Music Quotes

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

Gustave Flaubert

The conductor must make it possible to eliminate himself in the music. If the orchestra feels him doing that, then everything will go well.

Giuseppe Sinopoli

I am always writing a potpourri of music. I want to give the world escapism through the wonder of great music and to reach the masses.

Michael Jackson

Music without emotion is like an empty shell. Technique is, of course, essential, but the emphasis should be on bhava or emotional expression. For this, the vocalist has to make a deep and thought study of the nava-rasas. Classical musicians generally ignore this aspect and pay no attention to rasa-siddhant. That is why our shastriya sangeet fails to appeal to listeners who always prefer music which appeals to the heart, rather than the intellect.

Kishori Amonkar

Architecture is petrified music.

Felix E. Schelling

Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling

Architecture is frozen music.


Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.

Louis Armstrong

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

Dennis Gabor

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.

Paul Scott Mowrer

Jazz is a feeling, more than anything else. It isn't music, it's language...

Enos Payne

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

Mark Twain

Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way.

Billie Holiday

Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.

Brian Eno

Music is like a huge release of tension.

James Taylor
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