Music Quotes

This is a collection of my favorite music quotes. Post them by your harp to remind yourself why you love to play!

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

Music gives people a voice that is uniquely theirs . . .
-YoYo Ma

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
~Anais Nin

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
~Frederic Chopin

Music has to breathe and sweat. You have to play it live.
~James Brown

If you learn music, you’ll learn most all there is to know.
~Edgar Cayce

Music is nothing separate from me. It is me… You’d have to remove the music surgically.
~Ray Charles

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.
~Miles Davis

You are the music while the music lasts.
~T. S. Eliot

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

Music can change the world.
~Ludwig Van Beethoven

There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
~Johann Sebastian Bach

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

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

Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind.
~Hal A. Lingerman

The best music… is essentially there to provide you something.
~Bruce Springsteen

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~Leigh Hunt

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

Music is love in search of a word. ~Sidney Lanier

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

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes

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

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls! ~Thomas Carlyle

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides! ~Artur Schnabel

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~Edward Elgar

Play the music, not the instrument. ~Author Unknown

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else. ~Lily Tomlin