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

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

Oscar Wilde

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 King Jr.

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour!

William Shakespeare

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

Henry Rollins

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

Aldous Huxley

Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit.

Herbert Spencer

A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!

J. K. Rowling

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

Kin Hubbard

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

G. K. Chesterton

Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Elvis Presley

I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.

Henry Rollins

I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.

Woody Allen

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

John Erskine

Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.

Sir Thomas Beecham

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.

Virgil Thomson

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? 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

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.

Igor Stravinsky

[on being attacked in a parking lot] "While I was being pounded to pieces, I was just thinking, 'Hell...oh, this is just so absurd.' You have to laugh because it's so...where do they come from?"

Johnny Rotten

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

W. H. Auden

When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.

Aaron Copland

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.

Johann Sebastian Bach

If a guy's got it, let him give it. I'm selling music, not prejudice.

Benny Goodman

Music chose me, not the other way around.

Christine Anderson

If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it.

Pierre Beaumarchais

It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it.

Miles Davis

Music is love, love is music, music is my life and I love my life. Thank you and goodnight.

Aj Mclean

I love making people happy and I think I'm basically a good person ...despite what you might read about me!

Duff Mckagan

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.

Edgar Wilson Nye

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 Thomson

In classical music, love is based on bitin' -- imitation. It's not based on interpretation. A jazz musician, if he plays someone else's song, has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.

Todd Boyd

Ragtime was a fanfare for the 20th century.

J. Russell Lynes

The sweetest music this side of heaven.

Guy Lombardo

) Music is the balm that heals the forlorn ache of a distant star.

Don Williams, Jr

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending.

Igor Stravinsky

We're dirty pop. It's a trend now, but we were the first ones to do it!

Justin Timberlake

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

Johann Sebastian Bach

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.

Maxim Gorky

Well any man with a microphonecan tell you what he loves the mostand you know why you love at allif you're thinking of the holy ghostif you're thinking of the holy ghost.

Jack White

My music is best understood by children and animals.

Igor Stravinsky

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

George Santayana

Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.

George Santayana

It happens very rarely, but when it happens it's worth waiting for, that the instrument becomes part of your body.

Jack Brymer

Music is a means of Rapid Transportation.

John Cage

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.

Ray Charles

Cocktail music is accepted as audible wallpaper.

Alistair Cooke

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.

Mary Kay Ash

Music is philosophy. Every chord, every word tells a story. If you listen you will know its meaning.

Kamanda Ndama

While nobles are crying in their nights' chains, the squires sing. The terrible politics of the Grail can never touch them. Song is the magic cape.

Thomas Pynchon

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

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

George Eliot

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.

Thomas Carlyle

The hardest of all the arts to speak of is music, because music has no meaning to speak of.

Ned Rorem

The public doesn't want new music: the main thing it demands of a composer is that he be dead.

Arthur Honegger

There's that feeling I get when I look to the west, and my spirit is crying for leaving.

Led Zeppelin

Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you.

Charlie Parker

I'm your knight in shining armor. I'm here to save you from Linkin Park.

Rufus Wainwright

Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intention, and they're as far apart as Heaven and Hell.

Ben Harper

Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.

Marcel Marceau

Rage Against the Machine just broke up. The Chili Peppers are taking a hiatus. I just heard Newsted quit Metallica. It's going to be interesting what transpires out of all this.

Les Claypool

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion.

Thomas C. Haliburton

I think everyone should have a Beatles phase in their life. I think it's part of growing up in the Western world.

Jadelr and Cristina Cordova

God is just a concept, but music is tangible.

Quinn Allman

Music was my way of keeping people from looking through and around me. I wanted the heavies to know I was around.

Bruce Springsteen

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.

Isaac Stern

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees...

Andre Segovia

We came out right in the middle of the hard-rock period... it was hard-rock everywhere! But we were ready to make our music, you know? And it was such a turnaround, I guess it caught people by surprise.

Karen Carpenter

Rock&roll is a lifestyle, so baby come rock with me!

Félix Perron

It's a great little ego boost to look out and see all these people. I saw Roger Waters there recently. It was great and marvelous, but would I rather have seen Roger Waters at the Warfield? Hell yah man! I would've paid twice as much to see that!

Les Claypool

"We are big fans of "happy" music and stuff like that."

