1001 Inspiring Quotes about Music

Are you looking for inspirational quotes about music? Inspiring Lizard has got you covered! In this article we present the 1001 most beautiful music quotes we could find. Let’s get inspired!

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I’ve come to the conclusion that a long, personal relationship is next to impossible for me. Ultimately, music is a possessive mistress.

— Leonard Slatkin

I think older people can appreciate my music because I really show my heart when I sing, and it’s not corny. I think I can grow as an artist, and my fans will grow with me.

— Justin Bieber

Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.

— G.K. Chesterton

May the music rock and the guys be hot

— Brenda Pandos

Great music is a great remedy for depression, but you have to drink it in with your heart and mind.

— Debasish Mridha

If something happened where I couldn’t write music anymore, it would kill me. It’s not just a job. It’s not just a hobby. It’s why I get up in the morning.

— Hans Zimmer

Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that’s one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I’m just telling you from my heart, I’m so in love with life.

— Roy Ayers

Song falls silent, music is dumb, But the air burns with their fragrance, And white winter, on its knees, Observes everything with reverent attention.

— Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

I appreciate my music is famous, but I’d rather my face wasn’t so that I can just live a normal life.

— Sia

… and it occured to me then and forever afterwards, that films, theatre books and poems were just a fraud. It’s only music that doesn’t deceive, it doesn’t pretend to be anything else except what it is. Music.

— Lars Saabye Christensen, Beatles

I began to long, as I had before, for some special smell, some special music that would fill me, lift me up and carry me away, float me off the rocks of my body and sweep me into some wideness, some vast expanse of blue-grey nothingness.

— Denton Welch, A Voice Through a Cloud

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.

— Marcel Marceau

To do what you love and are passionate about is a dream come true, My life is consumed by music and entertainment— and it’s the best life I could ever hope for.

— Blake Lewis

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.

— Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

The music is first and foremost everything – no egos, no attitude, nothing – it’s about the music.

— Big Boi

Jazz in itself is not struggling. That is, the music itself is not struggling… It’s the attitude that’s in trouble. My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history.

— August Wilson

I understand what it is to go through emotional trauma and retreat and go into the world of your imagination. I understand how art and music can be a place of safety in a world of reinvention.

— Sam Taylor-Wood

Want to dance? We have music this time. And I don’t have to punch you when we finish.

— Amy Tintera

I love inspirational R&B, like Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. I want to do that. That kind of music stays with you.

— Ashthon Jones

The harp that once through Tara’s halls The soul of music shed Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls As if that soul were fled.

— George Moore

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.

— Mark Knopfler

And there were the warm spaces in the music I loved the most, openings through which I could enter and lay my burdens down. There, behind the groove and riding on the melody, I was complete and free.

— Rashod Ollison, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl

I started getting into Internet technologies and computers. I wasn’t especially interested in being a musician, but I wound up finding my way back to being interested in music through computers.

— Eric Avery

The harbour of influence is richer in the cemeteries where people are buried with their music on their tongues unsung. Don’t leave your potentials untouched!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Watchwords

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers, I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche.

— George Crumb

I don’t like to feel like I’m in a club when I’m in my car and I turn on the radio. Anything that ceases to be a song and just sounds like house music kind of stresses me out.

— Taylor Swift

Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood.

— Michael Franti

She had wanted her son to stand for what he believed and to be respectful. And he had died for believing his friends had a right to play their music loud, to be American teenagers.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

I write the vocals last, because I wanted to invent the music first and push the music to the level that I had to compete against it.

— Axl Rose

Anything can become music if listened to long enough

— Jeff Noon

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.

— Aaron Copland

It’s all about music, because music is basically what’s… been my avenue out of maybe being involved in things I shouldn’t be.

— Pitbull

There is music the moment you start listening.

— Marty Rubin

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

— James Martineau

When people hear good music it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.

— Edgar Watson Howe

People can enjoy music everywhere. Therefore, music is more than a giftbecause it represents a unique form of human freedom.

— Eraldo Banovac

I have music inside me and I’m very lucky to be able to play music and that’s the way that I try to do it.

— Charlie Haden

I had no desire to be famous I just wanted to make the greatest music ever made. I didn’t want anyone to know who I was.

— Robert Smith

When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave country music any respect. We lived in old cars and dirty hotels, and we ate when we could.

— Loretta Lynn

Romantic music really stirs my soul. And, of course, I love Chinese music; it makes me feel closer to home.

— Liu Wen

faith is when music stops but you continue dancing.

— Rudzani Ralph

Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.

— Bill Nye

People in my family and camp who grew up listening to rap music love ‘We Are Young.’ I’ve heard it play at weddings. I’ve heard it in graduation parties. It’s a big idea and big song.

— Janelle Monae

I need to listen to chill music when I’m driving. It prevents road rage.

— Aaron Paul

He felt as if he were paying for the privilege of music with portions of his life and body. But it was well worth it.

— Mark Helprin

When I discovered music — when I discovered the craft of shaping a song — my being fell into place.

— Charlotte Eriksson

Good music always defeats bad luck.

— Jack Vance

The music as always had a dark sweet luster, but it was more than ever like an endless beginning-a theme ever building to a climax which would never come.

— Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned

No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.

— Billie Holiday

So long as this struggle known as life goes on, there will always be the music to fit the mood and make it better.

— Patrick James Balthazor

I listen to music – Lady Gaga, Kanye, Jay-Z, the Beatles, Robert Plant – while I’m walking down Fifth Avenue to my office in the Trump Tower early each morning.

— Ivanka Trump

If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.

— Judith Jamison, Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

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

— Paul Simon

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn’t. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.

— Marilyn vos Savant

I didn’t even listen to any music until I was 19, really. I just wanted to be famous. But I didn’t say it to anyone because I was really embarrassed at the thought.

— Marina and the Diamonds

Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.

— Christina Aguilera

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again.

— Paula Cole

Birds do not attend music school, but compose timeless masterpieces.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That’s where the music lives. That’s where my music comes from.

— Clarence Clemons

At first the solitudecharmed me like a prelude, but so much music wounded me.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.

— Ina Garten

I wouldn’t say design has become strictly functional. A lot of cars these days look downright comic book to me, and the info-gadgets with which late industrial people spend the most time – phones, music players, etc. – are blobjects.

— Scott Westerfeld

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

— Dennis Gabor

Any real record person knows that the number one most powerful marketing tool when it comes to music is repetition.

— Nile Rodgers

It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts.

— Nic Sheff, Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines

To me, part of the beauty of a comma is that it offers a rest, like one in music: a break that gives the whole piece of music greater shape, deeper harmony. It allows us to catch our breath.

— Pico Iyer

If love is the music of the heart, then philosophy should be the music of the mind.

— Debasish Mridha

I want my music to do the explaining.

— Demi Lovato

The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.

— Kenny G

Apes or human – we all made the same mistake, tempted by shifting leaves or the smell of sex, by music or a ripe banana.

— Kathryn Davis, Duplex

The artists are the most powerful ones, the creators, first are the painters, working without words, second are the music composers, and third are the writers.

— Robert Black

Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.

— Debasish Mridha

I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.

— Thom Yorke

Sad, slow music in the small hours of the morning isn’t just sad and slow music. It’s a narration. And through the myriad of morning dew, we are the twinkling stars that fade with the rising sun.

— Dave Matthes, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

I’m very easily distracted unless I have music on. Listening to music while I brainstorm makes me think of scenes that would fit the mood of the music I’m playing.

— Maggie Stiefvater

Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.

— Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

The music industry is dominated by guys. I work with men 98 percent of the time – producers, arrangers, musicians, engineers.

— Shakira

Only sick music makes money today.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I was about sixteen when I discovered that music could get you laid, so I got into music boy, didn’t matter what you looked like either, you could be a geeky looking guy but if you played music, whoa, you’d get the girls.

— Tommy Chong

I’m so happy that I’m having the chance to create amazing music that bringing happiness and joy to me and to others in this world, it’s a dream came true

— Sami Abouzid

I take a baths all the time. I’ll put on some music and burn some incense and just sit in the tub and think, Wow, life is great right now.

— Brian Austin Green

I think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat.

— Ice Cube

The United States finds itself with forces of reaction. Do I have to demonstrate this? The Taliban’s annihilation of music and culture? The enslavement of women?

