Hell is full of musical amateurs.
George Bernard Shaw

Hell is full of musical amateurs music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard Shaw

The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
Warren Bennis

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossile to be silent.
Victor Hugo

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
George Eliot

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
George Eliot

I call architecture frozen music.
Johann von Goethe

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.
Arthur O'Shaunessey

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
Mark Twain

My music is best understood by children and animals.
Igor Stravinsky

A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

Only sick music makes money today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
George Gordon Byron

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that ... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.
John Lennon

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
Henry Ward Beecher

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
Kahlil Gibran

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
Walter Savage Landor

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
Anon.

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter Lippmann

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
Charlie Parker

Music is the soul of language.
Max Heindel

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
Henry David Thoreau

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
Pablo Casals

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

What's the earth With all its art, verse, music, worth - Compared with love, found, gained, and kept
Robert Browning

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

The earth has music for those who listen.
William Shakespeare

When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress.
William Shakespeare

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

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
Gerald Early

Marty This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry.
This Is Spinal Tap

Develop interest in life as you see it in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Miller

Philosophy is the highest music.
Plato

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B. This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast.
William Congreve

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

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

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
Richard Milhous Nixon

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

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Abraham Maslow

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

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

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

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Samuel Butler

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
Samuel Butler

Frank I'd known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She'd hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don't recall her playing an instrument or be able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road 300 days of the year. In fact I bought her a harp for christmas. She asked me what it was.
Naked Gun From the Files of Police Squad

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein

Music is essentially useless, as life is.
George Santayana

Music is essentially useless, as life is but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
George Santayana

Musically, I always allow myself to jump off of cliffs. At least that's what it feels like to me. Whether that's what it actually sounds like might depend on what the listener brings to the songs.
Tori Amos

It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit -- enable them to see visions and dream dreams.
Eric Anderson

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach

Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.
June Masters Bacher

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

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Leonard Bernstein

The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.
Phillips Brooks

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune.
Phillips Brooks

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

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
Truman Capote

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
Truman Capote

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
Roald Dahl

There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.
Jim Davis

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.
Agnes de Mille

Number is the Word but is not utterance it is wave and light, though no one sees it it is rhythm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each form of life is a particular reverberation of Number.
Maurice Druon

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

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.
Aretha Franklin

Music is expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life.
Stephen

My life is music. And in some vague, mysterious, and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often--in fact, mostly--at the expense of everything else in my life.
Stan Getz

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

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

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win -- if you don't you won't.
Bruce Jenner

Music is Love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanier

Music is the vernacular of the human soul.
Geoffrey Latham

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
Martin Luther

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.
Martin Luther

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
Julius Henry Marx

Music is the harmonious voice of creation an echo of the invisible world.
Giuseppe Mazzini

Only cat lovers know the luxury of fur-coated, musical hot water bottles that never go cold.
Susanne Millen

Those who danced where thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Mont

We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Alfred A. Montapert

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

I never have a realistic sense of self. I either think everything I do is terrible and I'm the worst guy on the planet, or from time to time I'll think I'm the greatest gift to music and the coolest guy who ever lived, but that happens maybe an hour out of the week. Some days I'm more concerned with how my hair looks than what my guitar sounds like.
Dave Navarro

Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

You don't need any brains to listen to music.
Luciano Pavarotti

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they They are the happiest people in the world.
William Lyon Phelps

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

The music business was not safe, but it was FUN. It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway.
Lionel Richie

Since it architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music.
Friedrich von Schelling

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
Edith Sitwell

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong.
Harriet

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

We pass the word around we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry we meditate over the literature we play the music we change our minds we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas

We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language. . . . We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a 'common goal' of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.
Lewis Thomas

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Leo Tolstoy

When the mind is possessed of reality, it feels tranquil and joyous even without music or song, and it produces a pure fragrance even without incense or tea.
Hung Tzu-ch'eng

Those who hear not the music. . . think the dancers mad.
Unknown

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilised music in the world.
Peter Ustinov

I write music with an exclamation point
Richard Wagner

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
Izaak Walton

No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
Alan B. Watts

Music is a medicine for many... Silence is a poison for some...
Jacqui Webb

A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no future.
Henry M. Wriston

After my recent brush with voicelessness, I thought I'd share with you a few thoughts about speech. Don't take it lightly my friends. If music is the pathway to the heart as Voltaire suggested, then speech is the pathway to other people. Live in silence and you live alone.
Henry Bromel

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 wine that fills the cup of silence.
Robert Fripp

I call architecture frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being plied with fine food always puts me in mind of the slammer, cause the food was jumpin' in there too--high in fat but nice and salty. You know what the worst deprivation in there was My music. Radio belonged to my cell mate, the Blonde Hammer. He was into that jazz-fusion thing at the time. I tell you what, enough Spyro Gyra and you're hoping you'll get killed in a knife fight.
Barbara Hall

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

Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy.
Jean Baptiste Montegut

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
Bill Nye

Silence is more musical than any song.
Christina G. Rossetti

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here
J. K. Rowling

Life is everywhere. The earth is throbbing with it, it's like music. The plants, the creatures, the ones we see, the ones we don't see, it's like one, big, pulsating symphony.
Andrew Schneider

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 Thompson

Dateline Mesopotamia, 3500 B.C. That's when the multi-faceted sounds we call music got its humble beginnings. It seems clappers were sent out the the fields to scare evil spirits away. These clappers started getting into the beat of their duty and, bingo, you got drums. From there, horns, strings, reeds, the whole orchestral gestalt. So, born in staving off death, music continues to nourish us in a variety of forms as different as the colors of the spectrum.
Jeffrey Vlaming