If music be the food of love, play on.
- William Shakespeare
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato
Without music, life would be a mistake.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou
I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
- Ray Charles
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
- Victor Hugo
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
- Lao Tzu
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley
For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.
- Reba McEntire
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
- Martin Luther
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is my religion.
- Jimi Hendrix
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
- Plato
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
- Martin Luther
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
- Benjamin Britten
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
- George Bernard Shaw
Music can change the world because it can change people.
- Bono
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy
Music is the strongest form of magic.
- Marilyn Manson
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa
You are the music while the music lasts.
- T. S. Eliot
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
- Jean Cocteau
Where words fail, music speaks.
- Hans Christian Andersen
Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.
- Paul Simon
Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul
Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock
Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin
Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
- Thomas Fuller
Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve
All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn
But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
- W. H. Auden
Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter
When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine
Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
- W. H. Auden
Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning
Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier
The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
- Karl Lagerfeld
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
- Pablo Casals
Music should be your escape.
- Missy Elliot
Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun
Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern
The real art of conducting consists in transitions.
- Gustav Mahler
Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter
The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.
- Andres Segovia
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
- Duke Ellington
I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play.
- Herb Alpert
Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel
I think often sadness is a great place to get songs from.
- Sarah McLachlan
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