— Christopher Hitchens, A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq

The sentences I write have their roots in song and poetry, and take their bearings from music and painting, as much as from the need to impart mere information, or mirror anything. I am not a realist writer, even if I seem like one.

— Colm Toibin

I don’t know notes or octaves or the difference between sharp and flat, but I know music makes everything more.

— Sarah Tomp, My Best Everything

When you push your stroller past a group of elderly women, you’ll see in the turning gladness of their bodies a glimpse of the children they had been, turning toward the tin music of the ice cream van.

— Beth Ann Fennelly

It was always a relief when she came home to him. Like water or food. Like music or that moment when you cut yourself with a knife and squeeze the skin and no blood oozes out.

— Francesca Lia Block, Blood Roses

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

— Thelonious Monk

My early childhood memories center around this typical American country store and life in a small American town, including 4th of July celebrations marked by fireworks and patriotic music played from a pavilion bandstand.

— Frederick Reines

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.

— Michael Graves

There’s a sadness to the human condition that I think music is good for. It gives a counterpoint to the visual beauty, and adds depth to pictures that they wouldn’t have if the music wasn’t there.

— Mike Figgis

In the music industry, intelligence in women is undervalued.

— Bat for Lashes

Situations and Circumstances do not make us unless we let them. Our thoughts and feelings are the music of our soul.

— Matthew Donnelly

I don’t listen to my own music at home.

— Celine Dion

You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It’s the closest music to our humanity – it’s like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.

— Sonny Terry

A fresh bottle of Jack waited on the end table, but for the first time in weeks I didn’t feel the need to pour a nightcap. The music was better.

— Craig Schaefer, The Long Way Down

You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is.

— Rebecca West, The Fountain Overflows

There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself.

— Marty Rubin

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

— Havelock Ellis

Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.

— Hector Berlioz

My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It’s about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world.

— Wynonna Judd

They said her duck recipe and the Chinese music were so dramatic everything else sounded anemic.

— Frank McCourt, Teacher Man

Love is alive when there’s music in your heart.

— A.D. Posey

Indian food is like classical music raga- it takes time to build up to a crescendo.

— Shobhaa Dé, Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable

Pop music is like an auditory cup of coffee. It has no nutritional value but it gets you going.

— Jim Moorman

I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.

— Eric Clapton

What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?

— Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

For me, music is all about emotion and attitude.

— Peter Criss

The music of kindness may be short lived, but its echoes are everlasting.

— Debasish Mridha

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

— Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.

— Roy Ayers

I was no longer able to hear the music that issues from a decent piece of prose.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

God, he suddenly understood, was love in its purest form, and in these last months with his children, he had felt His touch as surely as he had heard the music spilling from Ronnie’s hands.

— Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

Going to college and studying music is not a bad idea at all. I don’t know if you can go to college and be taught heart.

— Blake Shelton

The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it. That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you’re bound to do great things with it.

— Frank Iero

Just knowing that through my music I actually inspire people is amazing for me and I find it very heartwarming.

— Thia Megia

I loved ‘White Christmas’ for the music aspect. I was into musical theater.

— Lana Parrilla

If you’ve lost your faith in love and music then the end won’t be long.

— Pete Doherty

Some music comes from a real place; some music comes from your imagination. It’s difficult to find out what’s real and what’s not, especially with the gangster stuff.

— Ice T

I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.

— Bryce Anderson

The earliest you can play Christmas music is on Thanksgiving.

— Tinashe

I always wrote music for my friends, but my focus was on playing piano. I didn’t think I’d be quite good enough to be a soloist, but I believed that if I worked hard enough, I could work as a player, a teacher.

— John Williams

I come from a background of experimental music which mingled real sounds together with musical sounds.

— Ennio Morricone

I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it.

— Edvard Grieg

Children, who once looked to their parents for leadership, now turn to their teachers for knowledge, their peers for wisdom, and their music and televisions for entertainment.

— David D’escoto, The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool

Metal rusts, music lasts forever.

— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

When we separate music from life we get art.

— John Cage

He doesn’t comment on any of the music I play: Sonny Rollins followed by AC/DC followed by the Broadway score from My Fair Lady.

— Tawni O’Dell, Sister Mine

Genius is when you strike a chord accidently, and the ensuing music is beyond your control

— Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

I was pretty sheltered growing up. I just started getting into heavier music with the Tooth & Nail/Solid State era, which really kind of brought this whole thing to life for me, so I am really thankful for that label.

— Matty Mullins

Life should play background music just as in the movies.

— Avijeet Das

Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.

— Edgar Wilson Nye

I wasn’t interested in writing music that wasn’t beautiful for me to listen to.

— Joanna Newsom

Everything is music for the born musician.

— Romain Rolland, Jean-Christophe: Dawn, Morning, Youth, Revolt

The star thing I can live with. The music I can’t live without. And that’s how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.

— Bruce Springsteen

A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.

— Ai Weiwei

Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?Are the people inside the school musical and the ones outside unmusical?What if the ones inside can’t hear very well, would that change my question?

— John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings

Yeah, you’re a regular Mozart…well, except for the whole music thing.

— James Dashner, The Journal of Curious Letters

There’s an inherent thing in me where, if things are going too smooth, I’ll sabotage the hell out of them just to make the music more of a sanctuary.

— Daniel Johns

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.

— Claude Debussy

The earth has its music for those who will listen.

— George Santayana

In our world, I rank music somewhere between hair ribbons and rainbows in terms of usefulness.

— Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.

— Levon Helm

It’s old, very old I think. Made up long ago in our hills. What my music teacher calls a mountain air. But the words are easy and soothing, promising tomorrow will be more hopeful than this awful piece of time we call today.

— Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

But music didn’t make my mother nervous. She was more concerned about the agenda of women who thought it was a good idea to wear pastel, shoulder-padded suits while they all marched single file toward a better tomorrow.

— Wayne Gladstone, Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel

Let’s make beautiful music together, Emery Carmichael.

— Melyssa Winchester, The Space In Between

When music hits you, you dance.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports.

— Michael Mandelbaum

Love is the best music for heart.

— Debasish Mridha

Europe in general is a great place for me, but specifically Germany has been very good to me. Germans love classical music… Electronic dance music is massive over there, so I’m kind of the marriage between the two.

— Lindsey Stirling

It’s not just the ‘Grammys’ that I’ve pulled out of. I also pulled out of the English awards as well. The reason that I wanted to pull out was because I believe very much that the music industry as a whole is mainly concerned with material success.

— Alanis Morissette

Marriage is like a violin. After the beautiful music is over the strings are still attached.

— Jacob Braude

If our music survives, which I have no doubt it will, then it will because it is good.

— Jerry Goldsmith

On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.

— David Bowie

… where I walked, the frost shaped itself to my will, dancing in the air like music over water.

— Eugie Foster, Beautiful Winter

I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don’t see the music world as a competitive sport.

— James Taylor

I am a person who thinks about the music first in trying to achieve something musically valid.

— Sonny Rollins

I love to have a bath with beautiful, relaxing music on and have no rush to do anything. It’s a wonderful indulgence, and it helps me to calm down and stop my mind running overtime.

— Kylie Minogue

When we made that album with Gary Moore, I was still kind of searching for the right direction for myself. Although the music is quite good the direction was like a box of fireworks that caught light all at the same time.

— Greg Lake

You are the music while the music lasts.

— T. S. Eliot

Anybody I’m dating, I don’t want them to talk about my music. I don’t talk about my music to them.

— Nas

And it was sad music fit to make you cut your throat.

— Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus

At times all you need is a bottle of fine old wine, a mellifluous piece of music playing in the background and a good book to spend the entire night in a magical bliss!

— Avijeet Das

Any good music must be an innovation.

— Les Baxter

It’s sad that people listen to music and decide how the singer should look.

— Joss Stone

We all have music inside us and can learn how to get it out one way or another.

— Frank Wilson

All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.

— Louis Armstrong

Dance to music in your soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

I’ve struggled with depression before. For me, music was always a very positive way to will myself out of that situation.

— Washed Out

In music the passions enjoy themselves.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.

— Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Stop trying to treat music like it’s a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can’t be cheap, either.

— Jeff Tweedy

When Malingeau drew himself from his long sleep, the music was still droning in his head. Christelle was already gone. She had taken care to scribble a line on a scrap of paper.”I drank your body until my thirst was worn.

