Music Quotes

Henry david thoreau,
James joseph sylveste - may not music be described as the mathematics of...

The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
Sir Thomas Beecham
Leonard bernstein - music can name the unnameable and communicate the...
Those who dance were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Monet
The process of preparing programs for a digital computer is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic experience much like composing poetry or music.
Donald E. Knuth

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
Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4
The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Prima la musica, poi le parole first the music, then the words.
Antonio Salieri, title of an opera
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
Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is essentially useless, as life is but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
George Santayana
The earth has music for those who listen.
William Shakespeare
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)
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
Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large - How large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce - How scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.
Alfred North Whitehead
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw
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)
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossile to be silent.
Victor Hugo
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
Martin Luthe
What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
Samuel Butle
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Albert Schweitze
Music is a medicine for many... Silence is a poison for some...
Jacqui We
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
The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.
The Tribune, Berlin, 1871
Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects.
Stephen Leacock, 1912
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Michel de Montaigne
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.
Agnes de Mille
There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.
Isaac Stern
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 and say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Silence is more musical than any song.
Christina Rossetti
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
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
Warren Bennis
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
G. K. Chesterton
Those who hear not the music... think the dancers mad.
Unknown
Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace.
Plato