Selected Quotes about Music

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. -- John Adams

I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland. -- Woody Allen

Where words fail, music speaks. -- Hans Christian Andersen

I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand. -- Sir Edward Appleton

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. -- W. H. Auden

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. -- Johann Sebastian Bach

If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it. -- Pierre Beaumarchais

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it. -- Sir Thomas Beecham

Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away. -- Sir Thomas Beecham

This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. -- Leonard Bernstein

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. -- Leonard Bernstein

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music. -- Allan Bloom

Sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is music where ever there is a harmony, order, or proportion: and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres. -- Sir Thomas Browne

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience. -- John Cage

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. -- Thomas Carlyle

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. -- Pablo Casals

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. -- G. K. Chesterton

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them! -- Louis-Ferdinand Cline

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

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B.: This quote is commonly misquoted as "savage beast." -- William Congreve

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' -- Aaron Copland

I think everyone should have a Beatles phase in their life. I think it's part of growing up in the Western world. -- Jadelr and Cristina Cordova

Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down. Because that’s something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is. -- Claude Debussy

Do not allow the accents in the brass to produce space between the notes. -- Claude Debussy

Music is the space between the notes. -- Claude Debussy

I hate music, especially when it's played. -- Jimmy Durante

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. -- Albert Einstein

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. -- George Eliot

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. -- George Eliot

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. -- John Erskine

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. -- Robert Fripp

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings. -- Ed Gardner

Music is the soul of language. -- Max Heindel

These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity the sound achieved by the pig. -- Alfred Hitchcock

If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good. -- Abbie Hoffman

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

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards. -- Homer

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. -- Kin Hubbard

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. -- Aldous Huxley

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. -- Samuel Johnson

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. -- Walter Savage Landor

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. -- Martin Luther

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. -- Martin Luther

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. -- Groucho Marx

Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy. -- Jean Baptiste Montegut

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. -- Vladimir Nabokov

Only sick music makes money today. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Wagner's music is better than it sounds. -- Edgar Wilson Nye

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems. -- Arthur O'Shaunessey

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. -- Charlie Parker

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. -- Elvis Presley

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger. -- Dan Rather

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here! -- J. K. Rowling

Music is essentially useless, as life is. -- George Santayana

Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions. -- George Santayana

But then there's a moment like tonight, a profound and transcendent experience, the feeling as if a door has opened, and it's all because of that instrument, that incredible, magical instrument. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

When I wished to sing of love it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow it was transformed for me into love. -- Franz Schubert

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -- Albert Schweitzer

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! -- William Shakespeare

When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress. -- William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. -- William Shakespeare

Hell is full of musical amateurs. -- George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. -- George Bernard Shaw

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

[T]here's no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet; this is just truth, plain and simple. -- Chuck Sigars

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. -- Edith Sitwell

My music is best understood by children and animals. -- Igor Stravinsky

The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish. -- Virgil Thomson

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. -- Henry David Thoreau

Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. -- Oscar Wilde

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