— Fiston Mwanza Mujila

When today’s generation reads Jack’s books or they listen to the music created by some of us, I believe that they see there is a different way of approaching today’s life and today’s sometimes seeming hopelessness that can provide answers.

— David Amram

I’m so cool that the kids come to my bedroom and go, ‘Mom! Turn the music down!

— Melissa Etheridge

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.

— William Shakespeare

Madam de Stael pronounced architecture to be frozen music so is statuary crystalized spirituality.

— Louisa May Alcott

I felt like a failure for so long because I wasn’t able to access myself in the way I knew I would have if I was going to make music that mattered. I knew I was going to have to learn how to be honest.

— John Grant

You have to, take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.

— Kelly White

In the center of your being there is a fountain of music and that is your love.

— Debasish Mridha

Wesley’s touch lingers on my skin. His music echoes through my head. I remind myself as I scrub my skin that we are both liars and con artists. That we will always have secrets, some that bind us and some that cut between us, slicing us into pieces.

— Victoria Schwab, The Unbound

Amazingly, I’ve been sort of an anomaly in the music industry. I feel like I’ve been able to exist as kind of a throwback artist.

— Jewel

Music’s been around a long time, and there’s going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it’s a big record, that’s the frosting on the cake, but music’s the main meal.

— Ray Charles

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.

— Lady Gaga

On the TV he found cartoons and movies, music videos and game shows, repeat broadcasts and reruns, but there was nothing current, and no news. Many channels were just blank, or displayed brightly coloured test cards.

— A. Ashley Straker, Infected Connection

With my ninth mind I resurrect my firstand dance slow to the music of my soul made new.

— Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

I think Mozart’s operas ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ are the two most perfect ever written. The music is magical.

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Universe is making music all the time.

— Tom Waits

If you look deep enough you will see music the heart of nature being everywhere music.

— Thomas Carlyle

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

— Leonard Bernstein

I can see clouds a thousand miles away, hear ancient music in the pines.

— Ikkyu

When I was young, I thought classical music was only the background noise for cartoons.

— Ben Carson, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

I love singing jazz. I don’t like the idea that classical music should be over here and jazz should be someplace else. It’s all wonderful, and we should be open to enjoying it all.

— Jessye Norman

We are mosaics – pieces of light, love, history, stars — glued together with magic and music and words.

— Anita Krishan

Soul music is about longevity and reaching and touching people on a human level – and that’s never going to get lost.

— Jill Scott

A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O.

— Ira Gershwin

My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.

— Bob Marley

As long as my music is real, it’s no limit to how many ears I can grab.

— Kendrick Lamar

A great piece of music make people to close their eyes but a great magic effect make their eyes wide open.

— Amit Kalantri

Part of my music is being alone, having that time to shut down all other noises to hear the tune underneath.

— David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

Sublimely mysterious and immeasurably powerful, is the stewardship that the sound of music can have over the soul.

— Tracey Bond, Spirit Fed Entrepreneur: Growing Your Business with a Fearless Mindset

We sat still, our breathing loud and rhythmic, its music melancholy, a traditional song of sorrow.

— Margot McCuaig, The Birds That Never Flew

When we feel, a kind of lyric is sung in our heart. When we think, a kind of music is played in our mind. In harmony, both create a beautiful symphony of life.

— Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

The “feminine” woman is forever static and childlike. She is like the ballerina in an old-fashioned music box, her unchanging features tiny and girlish, her voice tinkly, her body stuck on a pin, rotating in a spiral that will never grow.

— Susan Faludi, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

So I think it was a good thing It was a little surreal watching Leo scream ‘I’m not going to die today!’ with our music playing – that was the last thing on my mind when I wrote the song.

— Jon Crosby

There are a lot of influences from different countries in my music. For example, I chose the guitar in my music, I think that it is a feminine instrument, so when I do not sing, the music expresses my voice.

— Paulina Rubio

It’s pretty cool to see how far music can take you.

— Luke Bryan

The present like a note in music is nothing but as it appertains to what is past and what is to come.

— Walter Savage Landor

In the future, I kind of like the idea of doing music for film. I think that would be a nice job. I’ve always liked the sound aspect in movies. I guess once I have more instruments under my belt, it could be something I could do.

— Christopher Abbott

If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.

— Eddie Van Halen

Jason lifted me up, and I wrapped my legs around his waist. His forehead rested against mine. “I’ve never liked dancing.” He started to sway with the music and the tide, turning us slowly. “But maybe I just never had the right partner.

— Lisa Kessler, Harvest Moon

As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy.

— Shelley Berman

The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.

— A. R. Rahman

The purpose of music as an art form, is to engage the audience.

— Unarine Ramaru

The Moment is an album that contains the best music I have ever produced.

— Kenny G

I was never that into the movies. Never. Even as a youngster. I became interested in movie music only because of the studio orchestras in Hollywood.

— John Williams

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

— Ansel Adams

Fogs are like dreams that feed the soul, and without their mysterious embrace, childhood, courtship, poetry and the composition of music become all the more difficult.

— Michael Leunig

Please write music like Wagner, only louder.

— Samuel Goldwyn

Who is there that in logical words can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech which leads us to the edge of the Infinite and lets us for moments gaze into that!

— Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the best music when you are in need of silence and music is the best silence when you are in need of music!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

When my time ends, I want people to say, ‘Man her music made me smile; it just enlightened my life; it inspired me; it made me feel good every time.’

— Ledisi

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope without friends without books even without music as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.

— Axel Munthe

All music is escapism for me, but I like the way that, on a good night, that sense of escapism can be shared.

— Jamie xx

I use the music to vent, and a lot of the stuff that I am writing about or was writing about contained a lot of anger and anxiety, stress and depression, so that’s how the album came out so dark.

— Vanilla Ice

I’m always pursuing knowledge I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium – and music is a big part of that.

— Steve Vai

The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.

— George Lucas

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

— Paul Simon

I think my type of personality has all music inside of it, so I am full of music, without even knowing it, without even learning it, without even hearing it.

— Ziggy Marley

There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience.

— Paul Hindemith

Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls’ pants – use it to get into their heads.

— Scroobius Pip

I would say that Op 31 had brought music just to the very edge … I just simply drew back and said, “beyond that lies complete chaos”.

— Leo Ornstein, Piano Works, 1913-1990

For a person as obsessed with music as I am, I always hear a song in the back of my head, all the time, and that usually is my own tune. I’ve done that all my life.

— Bjork

I have moments of darkness, of anger, and moments of rage. They do creep up at the most inopportune times. Not to recognize that in my music would give people a sense of sainthood that I don’t necessarily have or even want to have.

— K’naan

I am telling you what I know—words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them.

— E.L. Doctorow

Music has always been transnational; people pick up whatever interests them, and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed influences from all over the world.

— Yo-Yo Ma

No matter what is happening in life or in the world – war, natural disaster, poor health, pain, the death of loved ones – if existence is filled with art, music and literature, life will be fulfilling, a joy.

— Karen DeCrow

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear this prism could be the spirit of the listener.

— Arvo Part

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.

— Robert Frost

He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.

— Hannah Harrington, Saving June

I decided that in order to become a big famous rock star, I would need to write my very own songs instead of wasting my time learning other peoples music too much. It may act as an obstruction in developing your very own personal style.

— Kurt Cobain, Journals

… people made the imaginary real all the time: taking the music they heard in their head and recording it, seeing a house in their imagination and building it. Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.

— Joe Hill, NOS4A2

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

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

— Robert Browning

Canned music is like audible wallpaper.

— Alistair Cooke

Would I ever find the perfect note to fill the music sheet that I had?

— Kristine Cuevas, Not a Melodious Harmony

Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn’t go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it.

— Mike Krzyzewski

I didn’t have any knowledge of the music industry when I first got to L.A., and I really didn’t know on a creative level what I wanted to sound like, so I had to do a lot of experimenting. It led to a spiral of depression and being broke.

— Skylar Grey

There’s just a completely different vibe at festivals. Everyone gets to hang out and enjoy their favorite music all day. I really do try and play as many festivals as possible!

— Kygo

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.

— Benjamin Britten

The thing about music is it’s not an obscure pursuit, it’s a very natural thing for human beings to do. Once you put in the effort, the learning curve is very fast.

— Grimes

I personally feel that the universe behaves more like a song than an equation because math is about static law and music is about dynamic expression.

