380 Famous and Inspirational Music Quotes
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380 Famous and Inspirational Music Quotes

Music is an art form and cultural activity. Sounds, tunes, singing are all reflections of music. The power of music lies in its ability to elicit a wide range of emotions quickly. There is music that lifts you when you’re sad. Music can help you reach the next level and instils a feeling of courage and hope during times of despair. Not many other activities are so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives as listening to music. In fact, to almost all of us, music is a central element of life.

These music quotes are from the composers and some well-known people. We’ve put together a list of 380 famous and inspirational quotes and sayings about music that highlight the unique power of music. These are the beautiful quotes that beautifully articulate the life-changing benefits of music. Enjoy!

380 Music Quotes

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: ‘The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“The taxpayers cannot be relied upon to support performing arts such as opera. As a taxpayer, I am forced to admit that I would rather undergo a vasectomy via Weed Whacker than attend an opera.” – Dave

“It’s almost charity work, what people have done, turning other people on to my music.” – John Mayer

“You are the music while the music lasts.” – T.S.

“Most things in music go full circle eventually.” – Simon Cowell

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.” – Dick Clark

“What’s better than yelling is hollerin’ love. What’s better than rhymes, nickels, dimes and dollars and dubs. Is dialing up your darling just for callin’ her up. It ain’t nothing better than fallin’ in love.” – Chance The Rapper

“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.” – Lily

“Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.” – Josh Homme

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

“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 is something that should speak for itself, straight from the heart. It took me a long time to understand that.” – Damon Albarn

“Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Then I felt something inside me break, and music began to pour out into the quiet. My fingers danced; intricate and quick, they spun something gossamer and tremulous into the circle of light our fire had made. The music moved like a spiderweb stirred by a gentle breath, it changed like a leaf twisting as it falls to the ground, and it felt like three years Waterside in Tarbean, with a hollowness inside you and hands that ached from the bitter cold.” – Patrick Rothfuss

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.” – Martin Luther

“Music is like a huge release of tension.” – James Taylor

“My music, I hope, takes 100% of your concentration. I know how to do that.” – Trent Reznor

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when I know facts, I can say facts. My music will go on forever.” – Bob Marley

“You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.” – David Byrne

“He who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.” – Robert

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” – Robert Fripp

“Music is a very big participant in everything I do, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.” – Zoe Saldana

“Negro music expresses, on the human plane, the harmony of the vast rhythms of the universe. It is a state in which the dancer vests himself with the vital forces that gravitate around him, to harmonize with the rhythms of the cosmos, identifying himself with them in order to participate in the universal order.” – The

“Morning is brightest when it is breaking, Music is sweetest just at its waking…” – Florence Percy

“Love is friendship set to music.” – Jackson Pollock

“Hug a musician. They never get to dance.” – Richard

“Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven.” – Lawrence

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” – Steve Maraboli

“Music is very spiritual; it has the power to bring people together.” – Edgar Winter

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp

“Most chamber music is of a nature so intimate, a charm so delicate, that its quality is wholly destroyed under the stampede of eighty breathing mortals.” – Catherine

“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I’m lost in the music. Until I am the music – notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it’s okay because when I’m the music, I’m not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.” – Jennifer Donnelly

“Music is love in search of a word.” – Sidney Lanier

“Ladies and gentleman, I’ve suffered for my music, now it’s your turn.” – Neil Innes

“Music rots when it gets too far from the dance. Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music.” – Ezra

“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” – Robert Plant

“Life is like a beautiful melody; only the lyrics are messed up.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

“Music is in the ear of him who hears, As beauty in the eyes of him who sees…” – Florence Percy

“Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music’That actually means they like no kinds of music.” – Chuck Klosterman

“Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson

“For me, there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” – Eric Clapton

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.” – Oliver

“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” Taylor Swift

“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds: And as the mind is pitch’d the ear is pleased with melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear is touch’d within us, and the heart replies.” – William Cowper

“I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.” – Criss Jami

“Ain’t about how fast I get there, Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb” – Miley Cyrus

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” – Truman Capote

“When words leave off, music begins.” – Heinrich

“It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact, you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.” – Ursula

“That’s the amazing thing about music: there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles

