Quotations: Music

Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings.
Joseph Addison

Music when thus applied raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture.
Joseph Addison

Music, among those who were styled the chosen people, was a religious art.
Joseph Addison

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Joseph Addison

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

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.
Sir Thomas Beecham

A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.
Thomas Beecham

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 is a higher revelation than philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Ludwig van Beethoven

In the germ, when the first trace of life begins to stir, music is the nurse of the soul; it murmurs in the ear, and the child sleeps; the tones are companions of his dreams,--they are the world in which he lives.

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?

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

Music is the fourth great material want of our natures,--first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.
Christian Nestell Bovee

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

Music is not merely a study, it is an entertainment; wherever there is music there is a throng of listeners.
William Cullen Bryant

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. It wanders perturbedly through the halls and galleries of the memory, and is often heard again, distinct and living as when it first displaced the wavelets of the air.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Amongst the instrumentalities of love and peace, surely there can be no sweeter, softer, more effective voice than that of gentle, peace-breathing music.
Elihu Burritt

There is music in all things, if men had ears.
Lord Byron

Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation.
John Cage

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

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

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

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

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handy

It reveals us to ourselves, it represents those modulations and temperamental changes which escape all verbal analysis, it utters what must else remain forever unuttered and unutterable; it feeds that deep, ineradicable instinct within us of which all art is only the reverberated echo, that craving to express, through the medium of the senses, the spiritual and eternal realities which underlie them.
Hugh Reginald Haweis

The cause of freedom, in music as elsewhere, is now very nearly triumphant; but at a time when its adversaries were many and powerful, we can hardly imagine the sacred bridge of liberty kept by a more stalwart trio than Schubert the Armorer, Chopin the Refiner, and Liszt the Thunderer.
Hugh Reginald Haweis

The time is probably not far distant when music will stand revealed perchance as the mightiest of the arts, and certainly as the one art peculiarly representative of our modern world, with its intense life, complex civilization, and feverish self-consciousness.
Hugh Reginald Haweis

Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.
Heinrich Heine

I try to use my music to move these people to act.
Jimi Hendrix

The chief trouble with jazz is that there is not enough of it; some of it we have to listen to twice.
Don Herold

Why should the devil have all the good tunes?
Rowland Hill

Music was a thing of the soul--a rose-lipped shell that murmured of the eternal sea--a strange bird singing the songs of another shore.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

Music-making as a means of getting money is hell.
Gustav Holst

The first requirement for a composer is to be dead.
Arthur Honegger

The musician who always plays on the same string, is laughed at.

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.
Edgar Watson Howe

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

It is the medicine of the breaking heart.
Sir A. Hunt

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
Samuel Johnson

Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
Samuel Johnson

Let me have music dying, and I seek no more delight.
John Keats

Music's golden tongue.
John Keats

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

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov

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

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

Music is essentially useless, as life is.
George Santayana

Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

What music is more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
Logan Pearsall Smith

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
Tom Stoppard

The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish.
Virgil Thomson

Music stands in a much closer connection with pure sensation than any of the other arts.
Hermann L. F. von Helmholtz

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

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