Music Quotes

When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.
Aaron Copland

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.
Agnes De Mille

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly… music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.
Andre Segovia

Those who danced where thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Mont

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.
Anon.

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.
Aretha Franklin

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, but I could never quite pull it off.
Bryan Ferry

You can never get silence anywhere nowadays, have you noticed?
Bryan Ferry

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.
Charlie Parker

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
Dennis Gabor

I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
Elvis Presley

Architecture in general is frozen music.
F.W.J. Schelling

Since it architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music.
Friedrich Von Schelling

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Music is the vernacular of the human soul.
Geoffrey Latham

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Gustav Mahler

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
Isaac Stern

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Jean Paul Richter

Dateline Mesopotamia, 3500 B.C. That’s when the multi-faceted sounds we call music got its humble beginnings. It seems clappers were sent out the the fields to scare evil spirits away. These clappers started getting into the beat of their duty and, bingo, you got drums. From there, horns, strings, reeds, the whole orchestral gestalt. So, born in staving off death, music continues to nourish us in a variety of forms as different as the colors of the spectrum.
Jeffrey Vlaming

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that … I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.
John Lennon

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

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Leo Tolstoy

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Leonard Bernstein

You don’t need any brains to listen to music.
Luciano Pavarotti

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

Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
Mark Twain

I don’t believe in having bands for solo records.
Mick Jagger

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
Milton: _Arcades,_ Line 68.

Frank I’d known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She’d hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don’t recall her playing an instrument or be able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road 300 days of the year. In fact I bought her a harp for christmas. She asked me what it was.
Naked Gun From The Files Of Police Squad

music is the perfect type of art. Music can never reveal its ultimate secret. This, also, is the explanation of the value of limitations in art. The sculptor gladly surrenders imitative colour, and the painter the actual dimensions of form, because by
Oscar Wilde

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
Pablo Casals

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don’t like the tune.
Phillips Brooks

I write music with an exclamation point
Richard Wagner

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
Roald Dahl

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
Robert Browning

If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.
Sidney Lanier

Music is Love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanier

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.
Sidney Lanier

If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn’t have to go to an osteopath, then there’s something wrong.
Simon Rattle

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can’t hear it.
Sir Thomas Beecham

Discord oft in music makes the sweeter lay.
Spenser: _Faerie Queene,_ Bk. Iii., Canto Ii., St. 15.

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

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

Those who hear not the music. . . think the dancers mad.
Author Unknown

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossile to be silent.
Victor Hugo

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
W. H. Auden

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B. This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast.
William Congreve

If music be the food of love, play on Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.
William Shakespeare

The earth has music for those who listen.
William Shakespeare

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