“Music is a safe kind of high.” – Jimi Hendrix

“I wish he could see that music lives. Forever. That it’s stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.” – Jennifer Donnelly

“Music should be your escape.” – Missy Elliott

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

“Music… fills the present with electric ecstasy.” – James

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.” – Nina LaCour

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

“The cool thing about music is no one can take music away from you, writing-wise.” – Darren Criss

“But, whether the sorrow was too vast to be embodied in music, or music too ethereal to uplift a mortal woe, he soon discovered that the requiem was beyond him…” – Louisa

“Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.” – Buffy

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” – Aaron Copland

“As Goethe, when he had a joy or a grief, put it into a song, so Laurie resolved to embalm his love sorrow in music, and compose a Requiem which should harrow up Jo’s soul and melt the heart of every hearer.” – Louisa

“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

“Philip had brightened at the proposition, for there is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music—that does not make a man sing or play the better…” – George

“The city is built to music, therefore never built at all, And therefore built forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.” – Lady Gaga

“It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.” – George Eliot

“Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass.” – Michael

“Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate.” – Arnold

“Avoid the raptures and the prejudices, sometimes the attendant follies on an unbounded love of music.” – Countess

“Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter – to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“There’s music in the sighing of a reed; There’s music in the gushing of a rill; There’s music in all things, if men had ears: Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.” – Lord Byron

“Sometimes, I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” – Sarah Dessen

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

“Music and silence combine strongly because music is made with silence, and silence is full of music.” – Marcel Marceau

“Music is a liberal science, and ought to be liberally upheld…” – Olivia

“Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.” – William

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides.” – Artur

“Some people have lives; some people have music.” – John Green

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein

“I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” – Morrissey

“Mozart composed music of radiant vivacity, sparkle, and wit at times when he was crushed by neglect, debt, and the awful discouragement of living his whole life insufficiently compensated and recognized.” – Marcia

“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” – Nicholas Sparks

“The tone of musical instruments and our own voice facilitate deepening the resonance of our body-mind with the universal rhythms and wholeness of spirit. Yogic practices of rhythmic breath and devotion, chanting and singing, or other forms of gentle movement such as T’ai chi, promote integration… As we align more closely with our own rhythm, serendipity is a frequent visitor as we resonate more closely with the rhythms of the universe.” – JoEllen

“Marr’d is our music by the singer’s tears and vex’d with tremblings of the harper’s hand. The perfect notes of the symphonious spheres who but the listening stars may understand.” – William Watson

“A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.” – Benny

“Music is one of the best ways to enjoy the present. It’s not that much fun to look forward to hearing music or to remember what a song sounded like last week, but music right now absorbs you and places you directly in the moment.” – Terri

“No good opera plot can be sensible:… people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” – W.H.

“Music is a charm which has so much influence over the senses…” – Olivia

“All the shopping malls and restaurants and airports are riddled with low-fidelity loudspeakers, which apparently have developed the ability to reproduce by themselves; these are all connected to a special programming service called Music That Nobody Really Likes, and you cannot get away from it.” – Dave

“Many a time, now, the old childhood dreams came back to Hester, and her fingers would drift into tender melodies and minor chords not on the printed page, until all the stifled love and longing of those dreary, colorless years of the past found voice at her finger-tips.” – Eleanor

“Rhythm is the heartbeat of life. Rhythm is a universal vibrational language. The drum’s sonorous voice expresses the basic rhythm patterns: the tides, the phases of the moon, the changing seasons, and the myriad cycles of life.” – Michael

“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well, but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practicing, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.” – Robert Schumann

“Chamber music — a conversation between friends.” – Catherine

“It was when… she was alone that the great joy of this new-found treasure of improvising came to her, and she could set free her heart and soul on the ivory keys.” – Eleanor

“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is the music itself.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Music is my higher power” – Oliver James

“Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker.” – William

“Music is the color of sound.” – Author

“Musicians wrestle everywhere: All day, among the crowded air, I hear the silver strife…” – Emily Dickinson

“There is no truer truth obtainable by Man than comes of music.” – Robert Browning

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” – Maria Augusta von Trapp

“I’ve always felt music is the only way to give an instantaneous moment the feel of slow motion. To romanticise it and glorify it and give it a soundtrack and a rhythm.” – Taylor Swift

