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The Best Quotes About Music

Updated June 18, 2019 912 votes 43 voters 3.9k 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?"

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

    J. K. Rowling
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    Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

    Noël Coward
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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 was invented to confirm human loneliness.

    Lawrence Durrell
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    Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.

    Emil Cioran
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    Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

    John Milton
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    You are the music while the music lasts.

    T. S. Eliot
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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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    Good music is very close to primitive language.

    Denis Diderot
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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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    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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    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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    I resent performing for frisking idiots who don't know anything.

    John Lennon
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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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    I am fond of music I think because it is so amoral. Everything else is moral and I am after something that isn't. I have always found moralizing intolerable.

    Hermann Hesse
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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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    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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    Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.

    Elbert Hubbard
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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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    It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.

    Samuel Johnson
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    Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

    John Keats
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    Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress.

    Claude Lévi-Strauss
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    I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.

    Martin Luther