Music Quotes

Kin hubbard - classical music is the kind we keep thinking will...
Victor hugo - music expresses that which cannot remain silent...

Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel
David gridley, indiantown - swearing is like any other music... if it is not...
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
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

Music - - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge, which comprehends mankind, but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Ludwig van Beethoven
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
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!
Friedrich Nietzsche
I think there are only three things America will be known for 2, 000 years from now when they study this civilization the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
Gerald Early
My music is best understood by children and animals.
Igor Stravinsky, In Observer 8 Oct. 1961
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? 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".
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 he hears, how ever measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
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 truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music... Bodies never lie.
Agnes De Mille
Rap music... sounds like somebody feeding a rhyming dictionary to a popcorn popper.
Tom Robbins
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
Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Leonard Bernstein
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Bob Marley
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
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine
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 faraway.
Henry David Thoreau
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.
Edgar Watson Howe
Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
E. M. Cioran
I tried to resist his overtures, but he plied me with symphonies, quartettes, chamber music, and cantatas.
S. J. Perelman
The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
William Lyon Phelps
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3
We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Alfred A. Montapert
Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The earth has music for those who listen.
William Shakespeare
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
I write music with an exclamation point.
Richard Wagne
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
Henry Ward Beeche
It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit - - Enable them to see visions and dream dreams.
Eric Anderson
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
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
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter Lippmann
For none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
Gustave Flaubert, Charles Bovary
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOE Unbearably lovely music is heard as the curtain rises, and we see the woods on a summer afternoon. A fawn dances on and nibbles slowly at some leaves. He drifts lazily through the soft foliage. Soon he starts coughing and drops dead.
Woody Allen, Without Feathers