“You have to take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play, allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.” – Kelly White

“The bones of music are the universal rhythms within us all.” – Terri

“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ” – Lady Gaga

“There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.” – Louis Armstrong

“Without music life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich

“The world’s most famous and popular language is music.” – Psy

“Music is a talent given to me by God. A medium and a platform and a way to spread a message of righteousness… a message of love, a message of unity.” – Stephen Marley

“The return of her husband at sunset is a feast, and the evening is delightful with poetry and music.” – Ednah

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski

“Thus, not only poems but pictures and statues, might be set to music…. the Aurora of Guido…. begin with a slow, subdued, and solemn movement, to express the slumbrous softness of that dewy hour which precedes the coming of the day, and which in the picture broods over the distant landscape; then the stealing upwards of the gradual dawn; the brightening, the quickening of all life; the awakening of the birds, the burst of the sunlight, the rushing of the steeds of Hyperion through the sky, the aerial dance of the Hours, and the whole concluding with a magnificent choral song of triumph and rejoicing sent up from universal nature…. Can you not just imagine such a piece of music….” – Anna

“Handel, whose soul was raised to heaven, who sang of heavenly things; Haydn, whose cheerful and happy strains breathe forth the golden age, and whose magic chain twines round the heart, and delights the senses; Mozart, immortal Mozart, like immortal Shakespeare, king of composers, who left on earth all the inexhaustible treasures of his luxuriant mind; Beethoven, the kingly master of composition, prince of genius, super-excellent in all the deep and sombre conceptions of music idea, whose fancies seemed to flit from earth to heaven, as though to feed his soul with heavenly melody; Steibelt, his music is a scene of life, a vessel on the ocean, now tossed from wave to wave, now sailing on the unruffled sea is delightful calm.” – Olivia

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy

“Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Tiffanie DeBartolo

“If this word “music” is sacred and reserved for eighteenth and nineteenth-century instruments, we can substitute a more meaningful term: organization of sound.” – John

“Art and composition tolerate no conventional fetters: mind and soul soar above them.” – Joseph

“MusicMusic is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.” – Isaac Marion

“What feeling feels like over time. An attempt to screw up what feeling feels like over time. Heartbreak and a high C… The often welcome melodic lie… The soul’s undersong. The orchestration of randomness, a flirtation with the boundaries of silence and space…. a reminder that the self wants to disappear, be taken away from itself and returned.” – Stephen

“I wanna wake up where your love is, ‘Cause your love is always waking mine.” – Bishop Briggs

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

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” – Michael Jackson

“Reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on the clouds.” – Kanye West

“My music is a luxury.” – Lana Del Rey

“What we provide is an atmosphere… of the orchestrated pulse which works on people in a subliminal way. Under its influence, I’ve seen shy debs and severe dowagers kick off their shoes and raise some wholesome hell.” – Meyer

“The music rocks my soul so that I’m glad I’m alive.” – Big

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

“There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

“No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.” – Tupac Shakur

“There’s only one woman I know who could never be a symphony conductor, and that’s the Venus de Milo.” – Margaret

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami

“Ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you, baby.” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Here’s to Music, Joy of joys! One man’s music’s another man’s noise.” – Oliver Herford

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

“The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” – W.H. Auden

“Music is the poetry of the air.” – Richter

“I love the relationship that anyone has with music… because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It’s the best part of us probably.” – Nick Hornby

“Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.” – Ray Charles

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of a woman.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou

“The pause is as important as the note.” – Truman

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach

“My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Igor Stravinsky

“It’s pretty cool to see how far music can take you.” – Luke Bryan

“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

“Music enriches people’s lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that.” – Victoria Wood

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.” – Plato

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” – G.K. Chesterton

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” – Frank Zappa

“What passion cannot music raise and quell.” – John

“Either your music is more than mortal, or all I ever heard before is less.” – Mrs.

