Music Quotes

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

The good life on any river may... depend on the perception of its music, and the preservation of some music to perceive.

Aldo Leopold

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hands of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Kahlil Gibran

He makes a swan-like end, fading in music.

William Shakespeare

Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.

Daniel J. Levitin

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Tennessee Williams

It's the simplest properties that will help you clear yourself of negativity ... The profound power of a simple prayer. The strength of a deep breath. The gentle guidance of good music.

Jeffrey Wands

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

Robert Browning

Music is always a commentary on society.

Frank Zappa

Song of the brave, how thrills thy tone As when the Organ's music rolls; No gold rewards, but song alone, The deeds of great and noble souls. [Ger., Hoch klingt das Lied vom braven Mann, Wie Orgelton und Glockenklang; Wer hohes Muths sich ruhmen kann Den lohnt nicht Gold, den lohnt Gesang.

Gottfried Augustus Burger

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Those who can't dance say the music is no good

Jamaican Proverb

When the music changes, so does the dance

African Proverb

Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.

Charles Baudelaire

Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere

James Martineau

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

Leonard Bernstein

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Stephen Leacock

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

Marcus Aurelius

In music the passions enjoy themselves.


Jazz is... An open-ended music designed for open minds.


The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all tradesÓ

Mark Twain

There is nothing more difficult than talking about music

Camille Saint-Saens

Music, the mosaic of the air

Andrew Marvell

Music is the vernacular of the human soul

Geoffrey Latham
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