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Music Quotes

Music is like the rain.  The harder it is, the more exhilarating,
but there is a point when it becomes destructive.

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible --W. H. Auden




Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.  ~Robert Benchley




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





"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





Music is the perfect type of art. Music can never reveal its ultimate secret. –Oscar Wilde




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 tells no truths --Philip James Bailey 




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

- Leopold Stokowski




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




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




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 what feelings sound like.




Music is the poetry of the air.  ~Richter




Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.  ~Henry Ward Beecher




The radio makes hideous sounds. - Bob Dylan

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces betweenthe notes and curl my back to lonliness. -Maya Angelou


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. --Victor Hugo


Everyone has music in them. Only the talented have the ability to share it with the rest of the world.

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
--Thomas Carlyle
"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart."
--Pablo Casals
"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
"Ah, music! What a beautiful art! But what a wretched profession!"
--Georges Bizet

"What is best in music is not to be found in the notes." --Gustav Mahler


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


Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven.  ~Lawrence Duncan

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.  ~Confucius


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


If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll. --Louis Armstrong


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



If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. -- Louis Armstrong


A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.  --Benny Green


Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny.-- Frank Zappa


Jazz is the music of the body. --Anais Nin


 Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains --John Philip Sousa


By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with. --Duke Ellington


If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune. –Count Basie




Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time. –Ornette Coleman




"It bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling."  --Bill Evans




"The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen." –Duke Ellington




The only thing that is better than singing is more singing. –Ella Fitzgerald





"Life is a lot like jazz. . . it’s best when you improvise. . ." –George Gerswhin




"You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music." –Billie Holliday





"Jazz is a music that really allows a person to express his deepest self, his most personal self - Africa being the primary source of jazz. Naturally, improvisation and swing are a part of jazz, improvisation being the key." –Harold Land




"Jazz is America's classical music." –Dr Billy Taylor




Music should always be an adventure." --Coleman Hawkins





I don't have a definition of jazz.  You're just supposed to know it when you hear it. --Thelonious Monk





Jazz today, as always in the past, is a matter of thoughtful creation, not mere unaided instinct. --Duke Ellington




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