Beethoven quote.
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.
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.
My wish for you is, may your art satisfy you. Others will then rejoice in it, but the former is the more important.

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By the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls. - John Galsworthy quote.
By the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls.

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Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle quote.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo quote.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
If music be the food of love, play on. - William Shakespeare quote.
If music be the food of love, play on.

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Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley quote.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

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All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music. - Walter Pater quote.
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Walter Pater Studies in the History of The Renaissance

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As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes. - John Dryden quote.
As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes.
Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.

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To produce music is also in a sense to produce children. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
To produce music is also in a sense to produce children.
Without music, life would be a mistake. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
Every fragment of song holds a mirror to a past moment for someone.

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The other arts persuade us, but music takes us by surprise.

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Without music, life is a journey through a desert. - Pat Conroy quote.
Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
Country music is three chords and the truth.
Music is the way our memories sing to us across time.
Music is the shorthand of emotion. - Leo Tolstoy quote.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Where words fail, music speaks. - Hans Christian Andersen quote.
Where words fail, music speaks.
Music is a higher revelation than philosophy. - Ludwig van Beethoven quote.
Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least not while the music lasts.
He who sings frightens away his ills. - Cervantes quote.
He who sings frightens away his ills.

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God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing. - Rabindranath Tagore quote.
God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.

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If I may venture my own definition of a folk song, I should call it "an individual flowering on a common stem."

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Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it.

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The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie. - Agnes de Mille quote.
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.

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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. - Steve Jobs quote.
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.
Steve Jobs Rolling Stone magazine, December 2003
When you are about thirty-five years old, something terrible always happens to music.
Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor.

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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.

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The popular song is America's greatest ambassador.

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A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.
Wagner's music is better than it sounds. - Mark Twain quote.
Wagner's music is better than it sounds.

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When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. - E. W. Howe quote.
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.
Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Nothing soothes me more after a long and maddening course of pianoforte recitals than to sit and have my teeth drilled.
Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.
Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.

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I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
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. - Thomas Carlyle quote.
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 hath charms to soothe the savage breast. - William Congreve quote.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
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. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote.
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.
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. - Noel Coward quote.
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. - Kin Hubbard quote.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
It is quite untrue that English people don't appreciate music. They may not understand it but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
Music is essentially useless, as is life. - George Santayana quote.
Music is essentially useless, as is life.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. - Louis Armstrong quote.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.

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Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one. - Duke Ellington quote.
Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.

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Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
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. - Martin Luther quote.
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.
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. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote.
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.
Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

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Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below. - Joseph Addison quote.
Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below.
Music keeps time and defies time, simultaneously.
Music was my refuge.  I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou quote.
Music was my refuge.  I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Music is the best means we have of digesting time. - Wystan Auden quote.
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
The one universal form of art is music. - Faith Baldwin quote.
The one universal form of art is music.
Music appeals to the heart, whereas writing is addressed to the intellect; it communicates ideas directly, like perfume. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
Music appeals to the heart, whereas writing is addressed to the intellect; it communicates ideas directly, like perfume.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty.  Magical music never leaves the memory.
Music, verily, is the mediator between the life of the mind and the senses. - Ludwig van Beethoven quote.
Music, verily, is the mediator between the life of the mind and the senses.
Poetry and music—but especially music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers—can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. - Leonard Bernstein quote.
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 a part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior. - Boethius quote.
Music is a part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.
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. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote.
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.
Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once. - Robert Browning quote.
Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.

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Music is not technique and melody, but the meaning of life itself, infinitely sorrowful and unbearably beautiful. - Pearl Buck quote.
Music is not technique and melody, but the meaning of life itself, infinitely sorrowful and unbearably beautiful.
Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation. - John Cage quote.
Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation.
John Cage Silence: Lectures and Writings
Music is a means of rapid transportation. - John Cage quote.
Music is a means of rapid transportation.
John Cage Silence: Lectures and Writings
Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture—it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Music is an outburst of the soul.
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. - Madame de Stael quote.
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.
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. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quote.
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.
Music is the eye of the ear.
It is generally recognized that music gives access to regions of the subconscious that can be reached in no other way.
Music is only love looking for words. - Lawrence Durrell quote.
Music is only love looking for words.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. - Lawrence Durrell quote.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
We can never rely on inspiration.  Making music is actually little less than a matter of invention aided and abetted by emotion. - George Gershwin quote.
We can never rely on inspiration.  Making music is actually little less than a matter of invention aided and abetted by emotion.
The hills are alive with the sound of music. - Oscar Hammerstien quote.
The hills are alive with the sound of music.
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. - Heinrich Heine quote.
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.
Where words leave off, music begins. - Heinrich Heine quote.
Where words leave off, music begins.
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
It is the only sensual pleasure without vice. - Samuel Johnson quote.
It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
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. - Letitia Landon quote.
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 the universal language of mankind—poetry their universal pastime and delight. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote.
Music is the universal language of mankind—poetry their universal pastime and delight.
Music is a form of spiritual carbon dating.
Without music life would be a mistake.
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. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
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.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. - Anaïs Nin quote.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life. - Jean Paul quote.
Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Music resembles poetry; in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach,
And which a master-hand alone can reach.
Music rots when it gets too far from the dance. - Ezra Pound quote.
Music rots when it gets too far from the dance.
Give me some music—music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
Music is feeling, then, not sound. - Wallace Stevens quote.
Music is feeling, then, not sound.
Good music is wine turned to sound. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox quote.
Good music is wine turned to sound.
In the evenings the art of building gave way to that of music, which is architecture, too, though invisible. - Marguerite Yourcenar quote.
In the evenings the art of building gave way to that of music, which is architecture, too, though invisible.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. - Frank Zappa quote.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

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Music is the only religion that delivers the goods on earth. - Frank Zappa quote.
Music is the only religion that delivers the goods on earth.
Gospel singing...is 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. - Lynda Barry quote.
Gospel singing...is 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.
What we play is life. - Louis Armstrong quote.
What we play is life.

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

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Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. - Igor Stravinsky quote.
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
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. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
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.
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. - Johann Sebastian Bach quote.
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
Music fills the infinite between two souls. - Rabindranath Tagore quote.
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
Time isn't the main thing. It's the only thing.

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