— R.A.Delmonico

To combat the confusion and depression that assault me when I come off the road in the middle of a tour, I seek the most oblivionated music possible. When it’s the ‘way out there’ that I seek, I go right to my stash of amazing music from Japan.

— Henry Rollins

Hopefully my music is medicine, some type of antidote for something or some kind of explanation or just to feel good.

— Erykah Badu

It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.

— Albert Einstein

I’m not giving up my history and what I’ve done in my music because I love it and I’m very proud of it. I just want to open it up for more people.

— LL Cool J

Strains of music spring up, crystallizing in the night air like rain turning suddenly to snow, drifting to earth.

— Lauren Oliver, Delirium

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

— Lord Byron

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.

— Frank Zappa

I think the problem starts with the general appreciation of the music in the larger society.

— Sonny Rollins

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century.

— Jeff Healey

The heavenly sound of music kindles my heart, twinkles my mind, and feeds my soul so that I may transcend and transform.

— Debasish Mridha

When you play a piece of music there are so many different ways you could play it. You keep asking yourself what if. You try this and you say what if and you try that. When you buy a CD you get one answer to the question. You never get the what if.

— Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai

When can you understand that the music you play is very good? It is when people look at you but see no one, no one but the music!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

There’s something about that blind trust between Timbaland and me – two people that have almost nothing in common except for a love of music – that is really rejuvenating.

— Chris Cornell

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.

— William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

To imbibe so much quiet is to become the music inside it.

— Aditya Bhaskara

If somebody for some reason, for music or for movie, becomes famous, it’s because they have something, something special.

— Roberto Cavalli

While not a musician, my father was a music agent for years before becoming pop culture icon Famous Amos.

— Shawn Amos

When the words have been said and the music has been played, feelings are the only form of art which will remain to reign. (Soar)

— Soar, Yours, poetically: Special Deluxe Edition of Selected Poems and Quotes

In business, you can have one massive success that earns $50 million overnight, and that’s it. You’re successful. End of story. But in the music business, you have to keep on doing it.

— Noel Gallagher

If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

— Quincy Jones

One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one didn’t, the wolves and blizzards will be at one’s throat all the sooner.

— David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

I was king of the mountain for a long time, well, I don’t want that no more. I like to perform every once in a while for people who want to see me, and cut albums of music that is what I’m really about.

— Waylon Jennings

Sometimes when I get home after a long day, I’ll turn on music – I love Latin, disco, and pop – and do my own workout, even if it’s a short one. Know a good song to work out to? ‘I Will Survive.’

— Summer Glau

A lot of the music editing job is communication and working out what a director really wants the music to be.

— Steven Price

I didn’t want to go out and change anything. I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background, which was rock and blues and hip-hop.

— Kid Rock

The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.

— James Joyce, Dubliners

Country music is three chords and the truth.

— Harlan Howard

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

— William Shakespeare

Something else is hurting you – that’s why you need pot or whiskey, or whips and rubber suits, or screaming music turned so fucking loud you can’t think.

— Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness

But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.

— Michael Tilson Thomas

I can’t create music if I’m wearing a mask and not being myself, and that was the problem with The Czars.

— John Grant

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., A Man Without a Country

The positive effect music has in our lives is understated. It can influence mind-state and motivate us to reach for the stars.

— Independent Zen

Strange how potent cheap music is.

— Noël Coward, Private Lives

I like the fact that music is more abstract.

— Bryan Ferry

It is not how long the music last but how much we enjoy.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

One of the great things about music is that it has the capability of time travel – you smell a certain smell in the room and it takes you back to your childhood. I feel like music is able to do that, and it happens to me all the time.

— M. Ward

I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I’m not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does.

— David Bowie

This has been my vocation to make music of what remains.

— Itzhak Perlman

When I travel too much, it affects the music, and that is the most important thing. As long as I make good music, I can play shows, but if the music starts getting bad, the show offers won’t come.

— Kygo

As an architect, you have to provide a shelter to enjoy art. And you have to love art. It’s like when you make a concert hall. You must love music. This is the reason why you make the space, to enjoy music – making a space for art is the same thing.

— Renzo Piano

If music is food for the soul, lessons are food for knowledge what feeds the heart….. Love

— Joyce Guo

The hurt is the place where the music enters you.

— Ella Leya, The Orphan Sky

The whole beauty of music is that it goes where your words won’t let you.

— Anne Hathaway

My arm began moving, turning the invisible crank of Death’s music box. Somewhere inside, I didn’t want the melody to end.

— Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

The English may not like music but they absolutely love the noise it makes.

— Thomas Beecham

The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I’m not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage.

— Pete Townshend

I need that aggressive attitude to play my music and more men have that attitude than women.

— Lita Ford

And so Discovery drove on toward Saturn, as often as not pulsating with the cool music of the harpsichord, the frozen thoughts of a brain that had been dust for twice a hundred years.

— Arthur C. Clarke

When the words have been said and the music has been played, feelingsare the only form of art which will remain to reign.

— Soar, Yours, poetically: Special Deluxe Edition of Selected Poems and Quotes

We do play to our audience. It’s very important. You can’t create music in a vacuum.

— Brian May

Boy bands should be exploded from a great height. They’re just pretty people singing music written by others.

— Eddie Izzard

I painted the picture, and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw.

— Edvard Munch

To dance to fey music is the beginning of the end.

— Kate McCafferty, Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl

Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.

— William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

I would be a huge hypocrite if I didn’t tell you that at one time in my life I thought the way that you made music was you got on a major label and you got famous.

— Neko Case

I think music should be the basis of an education, not just something you do once a week.

— Joshua Bell

My father’s music gives hope to people and also inspires them to break the bonds of injustice and to be positive in life. I’ve seen that everywhere I go, especially in poor countries and poor neighborhoods.

— Ziggy Marley

People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to compositions as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Make sure you control the radio on a long road trip. You don’t want to listen to some old-fashioned music the whole time.

— Preston Shay, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Trip: On the Road of the Longest Two-Week Family Road Trip in History

Let us play the flute of love to spread the music of peace, joy and happiness.

— Debasish Mridha

It’s funny, isn’t it, ” Miss Woolf whispered in Ursula’s ear, “how much German music we listen to. Great beauty transcends all. Perhaps after the war it will heal all too.

— Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

It’s about the music and that’s it. I’m not an entertainer. But I do entertain people, see what I mean?

— Liam Gallagher

I couldn’t do country, with all due respect to all country music artists. My parents dressed me up with a cowboy hat and we’d go to the rodeo when I was younger and it traumatized me for life.

— Chris Colfer

I hated science in high school. Technology? Engineering? Math? Why would I ever need this? Little did I realize that music was also about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all rolled into one.

— Mickey Hart

Any good music must be an innovation.

— Les Baxter

… but I believe that music can change a life, because it changed mine.

— Charlotte Eriksson

Kindness is the music that softens every heart and fills it with ineffable joy.

— Debasish Mridha

In his autobiography Stravinsky relates that the first music he remembers was made by a peasant, working his hand in his armpit to produce a rhytmic farting.

— Craig Raine, Heartbreak

Drugs, sex, booze, all the stuff that we wanted to do. The problem was that we didn’t want to learn the top 40 ’cause most of the music was awful and we had this other idea about what we wanted to do.

— Wayne Kramer

Words are music to the ears, alone or together, with or without melody.

— A.A. Patawaran, Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator

I love being in public places, but I can’t stand long, drawn-out music festivals.

— Lamorne Morris

I don’t think ‘Sugar Man’ is a music doc any more than ‘The Social Network’ is about computers. It just happens to have the best soundtrack ever.

— Malik Bendjelloul

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

— Samuel Johnson

I think music has the ability to inspire people and to change hearts, and the heart has the power to change the mind, and the mind has the power to change the world.

— Serj Tankian

When I became insane, the music that calms me down…

— Maria Herliana

Like all tools, modern technology has produced some wonderful moments in music and also some horrors.

— Hugh Hopper

Composing music changes nations, listening to music changes you.

— Alin Sav

We need to take music out of the ivory tower – both for musicians and for the public. Otherwise, classical music will not survive the 21st century.

— Daniel Barenboim

I hear the most music in the depths of silence.

— Meeta Ahluwalia

For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.

— Lois Lowry, The Giver

To have someone to relate to and hopefully enjoy the music and get a positive message out of it, to make the best music that we possibly could, those were the goals.

