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The Best Quotes About Music

Updated June 18, 2019 912 votes 43 voters 3.8k views88 items

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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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about music?" and "What are inspirational music quotes?"

This list includes notable music quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest music quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite music sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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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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    Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.

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

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

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

    Joseph Addison
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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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    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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    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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    Music causes us to think eloquently.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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    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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    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 hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.

    Josh Billings
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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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    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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    Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.

    Miguel de Cervantes
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