Music Quotes

S. j. perelman - i tried to resist his overtures, but he plied me...
Frederick the great - diplomacy without arms is like music without...

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 Luthe
William congreve, the mourning bride, act 1 scene 1 - music has charms to soothe the savage breast to...
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
If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
Tom Stoppard

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
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley, "Music at Night", 1931
Number is the Word but is not utterance it is wave and light, though no one sees it it is rhythm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each form of life is a particular reverberation of Number.
Maurice Druon
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy!
Friedrich Nietzsche
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
The music business was not safe, but it was FUN. It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway.
Lionel Richie
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.
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
Agnes de Mille
Since it architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music.
Friedrich von Schelling
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
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
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
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov
All the sounds of the earth are like music.
Oscar Hammerstein II
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Thomas Carlyle
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve
I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilised music in the world.
Peter Ustinov
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
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
Albert Schweitze
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
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
Samuel Johnson
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw
Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
My life is music. And in some vague, mysterious, and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often - - In fact, mostly - - At the expense of everything else in my life.
Stan Getz
Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do - - Can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.
Barbara She
Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel
Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words.
Victor Hugo
Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Leonard Bernstein
There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal.
The National, Paris, 1850
Words are the pen of the heart, but music is the pen of the soul.
Shneur Zalman
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music... Bodies never lie.
Agnes De Mille