— Janet Jackson

I’ve always felt music is the only way to give an instantaneous moment the feel of slow motion. To romanticise it and glorify it and give it a soundtrack and a rhythm.

— Taylor Swift

There are millions of people who consume music illegally every month. Just getting them into a legal service will make the music industry way bigger than it’s ever been before.

— Daniel Ek

That innate love of melody, which she had inherited from her ballad-singing mother, gave the simplest music a power which could well-nigh drag her heart out of her bosom at times.

— Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn’t seem like there’s anything happening like that.

— Merle Haggard

I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.

— Eric Clapton

My music is bejewelled, it’s colourful, it’s romantic, it shines.

— Carly Rae Jepsen

People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around – the music and the ideas.

— Bob Dylan

Morning is a song that succeeds the music of dawn…

— Saurav Somani

My musical knowledge is so bad it’s embarrassing. When composers discuss music with someone as primitive as myself, they have to talk about it in terms of senses and emotion, rather than keys and tempo.

— Jane Campion

I think music is what language once aspired to be. Music allows us to face God on our own terms because it reaches beyond life.

— Simon Van Booy

When you’re playing music through the streets of London at 2 o’clock in the morning, there’s something so cool and magical about that. It takes you to a special place very quickly.

— Rachel McAdams

Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature.

— Zhuangzi

Disco is music for dancing, and people will always want to dance.

— Giorgio Moroder

Anytime fashion and music go hand-in-hand and it really is an organic fit, it’s amazing.

— Solange Knowles

When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized, the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match.

— Bruce Beresford

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him ‘pop.’ Don’t tell him ‘rock’n’roll’ or they won’t even let you in the hotel.

— Buddy Holly

Over the years, music put a weapon in my hand and words in my mouth, it backed me up and shielded me, it shook me and scared me and showed me the way; music opened me up to living and being and feeling.

— Carrie Brownstein

I studied computer science and graphic design, yeah, so music was self-taught and a backburner thing, an obsessive hobby.

— Tycho

There’s something missing in the music industry today… and it’s music. Songs you hear don’t last, it’s just product fed to you by the industry.

— Jimmy Buffett

The first music I was ever exposed to was Irish folk music, like the Clancy Brothers. My father plays that and Christmas songs.

— Matt Dillon

The sound of the king’s music made Despereaux’s soul grow large and light inside of him.

— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

The type of music I make, it’s not just straight-up rapping. There’s emotion in it. That’s why people feel each song differently. I get all my vibes from rock music, you know? All my melodies and all that.

— Lil Uzi Vert

I discovered that the most interesting music of all was made by simply lining the loops in unison, and letting them slowly shift out of phase with other.

— Steve Reich

It was amazing and inspiring to see so many people come together through music to aid the great state of Vermont.

— Trey Anastasio

I’ve never listened to music lying down. Listening’s reading if you close your eyes.Music’s a wood you walk through.

— David Mitchell

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit and the waves dance to the music of its melodies and sparkle in its brightness.

— Percival

Love was like notches on a speaker that could be cranked up and down, the decibels of desire, the frequencies of feeling. Sometimes she thought that she might have cranked it all the way up and broken the dial before the music had even started.

— Alice Pung, Her Father’s Daughter

Dance with a girl three times, and if you like the light of her eye and the tone of voice with which she, breathless, answers your little questions about horseflesh and music about affairs masculine and feminine, then take the leap in the dark.

— Anthony Trollope

The martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.

— Frank Sinatra

What softened your heart?” I asked softly.”Good music and a friend.”I felt my eyes burn a little and turned from him, blinking quickly to lap up the sting of tears. “Music has incredible power””So does friendship, ” he supplied frankly.

— Amy Harmon, Running Barefoot

I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it.

— Christina Applegate

Flowers are the music of the earth.

— Marty Rubin

A bit of the vagueness of music stops you going completely mad, I imagine.

— Sebastian Faulks, Engleby

The function of pop music is to be consumed.

— Pierre Boulez

I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse.

— Bing Crosby

I love sad songs. They say so much. I love country music but even the happy songs sound really sad.

— Beth Ditto

Through Kurt I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that’s stripped down.

— Dave Grohl

Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore.

— Lady Gaga

I mean, what is music anyway? It’s a form of communication – at least for me it is. And that’s why I play the kind of music that I think – that I hope – can communicate with people.

— Kenny G

There was an electric buzzing sound that was constantly on, acting as background music like a million cicadas in the forest. A constant white noise.

— Missy Lyons, Alien Promise

Obviously given good health, and a continuing audience and a record company that allows me to do music. So given those things yes, I’m introducing some new music that people haven’t really heard me do in quite this fashion.

— Al Jarreau

Music becomes flesh and thrives in a new world, a new man . . .He, the last-born, son of music and love, shall arise in triumph over an ample land, prophet of a soul yet more ample . . .

— Kostis Palamas

He turned the music up loud. So what if it would deafen him? It made him happy. Like it had so many times before.

— Stuart McLean

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

— Martin Luther

My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.

— Taylor Swift

A man who hates music can’t be trusted.

— George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

I didn’t know that there were many rules in music when I first started writing.

— Tyler Joseph

A world without music is only filled with sounds in the air

— Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Beethoven can write music thank God – but he can do nothing else on earth.

— Ludwig van Beethoven

I could be whatever I wanted to be if I trusted that music that song that vibration of God that was inside of me.

— Shirley MacLaine

If you listen to music every day, you will be happy.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

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. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.

— Billie Holiday

Different elevator music was playing since my last visit-that old disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” A terrifying image flashed through my mind of Apollo in bell-bottom pants and a slinky silk shirt.

— Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

I design music I don’t produce it.

— Travis Scott

Sure, I love people, and I want to communicate with people. I mean, what is music anyway? It’s a form of communication – at least for me it is. And that’s why I play the kind of music that I think – that I hope – can communicate with people.

— Kenny G

I’d always had an ear for beauty, and maybe I’d had an eye for it as well, but until that day, I’d not recognized that the truth in great music could be found also in great art, that the heart could be lifted and the mind sharpened equally by both.

— Dean Koontz, The City

More are men’s ends marked than their lives before.The setting sun, the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past.

— William Shakespeare

The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a damn good start.

— Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

Why would anyone pay for writing anymore when there’s Facebook and why would anyone pay for music anymore when there’s YouTube.

— Lisa Bedrick, On Christian Hot Topics

I’m glad I had a chance to see great music played up close and live. In a way, that’s what I hope my show does. It’s almost like an acoustic evening with Mick Foley.

— Mick Foley

Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

— Samuel Butler

If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.

— Ezra Pound

I wanted to be famous for my music and my talent, and I always wished I could cut it out when I left the stage.

— Beyonce Knowles

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

— Henry Miller

Music did that to me, just like God was supposed to, because music seemed both magic and holy.

— Jennifer Niven, Velva Jean Learns to Drive

I make music for ears, not eyes

— Adele

Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.

— Bill Monroe

You never know. Somebody can seem cool and then you look in their music library and there’s Katy Perry.

— Kara Lee Corthron, The Truth of Right Now

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.

— Judith Viorst

When your life is stormy, take a refuge to a port: To music or to literature, in short, to art, to any kind of art!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

— Henry Ward Beecher

They scattered with no melody, no harmony, no rhythm to hold them. If music was emotion and emotion came from thought, then this was the scream of chaos, of the irrational, of the helpless, of man’s self-abdication.

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

— Mary Kay Ash

I think there is a big difference between the music business and music. And my relationship is to music, not music business. I think the business will keep changing, but music won’t. Music will be there.

— Yoko Ono

God has abandoned you. Fear does not serve you. Your heart has betrayed you. Only the music can guide you.

— Noah Levine

Don’t make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it’s crucial to make a living, that shouldn’t be your inspiration. Do it for yourself.

— Billy Joel

It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.

— Luciano Pavarotti

Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there.

— Bruno Mars

The dancing vortex of a sacred metaphor clashes horns and halos to make wounded music set to the tempo of a new era in brilliant labor.

— Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

My hobbies are reading, writing, listening to music and dancing.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

The best music is that which subtly connects with your reality but mischievously transcends you into an enticing imagination.

— Hrishikesh Agnihotri

Other nations merely change governments as a lady changes dancing partners: Canada contrives to fall in a dead faint every time the music stops.

