Music quotes

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.

- Wilde, Oscar

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect.

- Mann, Thomas

The high note is not the only thing.

- Domingo, Placido

In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain.

- Hawthorne, Nathaniel

There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal

- The National

There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it.

- Wood, Ron

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

- Jack Handey

All the sounds of the earth are like music.

- Oscar Hammerstein II

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell

There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.

- Isaac Stern

Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music -- his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting -- that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal.

- Wilde, Oscar

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

Music, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory; Odors, when sweet violets sicken, Live within the sense they quicken.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Without music, life is a journey through a desert.

- Conroy, Pat

Music is the key to the female heart.

- Seume, Johann G.

Music lives in three tenses at once. Developing what comes before it in the past, it engages us in the present, and inspires our hopes for its future.

- Warren Benson

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

- Auden, W. H.

The public doesn't want new music; the main thing it demands of a composer is that he be dead.

- Arthur Honegger

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour!

- William Shakespeare

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.

- E.M. Cioran

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