Sebastien Lefebvre

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

Igor Stravinsky

Many men are melancholy by hearing music, but it is a pleasing melancholy that it causeth; and therefore to such as are discontent, in woe, fear, sorrow, or dejected, it is a most present remedy.

Robert Burton

I'd be hanging out in my bathrobe all day, stinky, just writing, and my mom allowed me to do this-as long as I was writing songs. She said, 'As long as you're seriously working on music, I'll support you. Don't get a job, because if you work, it will crush you.'

Rufus Wainwright

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.

Claude Debussy

I hate music, especially when it's played.

Jimmy Durante

Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.

Shinichi Suzuki

I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true.

Pablo Casals

I've learned a great deal about music through my experiences. I've learned of its sanctity. Of its holiness. I've learned that music is a very powerful force, not to be trivialized or watered down or maufactured into soul-less, mindless drivel. Selling out to the corporate butcher would secure me a nice little place in hell, I knew. So I determined early on to make it on my own.

Christine Anderson

It's better to burn out, then to fade away.

Neil Young

Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.

Gian Carlo Menotti

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.

Count Basie

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

Pablo Casals

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.

Allan Bloom

I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear.

Freddie Mercury

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.

Robert A. Schumann

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.

Jean Paul Richter

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.

Frank Capra

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 Holiday

I don't want to be compared to britney,ashlee,hilary or lindsay. i want to be compared to me.

Avril Lavigne

Music is what I love and it's what I feel and it's in me and to know that I can do something that I enjoy and hopefully bring some enjoyment to other people through what I do is an incrediable felling and I am just really thankfull for it.

Mariah Carey

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

Groucho Marx

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.

Dan Rather

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.


Music is like girlfriends to me; I'm continually astonished by the choices other people make.

David Lee Roth

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.

Paul Simon

In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.

Robert A. Schumann

I inherited a painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.

Tommy Cooper

Music fills the infinite between two souls.

Rabindranath Tagore

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

Robert Fripp

I just start singing, and it all comes back.

William Harvey

You can't arrest me, I'm a rockstar.

John Lydon

Placed in music, there's a two way appreciation felt... to the heart, and from the heart.

Ellis Hadlock

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.

E. Y. Harburg

Seems like more and more of the technical side, quality, and sound of music is of higher importance in the music business... and less of the essence, meaning, and intent inside the music is recognized and appreciated.

Ellis Hadlock

Music gives the inspiring, yet intangible beauty, a path of expression, a voice.

Ellis Hadlock

I'm one of the boys, no better than the last second violinist. I'm just the lucky one to be standing in the center, telling them how to play.

Eugene Ormandy

Only sick music makes money today.

Friedrich Nietzsche

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.

Friedrich Nietzsche

We've always been used to the French doing things differently, and in most cases it's charming. But in this case, it's a colossal mistake. It would kill off the French music industry.

John F. Kennedy

This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.

Bob Dylan

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me.

Janis Joplin

Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Tennessee Williams

The music was human; the static was natural.

John Updike

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.


Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.

G. K. Chesterton

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

Ronald Reagan

We're thankful to be counted among the many of you that are changing the world with your music and your lives.

Jon Foreman

I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'.

Bob Newhart

I wish you music to help with the burdens of life ,and to help you release your happiness to others.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music, verily, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life... the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.

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

You are the music while the music lasts.

T.s. Eliot

Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.'

Elvis Presley

Music is my religion.

Jimi Hendrix

Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside.

Elvis Presley

When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.

Jimi Hendrix

If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words.

Dolly Parton

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can, love things that no one else can love...We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.

Barbara Sher

We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music.

Barbara Sher

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

Robert Browning

People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.

Milan Kundera

It's a great chance to be up close and personal, and it's a great opportunity for classical music lovers.

Laura Sullivan

I'd like to make music for a long time, and all different types of music. Maybe I'll start my own label to get other artists off the ground.

Jamie Cullum

Playing music is what I do. I do what I do because I see God work in the music I make and it draws people to Him.

Shawn Mcdonald

That's where he got into music.

Malcolm White

If you're African, you're sensitive to how deep the music is and you can't really write it down.

Themba Tana

We're both avid readers and listeners of music.

Diane Anderson

All I've ever wanted to do is sing and I've always dreamed about having a career in music, ... There's no better label to achieve that goal with than J Records.

Mario Vazquez

The discipline of singing early music has a special sound -- (it's) very clear.