— Gordon Donaldson, The Prime Ministers of Canada

Bethany stepped out of the carriage, eyes fixed in rapt wonder at Ellingsworth manor. Gossamer paper lanterns hung from the trees, linking the drive like stars from the heaves. Strains of enchanting music emanated from the house…

— Brooklyn Ann, Wynter’s Bite

I mean, the shoe – there is a music to it, there is attitude, there is sound, it’s a movement. Clothes – it’s a different story. There are a million things I’d rather do before designing clothes: directing, landscaping.

— Christian Louboutin

There’s a lot of music that sounds like it’s literally computer-generated, totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.

— Aimee Mann

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

I treat every album as a new beginning, so I’m asking myself, ‘What is pop music now? What are people consuming?’ and I take these things into effect.

— Luis Fonsi

Do not take up music unless you would rather die than not do so.

— Nadia Boulanger

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

— Walter Lippmann

My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels.

— Herbie Hancock

I think the feelings in my music were suggested to me before I even had the ability to play music.

— John Frusciante

This music won’t do. There’s not enough sarcasm in it.

— Samuel Goldwyn

Shall I tell you our secret? We are charming thieves who steal hearts and never fail because we are the friends of the One.Blessed is the poem that comes through me but not of me because the sound of my own music will drown the song of Love.

— Jalaluddin Rumi

I mix up all styles on my albums because that is what music is about now.

— David Guetta

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.

— John Keats

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

— Kin Hubbard

I started realizing that music is the one area where I’ve always let go. When that saxophone goes into my mouth, I get into a space where I never think about the notes I’ve already played or anticipate the notes ahead.

— Kenny G

I’m sick of all these labels and these manufactured subdivisions of music that don’t even exist. And even though I’m pierced myself, I’m sick of everyone equating body piercing with musical courage. If you ask me, it takes a lot more than that.

— Jeff Buckley

There is a music of the universes in every heart.

— Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

In any case, perhaps the quest for data to support our actions gets overemphasized. After all, our emotions distinguish us. Art and poetry and music are from and to the human heart, as is, for many, our relationship with the land.’ ~ Randy Morgenson

— Eric Blehm, The Last Season

To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.

— David McCullough

The muffled syllables that Nature speaksFill us with deeper longing for her word; She hides a meaning that the spirit seeks, She makes a sweeter music than is heard.

— George Santayana

I never thought, in my lifetime, that you’d be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today.

— Dolly Parton

I kind of want to get the music back on a road it hasn’t been on for a while. I want to promote the arts as part of the American diet.

— Jason Moran

The end of all good music is to affect the soul.

— Claudio Monteverdi

I’ve learned ruthless concentration. I can write under any circumstances … street noises loud talk music you name it.

— Sylvia Porter

My goal in my career is to inspire people, is to get my music out there and have people enjoy it, and have people think of me as an inspirational artist.

— Christina Grimmie

For that you should read the original. In very great poetry the music often comes through even when one doesn’t know language. I loved Dante passionately before I knew a word of Italian.

— Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Light quirks of music broken and uneven Make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav’n.

— Alexander Pope

What is true about music is true about life: that beauty reveals everything because it expresses nothing.

— Mandy Slade

The day i am not listening to music is the very next day of my last day.

— Haritha Velpureddy

I think that we all have to have that rite of passage of dating the tortured artist who seems cooler than we think we are; we aspire to be like them, and we’re excited that somebody is turning us on to new music or a new lifestyle.

— Drew Barrymore

All dancers are creator, and all dancers are creats own world, to produce with music or rythm”.

— Avani pagar

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

— Van Morrison

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

— Mickey Hart

Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

In silence, I hear the music of your heart.

— Debasish Mridha

My mom loved rock n’ roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.

— Patti Smith

A musician’s or artist’s responsibility is a simple one, and that is, through your music to tell the truth

— Tom Morello

But we got up there and decided to stick to this mix of power chords and funk and that’s where it really started for us. In having the courage to take that decision. To take a gamble not just with our music but our lives.

— Michael Hutchence

The music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.

— August Rush

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

— Robert Browning

Music is the primordial language of life. That is why we love it so much. Actually every animal can hear and understand music better than we do.

— Debasish Mridha

[Darlin’] it does not surprise me that someone with as much passion as you would feel the music in your bones.

— Kallypso Masters, Nobody’s Dream

Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism. It came quite early to music and literature, and a little later to architecture. And I think it’s still coming to computer science.

— Larry Wall

The music of the future will not entertainIt’s only meant to repress and neutralize your brain

— Porcupine Tree

Art, whatever form it takes, requires hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. As a writer, I know my grammar, cadence, the music of prose, and the art of the narrative.

— F. Sionil Jose

Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.

— Martin Luther

So a more sensible thing it seemed to me was to go to Silicon Valley and be pushing on the technology companies to accelerate the use of audio and music in computers.

— Thomas Dolby

The rhetoric is the key to the character. It’s the verbal music of the piece.

— Peter Shaffer

Life gives us the music but we can raise or lower the volume as we like

— Natalia Lizardo

Great music will always rise to the top if you give it a chance.

— Darius Rucker

The fashion look of teens and twentysomethings -once so cutting edge- is now, like most of the music played on the radio, a matter of routine. Safe, tired, everywhere.

— Phil Strongman, Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk

I’ve never believed that pop music is escapist trash. There’s always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music.

— Thom Yorke

It’s nice to be able to backtrack and not be embarrassed by the music you used to listen to.

— Will Oldham

Running, the music flew into him, became the wind that pushed back his hair and the slap of his own feet on the pavement.

— Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

And my experience in the music scene had shown me that there were places for places in the world where misfits were welcome.

— John Elder Robison, Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records.

— Richard Branson

Therapy is to make one happy. What is the point of that? Happy people are not interesting. Better to accept the burden of unhappiness and try to turn it into something worthwhile, poetry or music or painting: that is what he been believes.

— J.M. Coetzee, Youth

With so many ways to communicate at our disposal, we must not forget the transformative power of a live music experience and genuine human exchange.

— Jon Batiste

Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.

— Grace Slick

Quoyle experienced moments in all colors, uttered brilliancies, paid attention to the rich sound of waves counting stones, he laughed and wept, noticed sunsets, heard music in rain, said I do.

— Annie Proulx

I want to make my music and be a happy woman, a good wife, a good mom and one day hopefully have a child of my own.

— LeAnn Rimes

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

— John Milton, The Complete Poetry

For some young people, their first experience ever hearing punk rock music was playing the Green Bay Packers on ‘Madden’.

— Billie Joe Armstrong

An ear for music is very different from a taste for music. I have no ear whatever I could not sing an air to save my life but I have the intensest delight in music and can detect good from bad.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Meaning is always a latecomer. Beauty and music seduce us first; later ashamed of our own sensuality, we insist on meaning.

— Clive Barker, Galilee

You used to have to sing and convey emotion, and now, well, technically you can do anything with technology. It sucks for music today, but that’s why that old music feels so good to me.

— Christina Aguilera

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

Good music makes a happy life.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

When I think of music, I think of music in its totality, complete. From the lowest blues to the highest symphony, you know, so what I’d like to do is exemplify each style of as many periods as I can possibly do.

— Donny Hathaway

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.

— Nina Simone

Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea.

— Mina Loy, The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.

— Elvis Costello

I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.

— Bela Bartok

Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation.

— Ronnie James Dio

I’m one of those firm believers that good music will prevail.

— Pras Michel

I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something

— Eddie Vedder

I understood it in my bones. Longing made the music bigger.

— Hannah Lillith Assadi, Sonora

I hope we can keep doing it this way – making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing.

— Damon Albarn

The universe is a symphony of strings, and the mind of God that Einstein eloquently wrote about for thirty years would be cosmic music resonating through eleven-dimensional hyper space.

— Michio Kaku

The paradox is that I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make, and I believe it has an important place. Others do, too, and the thousands of people with Morrissey tattoos certainly proves something.

— Morrissey

It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.

— George Eliot, Middlemarch

Listening to music makes me creative in all spheres of life.

— Nelson Nshekanabo

I imagine music sitting in a chair across from me saying “and how does that make you feel?”.

— Clayton Montgomery

Random makes you smart, random music makes your smart. So keep in touch with random, because random is your friend!

— Deyth Banger

Let your life be a song. Let music be the background of whatever human things you will do for this blazing, spinning planet, and never let go of the good, never let go of the kindness.