“If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.” – Anna Akhmatova

“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.” – Mark Helprin

“I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” – Freddie Mercury

“Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.” – Jacques Barzun

“How can you expect a musician to write beautiful vocal music without beautiful words.” – Friedrich

“The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a good start.” – Jodi Picoult

“Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” – Hannah Harrington

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

“I was at a ball, with a jiggy kind of tune. Everything rattled to the jigging tune of the music and the dancers, the windows, the doors, all jigged, and I began to find myself involuntarily nodding to the same measure, and jigging like the rest.” – John

“Music comes from a place we don’t know.” – Chris Martin

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

“An artist, in giving a concert, should not demand an entrance fee but should ask the public to pay, just before leaving as much as they like. From the sum he would be able to judge what the world thinks of him — and we would have fewer mediocre concerts.” – Kit

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward

“Wake up, live your life, and sing the melody of your soul.” – Amit Ray

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief. Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through musicHow, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message.” – Orson Scott Card

“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” – Richard M. Nixon

“I need music. It’s like my heartbeat, so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what’s going on – bad games, press, whatever!” – LeBron James

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

“Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it, and that a very severe one.” – Hannah

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” – E.Y. Harburg

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” – Edith Sitwell

“I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.” – David Bowie

“And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The union between the air and the words should be so close that the poem seems made for the music, no less than the music for the poem.” – Christoph

“Music is really driving my whole life.” – Ariana Grande

“Just before dinner, Brandon came upon her alone in the music room where she was racing her fingers through the runs and trills of an impromptu at an almost impossible speed.” – Eleanor

“Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is what life sounds like.” – Eric

“I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

“The music is the shining path over which the poet travels to bring his song to the world.” – Lotte

“Play the music, not the instrument.” – Author

“Music is the occult, metaphysical exercise of a soul, not knowing that it philosophizes.” – Arthur

“Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket.” – Henri

“Music is all about training in harmony, training to understand and use musical energy for our greater pleasure by attuning to the natural laws of the universe.” – Jane Siberry

“Music – that’s been my education. There’s not a day that goes by that I take it for granted.” – Billie Joe Armstrong

“Melody is, and ever will be, the very flower of music.” – August

“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder

“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann

“Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” – Ludwig

“Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.” – Robert

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

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

“Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.” – Helmut

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

“Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

“When learned with understanding, music is an ornament, but when trifled over, it is rather a defect.” – Olivia

“Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.” – Pat Conroy

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.” – Gustav

“Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.” – John

“If love played an instrument, I’ll bet it would be the piano. Eighty-eight keys, double infinity, and the ability to chop down trees with a sharpened mustache.” – Jarod

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” – Pat Conroy

“But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness” – John Green

“Music can noble hints impart, Engender fury, kindle love, With unsuspected eloquence can move, And manage all the man with secret art.” – Joseph Addison

“Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her, and there will come a day when you call, and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed.” – Patrick Rothfuss

“No matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances, our feelings and emotions are universal. And music has always been a great way to make people aware of that connection. It can help you open up a part of yourself and express feelings you didn’t know you were feeling.” – Josh Groban

“Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Drumming affects aurally generated emotion more than any other musical instrument.” – Michael

“Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead.” – Benjamin

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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

“The market didn’t define the music; the music defined the market.” – Charlie Hunter

“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

“My music is – I don’t want to say my main focus, but it’s what comes most naturally to me.” – Gerard Way

“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

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

“Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

“Music is an element that should be part and parcel of every child’s life via the education system.” – Victoria Wood

“Good music can make the difference between a mediocre workout and a slam-damn-fantastic workout.” – Terri

“I believe 100 percent of the power and importance of music.” – James Taylor

“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.” – Michael Jackson

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” – William

“Any good music must be an innovation.” – Les Baxter

“An intellectual is someone who can listen to the “William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” – John

“The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril.” – Richard

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.” – Frank Zappa

“Music is the rhythm of the universe meets rhythm of self.” – Terri

“A song has a few rights the same as ordinary citizens… if it happens to feel like flying where humans cannot fly… to scale mountains that are not there, who shall stop it.” – Charles

“Instrumentation is the coloring in music.” – E.T.A.