John Poole

When I was growing up, we always had music playing in our household. I enjoy spending time with my father singing.

Patti Brooks

Chamber music -- a conversation between friends.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

We knew that we could generate revenues by putting together the largest music audience on the Internet, ... Everyone was focused on digital distribution of music, but we focused on what everyone else was ignoring.

Mark Weiss

It was a great way to allow the script and the music to coexist.

Alex Wurman

When I was around them, they'd ask if we had any of that Louisiana music. You've got the some of the best music in the world right here in Louisiana.

Harold Cowart

It is desirable that people make music on the breath, with the breath.

Dietrich Fischer dieskau

(Acquiring EMI) would allow someone to be a major player, being one of the big six music companies, so it's a unique property and it's one of a kind.

Stuart Rossmiller

That remains to be seen. We hope to incorporate other things like music and P.E.

Dee Tidwell

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

Sir Thomas Beecham

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

Fearne and I are proper mates and both have a genuine love of music and very different sorts of music at that, but we do have common ground and that's when you get the golden moments.

Reggie Yates

He excites audiences throughout the world with his music and his charm.

Susan Starrett

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

Peter Ustinov

We view Earth Day as another way to inform students about the progress we have made with our environmental measures on campus and in the community. But (we view it) also as a way to celebrate a great year with some great music, fun activities and hopefully a new appreciation for the environment.

Lauren Mecham

Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.

Marcus Brigstocke

People my age have a lot of memories and knowledge of music from that time.

Jerry Camp

Can I still write music? Do I have anything to say? Does anyone still care?

Nine Inch Nails

In the back of your mind, when you say you want to write music for the movies, you're saying that you want a big house, a big car and a boat. If you just wanted to write music, you could live in Kansas and do it.

Bill Conti

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.

Mickey Hart

There was a lot of music in our hometown.

Noah Smith

If I know you're very good in music, I can predict with just about zero accuracy whether you're going to be good or bad in other things.

Howard Gardner

We believe that Bill Maher's interviews with some of the world's most renowned and up-and-coming artists and entertainers will offer customers unique insight into the motivations and inspirations behind the books, films, and music they love.

Kathy Savitt

We hired a friend to make a film with no sound on it that we could play the music to.

Yorg Kerasiotis

We are firmly committed to maintaining commercial-free all the music channels XM itself creates.

Nathaniel Brown

He's really professional. He really understands ice skating. He has great taste in music. There's no one else like him.

Igor Shpilband

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.

Lewis Thomas

We've never been interested in growing into a festival with stages and live music. That's something totally different. This is not an arts festival, it's a visual-art festival. We don't want anything distracting from the art in any way.

Marybeth Foss

Resounding victory for the music industry.

Michael Speck

I love it though, I take it to every class and every time I go back home I hook it up to the adapter and I play it through the radio. I listen to music all the time.

Bryce Compton

LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.

Ambrose Bierce

It was a very formative time for me when I was getting into music. It was the year of the concept album and there were so many fantastic singles.

Paul Weller

In my heart, I'm an entertainer. I like the way music allows me to express myself.

Christian Cardozo

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

Blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits. Just like you can't make soup without water, you can't make music without some element of the blues.

Brad Wheeler

Incredible Consequence. We all love so many different kinds of music that it would be boring to have just one style.

Yorg Kerasiotis

I don't know what the response will be (from the fans). The music will seek its own level. We'll see what happens. I hope this is not my last season.

Nancy Faust

As for the source of the music, I believe it comes from the unconscious; that there is no such thing as talent.

John Fahey

(His greatest legacy is) the prolificacy of what he's written. From small to large groups, everyone can relate to his music.

Jeff Kluball

It takes a lot of motivation and dedication from the students and their love of music to put on the show.

Katie O'brien

No, make it lighter, people; this is Baroque music.

David Randolph

It's not a really long concert. The Family Concerts are usually about an hour in length. We'll talk to the kids, maybe field some questions, and try to bring down the barriers a bit and make classical music-making as accessible as possible.

Ken Fleet

Jet Li used kung fu to break into foreign markets, Hollywood. I hope my music can do the same thing.

Jay Chou

I love Celtic music.

Tess Gerritsen

These will be computer related courses taught by departments in the College, not by computer science. So an example of that kind of course would be a digital music course or a certain mathematics course.

Thomas Horton

One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.

Stephen Sondheim