— Logan Keys

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

— Groucho Marx

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.

— Eminem

You don’t choose the music your enemies play, but you choose which songs you dance to.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

The music world is where child prodigies go to die.

— Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.

— Taylor Swift

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

Where does music go when it’s not playing?—she asked herself. And disarmed she would answer: May they make a harp out of my nerves when I die.

— Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart

If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.

— William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

I love music of all kinds, but there’s no greater music than the sound of my grandchildren laughing; my kids, too.

— Sylvia Earle

Just look at what is right in front of you. People don’t do that. They see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see. They only hear the music and not the lyrics of human events.

— Vincent Bugliosi

Where words leave off, music begins.

— Heinrich Heine

There were only seven years between the first and last Beatles albums. That’s nothing, seven years, when you think of how their hairstyles changed and their music changed. Some bands now go seven years without hardly bothering to do anything.

— Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

I found that it wasn’t so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they’re kindred spirits.

— J. Carter Brown

I was a teacher for a long time. I taught at a community college: voice, theory, humanities. And nowadays, music education is a dying thing. Funding is being cut more and more and more.

— Jon Secada

If you’re going to keep the music in you, Jonah, you’ve got to play a little bit every day purely for pleasure. Otherwise, you’ll lose the joy of it, and if you lose the joy, you won’t sound good to those who know piano – or to yourself.

— Dean Koontz, The City

For me, I always have looked at ‘indie’ as a term of ‘independence.’ Never associated a sonic gesture with that in the same way that pop music has always meant ‘popular’ to me; you know, it didn’t define a sound.

— Solange Knowles

I believe music should reflect yourself in some way and not just yourself at the given time. I feel that when you die or when you’re going, someone’s supposed to listen to that music and know everything about you. And I just try to get that across.

— Lil Wayne

Work It Harder Make It BetterDo It Faster, Makes Us strongerMore Than Ever Hour AfterOur Work Is Never Over-Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, lyrics and music by Daft Punk

— Daft Punk

Be the music of your soul. Don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game.

— Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

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

— Ornette Coleman

Funny songs aren’t usually that good. Like Weird Al and maybe a couple of Beatles songs, but it’s kind of hard to bring humor into rock music in an interesting way.

— Win Butler

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

— Stanley Kubrick

…childlike wonder and awe have died. The scenery and poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried up like a forgotten peach at the back of the refrigerator.

— John Piper, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Why would we need music if our lives were exactly as we wanted them to be?

— Mo Daviau, Every Anxious Wave

This will be our reply to violence:to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

— Leonard Bernstein

I love music. For me, music is morning coffee. It’s mood medicine. It’s pure magic. A good song is like a good meal-I just want to inhale it and then share a bite with someone else.

— Hoda Kotb, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee

I try to make the music give people a chance to become engrossed with what they hear enough to possibly experience things they’ve probably experienced on their own but don’t normally let themselves go so as to feel them fully.

— Oliver

Instrumental music can spread the international language.

— Herb Alpert

Everything seemed less frightening with music, even more so with music I knew by heart. It forced a familiar perspective on the scary unknown that was about to happen.

— Gaia B. Amman, Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time

I do not love the sea. The look of it is disquieting. There is something in the very sound of it that stirs the premonition felt while we listen to noble music we become inexplicably troubled.

— H. M. Tomlinson

I’ve had an experience through music that has touched almost every part of me. It educated me in ways that I didn’t get educated in school. So we try to lay on a bit of that, through being funny, being serious, playing hard.

— Bruce Springsteen

Chamber music – a conversation between friends.

— Catherine Drinker Bowen

Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music

— Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

When something seems unbalanced and out of rhythm, just a song can tune things up in a moment. The power of music is therapy.

— Anthony Liccione

It was amazing to me that, all of a sudden, I was hearing my music on the radio and coming out of cars.

— Lenny Kravitz

The devil does not stay where music is.

— Martin Luther

If you listen to music every day, you will strengthen your soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

I’d love to do my own music for sure. I’d love to have a band.

— Selena Gomez

Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing.

— John Philip Sousa

The way you pronounce words the Puerto Rico way, it’s not really global for music. Colombians speak some of the best Spanish in the world. So having a Colombian next to me every time I write makes my music more international.

— Nicky Jam

I was using computers for music in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and people didn’t get it. They thought you should only use computers for your taxes and making pie charts.

— Buffy Sainte-Marie

I listen to all kinds of music – new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.

— Gyorgy Ligeti

I’m not lazy. I’m just really gifted, only instead of being good at music or math I’m good at sleeping late.

— Elizabeth Jane Howard, Mr Wrong

I feel like good music comes and goes in waves.

— Santigold

Whether I’m being influenced by new music that I’m listening to, books I’ve read, my friends, or my faith, I’m learning all the time.

— Hayley Williams

There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness.

— Helen Keller

Leaders do not die with their music on their tongues unsung. They provide services that make them unleash their God-given potentials!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Watchwords

Music has always been a great solace for me. It’s still something that gives me far more joy than movies, I must say. I love movies, too. But somehow, music can transport you. There are so many different kinds of experiences you can have with music.

— Allison Anders

The high arts of literature and music stand in a curious relationship to one another, at once securely comfortable and deeply uneasy – rather like a long-term marriage.

— Will Self

I wonder if there are soft-spoken voices who deliver assignments to all of us in various times … It is nice to think I have company-that others dance to the muted music I hear.

— W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe

In the United States, we spend millions of dollars on sports because it promotes teamwork, discipline, and the experience of learning to make great progress in small increments. Learning to play music does all this and more.

— Linda Ronstadt

I’m very lucky; I have a lot of knowledge. My favorite band is The Beatles, so a lot of inspiration for my music comes from them, too.

— Sabrina Carpenter

The secret is not to make your music louder. But to make the world quieter.

— Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media.

— Milton Babbitt

I use computers for email, staying current with my own website as well as finding important information through other websites. I also use it for creating MP3 files of new music I’m working on.

— Clint Black

The rise of the iPod meant that digital music became the norm, It’s sad, but you can still find the real stuff out there if you look for it!

— Peter Hook

Good film, television, or music keeps you awake, anxious for the next movement or act, and wanting more when it is finished.

— John Grooters

I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.

— Alex Kapranos

boys, girls and music . . why do they need gin?

— Frank

Live each day like you are celebrating your birthday—that is what life wants for you. Engage with family and friends. Indulge in good food, music and dance. You are precious to life.

— Pooja Ruprell

The universe is a symphony of strings. And the “Mind of God, ” which Einstein wrote eloquently about, is cosmic music resonating throughout hyperspace.

— Michio Kaku

You, ” I said, “are sweet music in a distant room.

— Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

I think that is what film and art and music do they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.

— Bruce Springsteen

My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.

— Ray Charles

‘Swallow My Gift’ is all about music being its own reward. I don’t do it to become more famous I don’t do it to make money. I don’t do it from an ego-driven point of view.

— Russell Crowe

A baby’s laughter is the sweetest music that touches every heart.

— Debasish Mridha

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music and of aviation.

— Tom Stoppard

In addition, I think religion has a chance of a look-in whenever the mind craves solace in music or poetry– in any form of art at all. Personally, I think it is an art, the greatest one; an extension of the communication all the other arts attempt.

— Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

I like to be with my friends and my family, listen to music and read books. Things like that relax me.

— Caroline Wozniacki

A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.

— Ian Anderson

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

It’s really easy to do sad you just put on some sad music and write dramatically – everybody can do that.

— Jill Soloway

Just as music is noise that makes sense, a painting is colour that makes sense, so a story is life that makes sense.

— Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil

Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.

— Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.

— Benjamin Disraeli

What does music mean to me? I don’t think I would really be much without it, without it coming through me. It’s my means of communication, my means of growth, my means of transportation from one point in my life to another.

— Erykah Badu

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.

— Truman Capote, Truman Capote: Conversations

The music industry is saying, This is the format, and if you’ll fit into this format, you can be on radio, and if radio will play you, MTV will expose you, and MTV will expose you, we’ll sell records.

— Nikki Sixx

I like music because it’s the only invisible art form.

— Sean Lennon

All I needed to know, all true knowledge, the only really essential knowledge, was to be found in the books I read and the music I listened to

— Karl Ove Knausgård

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.

— Andres Segovia

I don’t think any of the early Romantic composers knew how to write for the piano… The music of that era is full of empty theatrical gestures, full of exhibitionism, and it has a worldly, hedonistic quality that simply turns me off.