“…where music dwells lingering and wandering on as loth to die…” – William Wordsworth

“Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.” – Dimebag Darrell

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

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

“Every life has a soundtrack. There is a tune that makes me think of the summer I spent rubbing baby oil on my stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. There’s another that reminds me of tagging along with my father on Sunday morning to pick up the New York Times. There’s the song that reminds me of using a fake ID to get into a nightclub and the one that brings back my cousin Isobel’s sweet sixteen, where I played Seven Minutes in Heaven with a boy whose breath smelled like tomato soup. If you ask me, music is the language of memory.” – Jodi Picoult

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

“Music is… a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension.” – Cecilia Bartoli

“I think wherever you go, when people hear good music, they will react to it.” – Wiz Khalifa

“Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.” – Frank

“My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle.” – Liberace

“The more you love, the more love you have to give.It’s the only feeling we have, which is infinite…” – Christina Westover

“Music, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory —.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.” – Shania Twain

“I’m not crazy about country-western music. But the lyrics are good.” – Alice

“Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you, and goodnight.” – A. J. McLean

“Peopled at once.” – Robert Browning

“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.” – Stephen Chbosky

“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

“Music is what feelings sound like.” – Author

“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.” – Charles Hart

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard the music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” – Lois Lowry

“I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry, or make you think.” – Kenny Rogers

“To Hester, all the world seemed full of melody. Even the clouds in the sky sailed slowly along in time to a stately march in her brain, or danced to the tune of a merry schottische that sounded for her ears alone. And when she saw the sunset from the hill behind her home, there was always music then — low and tender if the colors were soft and pale-tinted, grand and awful if the wind blew shreds and tatters of storm-clouds across a purpling sky.” – Eleanor

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” – Modest Mouse

“Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me. And after all, you’re my Wonderwall” – Oasis

“Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.” – Napoléon Bonaparte

“Truly to sing, that is a different breath.” – Rainer

“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.” – Robert

“Music’s the medicine of the mind.” – John

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I’m a singer-songwriter… If I’m not doing it, I’m like a flower without water. When I’m doing it, I’m a sunflower six feet tall… Writing songs is like free therapy. Instead of paying a guy 125 bucks an hour to pull stuff out of me, I pull it out of myself and put it on paper. And then I own it, but it doesn’t own me.” – Rob

“If you’ve lost your faith in love and music, then the end won’t belong.” – Pete Doherty

“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” – Macklemore

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

“Philosophers of all ages have dwelt upon the importance of music as both an outlet for the spirit and emotions and as discipline for the mind. It is generally recognized that music gives access to regions in the subconscious that can be reached in no other way.” – Sophie

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers

“Here, the women have a metronome under their corsets, which beats time, but not music.” – Israel

“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul, and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat

“Age enlarges and enriches the powers of some musical instruments — notably those of the violin — but it seems to set a piano’s teeth on edge.” – Mark

“And in my mind, in my head, This is where we all came from. The dreams we have, the love we share. This is what we’re waiting for.” – Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl, and Georgi Kay

“Music—the rich mastery of the gloomier emotions of our nature; Music—that seems to use the ears as a conductor to the heart, and teaches us more distinctly than any abstract philosophy can do, how mysteriously intimate is the union between soul and body—has to a great extent shared that honour; for Music and Poetry have been, and still are, always to continue inseparably, indissolubly allied…” – Frederick

“Only the true musician knows how to take music seriously enough to be able to take it lightly. If prayer is an art, so is flirtation: only your true artist, to whom music is a thing serious as his own life — only he knows how to flirt with music, to follow up a Bach fugue with a café waltz and derive, as it were, equal pleasures from both.” – Catherine

“Music is my religion.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” – Leigh

“If in the afterlife there is not music, we will have to import it.” – Doménico

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

“Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

“When words fail music speaks.” – Irena Huang

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.” – Charles Darwin

“How they all laughed at her, because she woke Amy in the night, by playing the piano on her face in her sleep…” – Louisa

“He… finally came to the wise conclusion that everyone who loved music was not a composer. Returning from one of Mozart’s grand operas, splendidly performed, at the Royal Theatre, he looked over his own, played a few of the best parts, sat staring up at the busts of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Bach, who stared benignly back again…” – Louisa

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

“Strong lager and some early Zep tunes. I ask thee, is there a better way to spend an evening.” – Author

“My music breathes of art; — hers is the warble borne up to heaven, in the morning’s blue calms.” – Florence Percy

“Music is the higher poesy.” – F.B.

