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"The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'"
Aaron Copland - US composer (1900 - 1990)
 
"I started making music because I could."
Alanis Morissette - Singer/songwriter
 
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley - British Writer
 
"Let knowledge grow from more to more but more of reverence in us dwell; that mind and soul according well may make one music as before."
Alfred Lord Tennyson - English Poet (1809 - 1892)
 
"Melody is the golden thread running through the maze of tones by which the ear is guided and the heart reached."
Anonymous -
 
"Ambient music is intended to induce calm and a space to think."
Brian Eno - British Musician and producer
 
"All music is important if it comes from the heart"
Carlos Santana - Mexican Latin rock musician and guitarist (1947- )
 
"Music doth extenuate fears furies appeaseth cruelty abateth heaviness and to such as are wakeful it causeth quiet rest; it cures all irksomeness and heaviness of soul. The divine Letters (c. 550)"
Cassiodorus - Roman statesman and monk
 
"Where there is music there can be no evil."
Cervantes - Spanish novelist and playwright (1547-1616)
 
"Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character."
Confucius - Chinese Philosopher
 
"An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger."
Dan Rather - US television newscaster (1931 - )
 
"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."
Ed Gardner - American comic actor, writer and director (1901-1963)
 
"If you learn music you'll learn most all there is to know."
Edgar Cayce - American psychic (1877-1945)
 
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
Edgar Wilson Nye - US humorist (1850 - 1896)
 
"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."
Elvis Presley - American Rock Star
 
"Most people wouldn't know good music if it came up and bit them in the ass."
Frank Zappa - American Rock Musician
 
"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned."
George Bernard Shaw - Irish dramatist (1856 - 1950)
 
"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 - English novelist (1819 - 1880)
 
"There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music."
George Eliot - English novelist (1819 - 1880)
 
"Only when I experience do I compose - only when I compose do I experience."
Gustav Mahler - Austrian Composer (1860-1911)
 
"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 - American writer and transcendentalist (1817-1862)
 
"Music is the universal language of mankind."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - American poet, educator and linguist (1807 - 1882)
 
"Music must take rand as the highest of the fine arts -- as the one which more than any other ministers to human welfare."
Herbert Spencer - British philosopher and sociologist (1820 - 1903)
 
"Music strikes the ear as a perfectly undisturbed uniform sound which remains unaltered as long as it exists."
Hermann Helmholtz - German Professor
 
"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 - (The Odyssey)
 
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
Igor Stravinsky - Russian composer (1882 - 1971)
 
"Music, not being made up of objects nor referring to objects, is intangible and ineffable; it can only be as it were inhaled by the spirit: the rest is silence."
Jacques Barzun - American Academic
 
"Music is the human treatment of sounds."
Jean Michel Jarre - French Rock Musician
 
"Sometimes music comes across to me just when I am sitting around doing nothing, and then the music makes me think of a few words I might have written."
Jimi Hendrix - Legendary Rock Guitarist
 
"I hate music, especially when it's played."
Jimmy Durante - American comedian (1893-1980)
 
"Music is a means of rapid transportation."
John Cage - Experimental composer
 
"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing."
John Erskine - US author (1879 - 1951)
 
"All music comes from God."
Johnny Cash - Country music artist
 
"Music is the greatest good that mortals know. And all of heaven we have below."
Joseph Addison - English Poet (1672-1719)
 
"Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune."
Kin Hubbard - American cartoonist and humorist (1868-1930)
 
"Music... can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. "
Leonard Bernstein - American Conductor
 
"Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?"
Leonardo Da Vinci - Renaissance artist, inventor and philosopher.
 
"The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else so why not the music?"
Lou Reed - American Rock Star
 
"Music can change the world."
Ludwig Van Beethoven - German composer
 
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
Mark Twain - American humourist and writer (1835-1910)
 
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. "
Martin Luther - German monk and theologian (1483-1546)
 
"If music could be translated into human speech it would no longer need to exist."
Ned Moram - American Musicologist
 
"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 - US author & physician (1809 - 1894)
 
"Music is the Lost Chord that has strayed hither from heaven."
P. A. Sheehan - Irish journalist, author, lawyer (1905-1995)
 
"If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it."
Pierre Beaumarchais - French businessman & comic dramatist (1732 - 1799)
 
"Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically."
Ray Charles - American musician
 
"Music is just a means of creating a magical state."
Robert Fripp - British Musician and producer
 
"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
Robert Fripp - English guitarist, composer and a producer (1946- )
 
"Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable."
Samuel Johnson - English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)
 
"Music is love in search of a word."
Sidney Lanier - American Poet (1842-1881)
 
"I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand."
Sir Edward Appleton - English atmospheric physicist (1892 - 1965)
 
"A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it."
Sir Thomas Beecham - English conductor (1879 - 1961)
 
"Sure there is music even the beauty and the silent note which Cupid strikes far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is a music whever there is a harmony order or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres."
Sir Thomas Browne - English author and physician (1605 - 1682)
 
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
Thomas Carlyle - Philosopher mathematician and historian (1795-1881)
 
"Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all but you are the music while the music lasts."
Thomas Eliot - American Poet (1888-1965)
 
"The music is not a story, it is not a picture, it is not a philosophy. It is simply my music. Listen to it don't describe it. Music being a special form of thought can express nothing but itself."
Varese - French Composer
 
"Song is the daughter of prayer and prayer is the companion of religion."
Viscount De Chateaubriand - French writer, politician and diplomat (1768-1848)
 
"Music can be made anywhere is invisible and does not smell."
W.H.Auden - British Poet
 
"Just as my fingers on these keys make music, so the self-same sounds on my spirit make a music too."
Wallace Stevens - American Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
 
"Music and religion are as intimately related as poetry and love; the deepest emotions require for their civilized expression the most emotional of arts."
Will Durant - Pulitzer Prize winning philosopher, writer and historian (1885 -
 
"Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. "
William Congreve - English Playwright (1670 - 1729)
 
"If music be the food of love play on. Give me excess of it, that surfeiting the appetite may sicken and so die."
William Shakespeare - English Playwright
 
"This music crept by me upon the waters, allaying both their fury and my passion with its sweet air."
William Shakespeare - English Playwright
 

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