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31 Compelling Music Quotes

Music quotes: I’m kind of a junkie for them, and I’ve collected them here for your use and enjoyment. A lot of very smart, articulate people have had something to say about the nature of music. Check out these bite-sized bursts of eloquence, and consider using them to help promote your music program on social media or in a concert program book.

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
 Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716), German mathematician and philosopherwho co-discovered calculus

music quotes wine cup of silence“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”
― Robert Fripp

“Music: what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!”
― Maria von Trapp

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”
 Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

“Music is the strongest form of magic.”
— Marilyn Manson

“#Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is my religion.”
— Jimi Hendrix

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
— Martin Luther

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
— Billy Joel

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”
— John Lennon

“If music be the food of love, play on.”
— William Shakespeare

“Music…this is the favorite passion of my soul.”
— Thomas Jefferson

music quotes energy“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”
― Keith Richards

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”
— Plato

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
― Langston Hughes

“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

“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

“Folk music is the original melody of man; it is the musical mirror of the world.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”
— Oscar Wilde http://kathleenheuer.com/2014/06/what-is-music

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”
— Oscar Wilde

“Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.”
— Frank Zappa

music quotes movement plato“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”
— Plato

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”
— Thomas Carlyle

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria von Trapp

“Jazz is the music of the body. The breath comes through brass. It is the body’s breath, and the strings’ wails and moans are echoes of the body’s music. It is the body’s vibrations which ripple from the fingers. And the mystery of the withheld theme, known to jazz musicians alone, is like the mystery of our secret life. We give to others only peripheral improvisations.”
— Anaïs Nin

“Music to me is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.”
— Ray Charles

“Music is at once the most wonderful, the most alive of all the arts— it is the most abstract, the most perfect, the most pure— and the most sensual. I listen with my body and it is my body that aches in response to the passion and pathos embodied in this music.”
— Susan Sontag

“You are the music while the music lasts.”
T. S. Eliot

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