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the starsAnyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” – Nora Roberts

“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” – Louis

“Beth at last touched the great instrument, and straightway forgot her fear, herself, and everything else but the unspeakable delight which the music gave her, for it was like the voice of a beloved friend.” – Louisa

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.” – Rob Sheffield

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

“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

“A lot of music is mathematics. It’s a balance.” – Mel Brooks

“Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.” – Joshua Logan

“If the King loves music, it is well with the land.” – Mencius

“It’s worth the wait, even so far away, I’m making the night mine until the day I die.” – Krewella

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

“A man should hear a little music […] 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 use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.” – Aaron

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”- Oscar Wilde

“All you need is love, all you need is love. All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” – The Beatles

“Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations.” – Jane Swan

“All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls.” – Thomas

“Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen

“Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” – Oscar

“That’s why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness.” – Corita Kent

“Country music is three chords and the truth.” – Harlan

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman

“The eternal task of song can never be finished in a single lifetime. That is the beauty and fascination of the art.” – Helen

“Old music is the same as new music – it’s just a different way of delivering it.” – Jeff Lynne

“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” – Igor Stravinsky

“If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” – Vera Nazarian

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” – Lou Rawls

“Music is everybody’s business. It’s only the publishers who think people own it” – John Lennon

“Music is a thing that changes people’s lives. It has the capacity to make young people’s lives better.” – Noel Gallagher

“If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.” – Sydney

“I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.” – Chuck Klosterman

“Music is lyrical literature…” – Stendhal

“Music! who loves it not? who has not felt his soul soothed and softened by its sweet influence.” – F.B.

“To youngsters, loud music and noise, in general, are the stimulants their elders find in a strong cup of tea or an extra dry Martini.” – Gerald

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“Music, my rampart, and my only one.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

“My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.” – Bob Marley

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

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Music, to me, is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing; I don’t get tired of music.” – Ray Charles

“Without music, life would be a blank to me.”- Jane Austen

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before the speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” – Robert

“Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling.” – River Phoenix

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

“In music, the passions enjoy themselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Everything in me feels fluttering and free like I could take off from the ground at any second. Music, I think, he makes me feel like music.” – Lauren Oliver

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. Every rusty fragment, every scattered piece could be melted into one rhythm. A note was a whole, and it was in motion, ascending or descending, swelling in fullness or thrown away, thrown out into the air, but always moving.” – Anaïs

“The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven’t got the joke yet.” – Oliver

“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer and counterpoints to hack post-horses; therefore, be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa – Who knows most, knows least.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.” – Leonard

“Music rocks my soul and jazzes up my life.” – Terri

“Music sounds different from the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.” – Patrick Rothfuss

“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac

“Someday I’ll be living in a big old city, And all you’re ever gonna be is mean. Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me And all you’re ever gonna be is mean” – Taylor Swift

“Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.” – Amy Winehouse

“A man’s screech should exceed his grasp, or what’s a violin for.” – Stuart

“You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow.” – Oscar

“The wonderful thing about music is that it immediately evokes certain eras of one’s life, brings you back to where you’ve been, even if you don’t want to go there.” – Donna

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

“It’s never too late to do anything new when it comes to music.” – Sivamani

“Five-and-thirty black slaves, Half-a-hundred white, All their duty but to sing for their Queen’s delight, Now with throats of thunder, Now with dulcet lips, While she rules them royally with her finger-tips.” – William Watson

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” – E. Y. Harburg

“Where words leave off, music begins.” – Heinrich Heine

“Rock music in its lyrics often talks ahead of the time about what’s going on in the country.” – Edmund

“It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible.” – Victor

“Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family.” – Eric Clapton

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” – Stephen Sondheim

“It’s like if the music is loud enough, I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts.” – Nic Sheff

“I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms, could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine.” – Ralph

“The past can’t haunt me if I don’t let it. Live and learn and never forget it. Whoa, gotta learn to let it go” – Kesha

“Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell.” – Dave Matthews

“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic.” – Gottfried

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy

“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.” – H.A.

“Music is feeling. You can try to verbalize it. It really just hits you, or it doesn’t.” – Gene Simmons

“Music’s always been really cathartic. It’s the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song.” – Ville Valo

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” – Frederick Delius

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” – Thomas

“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. Mark the music.” – William Shakespeare

“People are like music. Some speak the truth, and others are just noise.” – Bill Murray

Originally published November 5, 2019, updated September 29, 2021

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