Music Quotes

Agnes de mille - the truest expression of a people is in its dance...
George gordon byron - there is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is...

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Conclusion, 1854
William shakespeare - when griping grief the heart doth wound, and...
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthald Auerbach
All the sounds of the earth are like music.
Oscar Hammerstein II

Music is essentially useless, as life is but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
George Santayana
Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people.
Ben Harpe
Marty This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry.
This Is Spinal Tap
The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.
Phillips Brooks
Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche
We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language.... We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a common goal of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
Henry Ward Beeche
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
It is in learning music that many youthful hearts learn to love.
Ricard
Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.
Luthe
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
The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music.
Jonathan Edwards
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley, "Music at Night", 1931
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!
Friedrich Nietzsche
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 Thompson
Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.
Jim Davis
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.
Plato
Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Ludwig van Beethoven
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Joseph Addison
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Kin Hubbard
My loathings are simple stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Bob Marley
From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage. From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought. From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.
Visions of Gregorian Chants
I could be whatever I wanted to be if I trusted that music, that song, that vibration of God that was inside of ME.
Shirley MacLaine
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 is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Since it architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music.
Friedrich von Schelling
The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - - what are they They are the happiest people in the world.
William Lyon Phelps