inspirational funny and famous music quotes

inspirational funny and famous music quotes

music quotes

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


“A man's screech should exceed his rasp, or what's a violin for?  ” – Stuart Rogers


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


“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 Ives


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


“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 Carlyle


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


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


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


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


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


“He who sings scares away his woes. ”  – Cervantes


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


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


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


“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”― Plato


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


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


“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


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


“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.”― Confucius


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


“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 Cage


“In music the passions enjoy themselves. ”  – Nietzsche


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


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


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


“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 F. Buckley, Jr.


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


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


“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


“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 Copland


“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


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


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”― Victor Hugo


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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 van Beethoven


“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.  ” – Thomas Carlyle, "The Opera"


“Music is what feelings sound like. ”  – Author Unknown


“Music is what life sounds like.  ” – Eric Olson


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


“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


“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.  ” – Anais Nin


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


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


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


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


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


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


“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”― Plato, The Republic


“Music's the medicine of the mind.  ” – John A. Logan


“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 Elgar


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


“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


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


“None but ourselves can free our minds.” ― Bob Marley


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


“Only sick music makes money today. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche


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


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


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


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


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


“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 Wendell Holmes


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


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


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


“The only truth is music.”― Jack Kerouac


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


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


“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 Barry


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


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


“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” ― George Carlin


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


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


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


“What passion cannot music raise and quell! ”  – John Dryden


“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


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


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


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


“With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.”― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics


“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa


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


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


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


“You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.”― Stephen King, The Stand


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