Music quotes

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.

- Stravinsky, Igor

Music is the vernacular of the human soul.

- Latham, Geoffrey

Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.

- Gibbons, Billy

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.

- William Lyon Phelps

All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!

- Yoko Ono

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!

- J. K. Rowling

As I define it, rock and roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive -- and it still informs other kinds of music.

- Byrne, David

Man, became man through work, who stepped out of the animal kingdom as transformer of the natural into the artificial, who became therefore the magician, man the creator of social reality, will always stay the great magician, will always be Prometheus bringing fire from heaven to earth, will always be Orpheus enthralling nature with his music. Not until humanity itself dies will art die.

- Fischer, Ernst

I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means'put down'.

- Bob Newhart

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

- John Adams

She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.

- Rhys, Jean

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is god, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but never less, dazzaling, passionate, and eternal form.

- Plato

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

- George Bernard Shaw

Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?

- Wordsworth, William

What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.

- Metheny, Pat

There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women.

- Fontenelle, Bernard Le Bovier

PRESIDE, v. To guide the action of a deliberative body to a desirable result. In Journalese, to perform upon a musical instrument; as, "He presided at the piccolo." The Headliner, holding the copy in hand, Read with a solemn face: "The music was very uncommonly grand -- The best that was every provided, For our townsman Brown presided At the organ with skill and grace." The Headliner discontinued to read, And, spread the paper down On the desk, he dashed in at the top of the screed: "Great playing by President Brown." Orpheus Bowen

- Ambrose Bierce

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.

- Green, Benny

Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.

- Rossini, Gioacchino Antonio

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