Quotations The Best Quotes About Music  

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A list of the best music quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous music quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic music quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational music quotes from that same writer.

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Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison

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

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A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. W. H. Auden

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All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. Jean Cocteau

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Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman. Ludwig van Beethoven

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She was one of those people who said I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like. Max Beerbohm

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Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.

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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven

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Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement. Napoleon Bonaparte

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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas Carlyle

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Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. Joseph Addison

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Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason. Albert Camus

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It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.

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One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music. Thomas Carlyle

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Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible. Samuel Johnson

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Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Music causes us to think eloquently. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first. Josh Billings

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Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes. Bill Cosby

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'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end. Ben Jonson

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Song is the heroics of speech. Thomas Carlyle

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Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle

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The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune. Miguel de Cervantes

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The musical emotion springs precisely from the fact that at each moment the composer withholds or adds more or less than the listener anticipates on the basis of a pattern that he thinks he can guess, but that he is incapable of wholly divining. If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. When the composer withholds less, the opposite occurs: he forces us to perform gymnastic exercises more skillful than our own. Claude Lévi-Strauss

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Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness. Emil Cioran

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Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. Lawrence Durrell

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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. Noël Coward

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

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Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie. John Milton

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I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness. Havelock Ellis

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You are the music while the music lasts. T. S. Eliot

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Good music is very close to primitive language. Denis Diderot

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The new sound-sphere is global. It ripples at great speed across languages, ideologies, frontiers and races. The economics of this musical Esperanto is staggering. Rock and pop breed concentric worlds of fashion, setting and life-style. Popular music has brought with it sociologies of private and public manner, of group solidarity. The politics of Eden come loud. George Steiner

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He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. Albert Einstein

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

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Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent Victor Hugo

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The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it. Henry David Thoreau

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Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord. Plutarch

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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato

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Music is only love looking for words. Lawrence Durrell

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"From her gospel-singing mother Cissy Houston, her legendary pop-diva cousin Dionne Warwick, and her Queen of Soul godmother Aretha Franklin, she [Whitney Houston] inherited gifts for skillfully interpreting lyrics and endowing them with new depth and jeweled nuance." Aberjhani

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Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf. Oscar Wilde

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There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. Thomas Mann

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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.

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It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites --opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity --where energies flow smoothly in one direction --there will be much doing but no music. Eric Hoffer

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Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me. Jean Genet

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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