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Music Quotes

To many people in various cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. It is an art form appreciated by the masses. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to music. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about music that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.  ~ Paul Simon


Music is the shorthand of emotion.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


Music touches places beyond our touching.  ~ Keith Bosley


Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.  ~ Maya Angelou


Music is the art of thinking with sounds.  ~ Jules Combarieu


Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.  ~ Thomas Fuller


The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.   ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Generally music feedeth that disposition of the spirits which it findith.  ~ Francis Bacon


The devil does not stay where music is.  ~ Martin Luther


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


Music is the eye of the ear.  ~ Thomas Draxe


Where words fail, music speaks.  ~ Hans Christian Andersen


Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher


What we play is life.  ~ Louis Armstrong


Never look at the brass - it only encourages them.  ~ Richard Strauss


Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.  ~ Douglas Adams


Music is essentially useless, as life is.  ~ George Santayana


Don't play what's there, play what's not there.  ~ Miles Davis


Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  ~ Berthold Auerbach


Without music life would be a mistake.  ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


The function of pop music is to be consumed.  ~ Pierre Boulez


Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


Hell is full of musical amateurs.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.  ~ George Eliot


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


Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher


If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.  ~ Louis Armstrong


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


I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it.  ~ Edvard Grieg


Youth has many glories, but judgement is not one of them, and no amount of electronic amplification can turn a belch into an aria.  ~ Alan Jay Lerner


Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Music is a strange thing. I would almost say it is a miracle. For it stands halfway between though and phenomenon. between spirit and matter.  ~ Heinrich Heine


Canned music is like audible wallpaper.  ~ Alistair Cooke


All music jars when the soul's out of tune.  ~ Miguel de Cervantes


The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.  ~ Leonard Bernstein


Music is another planet.  ~ Alphonse Daudet


Where words leave off, music begins.  ~ Heinrich Heine


Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. ~ Stevie Wonder


Music is well said to be the speech of angels.  ~ Thomas Carlyle


Truly to sing, that is a different breath.  ~ Rainer Maria Milke


My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.  ~ Martin Luther


A guitar has moonlight in it.  ~ James M. Cain


Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.  ~ George Carlin


Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.  ~ J. S. Bach


Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.  ~ Maria von Trapp


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.  ~ Maya Angelou


All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.  ~ Frank Zappa


Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.  ~ Gibran Khalil Gibran


Music is the voice of God traveling through ten-dimensional hyperspace.  ~ Michio Kaku


Music is an outburst of the soul.  ~ Frederick Delius


Music is the best means we have of digesting time.  ~ W.H. Auden


Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.  ~ Robert G. Ingersoll


There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.  ~ George Eliot


Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.  ~ Benjamin Disraeli


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Most people go to their grave with their music inside them.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.  ~ Martin Luther


Music is the universal language of mankind.  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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


Music is only love looking for words.  ~ Lawrence Durrell


Pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.  ~ Ian Anderson


People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least not while the music lasts.  ~ Paul Hindemith


If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.  ~ Albert Einstein


Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.  ~ Confucius


Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.  ~ Plato


Music is too idealistic a thing to permit itself to be bound to concrete references. You cannot have a white horse in music.  ~ Paul Rosenfield


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