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Music quotes and quotations

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

[T]here's no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet; this is just truth, plain and simple.
Chuck Sigars

Never look at the trombones. You'll only encourage them.
Richard Strauss

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.
John Cage

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Kin Hubbard

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.
Martin Luther

Opera in English is, in the main, about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
Henry Louis Mencken

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
Dan Rather

But then there's a moment like tonight, a profound and transcendent experience, the feeling as if a door has opened, and it's all because of that instrument, that incredible, magical instrument.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

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

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Jules Combarieu

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Only sick music makes money today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard Shaw

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
George Eliot

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.
Ed Gardner

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
Edgar Wilson Nye

Music is essentially useless, as life is.
George Santayana

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

Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
Groucho Marx

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.
Homer

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

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

I think everyone should have a Beatles phase in their life. I think it's part of growing up in the Western world.
Jadelr and Cristina Cordova

Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
George Santayana

Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy.
Jean Baptiste Montegut

Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
Melvin Maddocks

Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion.
Fred Rogers

I hate music, especially when it's played.
Jimmy Durante

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

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

But Bellenden we needs must praise, Who as down the stairs she jumps Sings o'er the hill and far away, Despising doleful dumps.
Author Unknown

Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high, And wings it with sublime desires, And fits it to bespeak the Deity.
Joseph Addison

[T]he music's pure algebra of enchantment.
Conrad Potter Aiken

Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, Expels diseases, softens every pain, Subdues the rage of poison, and the plague.
John Armstrong

That rich celestial music thrilled the air From hosts on hosts shining ones, who thronged Eastward and westward, making bright the night.
Edwin Arnold

Music tells no truths.
Philip James Bailey

Tom he was a piper's son, He learned to play when he was young; Bug all the tune that he could play Was "Over the hills and far away."
Author Unknown

Yet half the beast is the great god Pan, To laugh, as he sits by the river, Making a poet out of a man. The true gods sigh for the cost and the pain-- For the reed that grows never more again As a reed with the reeds of the river.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Her voice, the music of the spheres, So loud, it deafens mortals' ears; As wise philosophers have thought, And that's the cause we hear it not.
Samuel Butler (1)

Everything will past, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
Mikhail Bakunin

I'm saddest when I sing.
Thomas Haynes Bayly

Rugged the breast that music cannot tame.
John Codrington Bampfylde

If music and sweet poetry agree.
Richard Barnfield

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

Gayly the troubadour Touched his guitar.
Thomas Haynes Bayly

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
Bible

The rustle of the leaves in summer's hush When wandering breezes touch them, and the sigh That filters through the forest, or the gush That swells and sinks amid the branches high,-- 'Tis all the music of the wind, and we Let fancy float on the aeolian breath.
John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

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

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the cornerstone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Bible

God is its author, and not man; he laid The key-note of all harmonies; he planned All perfect combinations, and he made Us so that we could hear and understand.
John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

"Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast," And therefore proper at a sheriff's feast.
Rev. James Bramston

And sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
Sir Thomas Browne

For discords make the sweetest airs.
Samuel Butler (1)

Soprano, basso, even the contra-alto Wished him five fathom under the Rialto.
Lord Byron

See what will happen if you don't stop biting your fingernails?
Will Rogers

There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Michel de Montaigne

Work is a four-letter word.
Morrissey

Music arose with its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes look'd love to eyes which spake again, And all went merry as a marriage bell.
Lord Byron

And hears thy stormy music in the drum!
Thomas Campbell

Life is a song. Love is the music.
Anonymous

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

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

Music inflames temperament.
Jim Morrison

Cute little babies that fall out of swings - These are a few of my favorite things.
Oscar Hammerstein

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
Samuel Butler

Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa

Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf.
Oscar Wilde

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
Johann Sebastian Bach

Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism.
Howard Dietz

When I was a little kid, I took tap and ballet. I've always loved to dance. I'm a rhythm machine.
Tommy Lee

The choirs left the main tune and soared two octaves past heaven in a descant to rattle the bones and surge the heart.
Henry Mitchell

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
Frank Sinatra