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Quotes About Music

I’ve always enjoyed quotes about music…these little jewels that show the context in which folks view music’s role in their lives. En-Joy!

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. — Chinese Proverb

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

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. — Leopold Stokowski

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

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

How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations? — Jane Swan

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

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. ― Tom Waits

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

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 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

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

Most people die with their music still locked up inside them. ― Benjamin Disraeli

Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch. ― Debasish Mridha

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 does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening. — Aretha Franklin

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 gives color to the air of the moment. — Karl Lagerfeld

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. — Elton John

Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness. — Jason Mraz

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

Music is an outburst of the soul. ― Frederick Delius

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

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

Music is healing. Music holds things together. ― Prince

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune. ― Thomas Fuller

Music is probably the only real magic I have encoutered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real…it moves…it heals…it communicates. And does all these incredible things. ― Tom Petty

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. — Oscar Wilde

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

Music is the emotional life of most people. — Leonard Cohen

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. ― Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)

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

Music is the shorthand of emotion. — Leo Tolstoy

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

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. — Robert Fripp

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together. — Edgar Winter

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. ― Thomas Carlyle

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

Music is…a higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy. ― Ludwig van Beethoven

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 music? How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message? ― Orson Scott Card

Music replays the past memories, awaken our forgotten worlds and make our minds travel. ― Michael Bassey Johnson

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… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. — Leonard Bernstein

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

Or music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts. — T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets)

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

People haven’t always been there for me, but music always has. — Taylor Swift

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you. — Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera)

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 best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. — Bruce Springsteen

The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music. ― Jonathan Edwards

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

The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind. ― Maria Cristina Mena

The world’s most famous and popular language is music. — PSY

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

When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. — Alan Watts

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