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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