— Glenn Gould

A picture is just a picture, but add music and there’s emotion. There’s a story.

— L.H. Cosway, Still Life with Strings

In a cool solitude of treesWhere leaves and birds a music spin, Mind that was weary is at ease, New rhythms in the soul begin.

— William Kean Seymour, The Cats of Rome: New and Selected Poems

Without music life would B flat

— Dulcinea Martinez

When the music note grows tired we will land on the wings of a guardian – One already accustomed to my attempts to fly One aware of my weakness for a beautiful try

— Phibby Venable

Enjoy the music to understand it!

— Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Should you care to write (and only the saints know why you should) you must needs have knowledge and art and magic – the knowledge of the music of words, the art of being artless, and the magic of loving your readers.

— Kahil Gibran

I enjoy melancholic music and art. They take me to places I don’t normally get to go.

— Criss Jami, Killosophy

My hope is that out of all the anger and seeming hostility that we hear in some of today’s music will come some sort of coalition that will become politically involved.

— Roberta Flack

I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I’m 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it’s been of interest to me.

— Tim McGraw

I remember a moment when the Prince went back to his old school, Grammar School in Melbourne, and slightly to his horror his old music teacher produced a cello.

— Anthony Holden

It’s really cool to see glowsticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community.

— Jonathan Davis

I create my music for fun not because I have to, that is why it sounds magical and unique

— Sami Abouzid

I love the relationship that anyone has with music … because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. … It’s the best part of us probably …

— Nick Hornby, Songbook

Your music hurts, the way sunshine hurts when you’ve existed for a long time in darkness.

— Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

He was making music – Howells, Finzi, Holst – so you could see the sounds in the serried air.Serried. Then just as suddenly empty when his sound-proof right hand closed off the notes.

— Craig Raine

Every day look at a beautiful picture read a beautiful poem listen to some beautiful music and if possible say some reasonable thing.

— Goethe

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.

— Etta James

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man’s body and reduce it to harmony.

— Francis Bacon, The Advancement Of Learning

No, but way before that, I’ve been doing little dances in movies for years. Yeah, that was an amazing chance. You know, at my age to be able to do a music dance video, very unusual.

— Christopher Walken

[Our] minds are molded in many different ways— often in ways we are not aware of at the time. I am convinced that many things—the films we watch, the television we see, the music we listen to, the books we read—have a great effect on us.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

Is the music broke, Mommy?

— Edward M. Wolfe, Hell on Ice

Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions.

— Henry Rollins

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody’s piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.

— Igor Stravinsky

…I turned the music back on and reached to turn off my lamp, trying not to think about anything for a few minutes. That’s always impossible, though. It’s easier to stop breathing than it is to stop thinking.

— Robin Benway, Emmy & Oliver

I have taken taking my music to labels for years, and everyone just thought it was creepy. They thought the images with the music were weird and verging on psychotic.

— Lana Del Rey

That’s my secret and my shame. I’m Nona Grey, war is in my veins, and the screams of my enemies are music to me.

— Mark Lawrence, Red Sister

…A strange art – music – the most poetic and precise of all the arts, vague as a dream and precise as algebra.

— Guy de Maupassant, Complete Works

I never made it to the school choir because the music teacher didn’t like my voice. I was pretty sad. But he was probably right; I did have a voice a bit like a goat, but my dad told me to never give up and to keep going, and it’s paid off.

— Shakira

What is music anyway? It’s a form of communication, and that’s why I play the kind of music that I think – that I hope – can communicate with people.

— Kenny G

Writing music and lyrics, you tend to become a control freak – sitting alone in your room with a bare light bulb over your head, writing communist manifestos.

— Jason Robert Brown

I think all music is a gift from God.

— Pharrell Williams

A ‘Magik’ session is a journey through different stages of emotions and the ‘Search for Sunrise’ is more chilling music for when you come home after a party or when you are just about to go to one.

— Tiesto

When there’s music in your soul, there’s soul in your music.

— Criss Jami, Healology

We really practice music and work really hard. Sometimes we’ll leave at six in the morning, and we started at three the day before.

— Trombone Shorty

It’s always a positive when radio is playing your music and fans are responding.

— Darius Rucker

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.

— Lou Rawls

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

The music business is motivated by money. Music is motivated by energy and feelings.

— Erykah Badu

The music is the message, the message is the music. So that’s my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me – a little ministry called love and happiness.

— Al Green

I always read poetry before I write, to sensitize me to the rhythms and music of language.

— Janet Fitch

The online music magazine Pitchfork once wrote that I would collaborate with anyone for a bag of Doritos.

— David Byrne, How Music Works

Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.

— Johnny Cash

The market didn’t define the music the music defined the market.

— Charlie Hunter

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that you’re not aware there was a writer there.

— Stephen Sondheim

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.

— Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera: Piano/Vocal

I have built a city from the books I’ve read. A good book sings a a timeless music that is heard in the choir lofts, and balconies, and theaters that thrived within that secret city inside me.

— Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Ly-di-ah! I sit beneath your window, laaaass, singing ’cause I loooove your a—”“For the love of St. Francis of Assisi, someone call a vet. There is an injured animal screaming in pain outside, ” Charlotte interrupted the flow of music in ill-humor.

— Michelle M. Pillow, Love Potions

Dre was one of my heros in the music industry. If he’s not down for his homeboys, I don’t wanna be a part of him or around him.

— Tupac Shakur

Just sharing music with each other – that’s cool. It’s the selling that becomes the problem.

— Prince

DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are.

— Yoko Ono

[Being in love] is something like poetry. Certainly you can analyze it and expound its various senses and intentions but there is always something left over mysteriously hovering between music and meaning.

— Muriel Spark

The ideal situation would be to bypass all of the drama and mayhem and just get the music right to the people. I’m confident that we’ll eventually figure it out.

— Debbie Gibson

When you break it all down, my punk rock is my dad’s blues. It’s music from the underground, and it’s real, and it’s written for the downtrodden in uncertain times.

— Frank Iero

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

I read a lot; fiction and non-fiction are the mediums I find most edifying and inspiring. I watch movies and listen to music and take lots and lots of walks. Nature is a nice reset button for me, it’s how I get a lot of thinking done.

— Carrie Brownstein

Now that a full flood of music has swept over our country, let Nikhil practise his scales, while we rouse the land with our cracked voices[.]

— Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World

The power of music in Spanish is so strong, that I couldn’t stay away from it any longer.

— Enrique Iglesias

This is the music business. ‘Five years is five hundred years’ – your words.

— Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.

— Keith Richards

Being in Blur has allowed me to travel and hear the music that’s being made all over the world.

— Damon Albarn

The fact that we elected Obama was a sign that the black struggle inherent in the blues and so much of the music I have loved can triumph.

— Jack White

My message to anyone who’s afraid that they can’t write music when they’re happy is ‘Just trust the passion.’ The passion can write a lot of things.

— Alanis Morissette

I think going from doing TV and straight plays to Shakespeare is weird enough because you have this heightened language, and you are telling a story through metric poetry. But I think music is that place beyond poetry.

— Tamsin Greig

How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion.

— Confucius

Until I realized that rock music was my connection to the rest of the human race, I felt like I was dying, for some reason, and I didn’t know why.

— Bruce Springsteen

A nation creates music – the composer only arranges it.

— Mikhail Glinka

Napster has pointed the way for a new direction for music distribution, and we believe it will form the basis of important and exciting new business models for the future of the music industry.

— Barry Diller

When your inner eyes open you can find immense beauty hidden within the inconsequential details of daily life. When your inner ears open you can hear the subtle lovely music of the universe everywhere you go.

— Timothy Ray Miller

The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation rather than in any other, without which it would have no power to exist.

— Franz Liszt

One of the multitudes of exboyfriends had been a country music fan and left Gemma with an unfortunate passion for Tammy Wynette. It was like, Cat thought, he’d given her herpes.

— Liane Moriarty, Three Wishes

They were making a riotous noise, but it was much more like music – rather advanced music which you don’t quite take in at the first hearing – than birds’ songs ever are in our world.

— C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be transcendental language in the most extravagant sense.

— Charles Ives

Music is pretty much the lifestyle, not the music itself. The lifestyle really pulled me off the street. Made me want to do something organized and positive.

— Brandon Thomas

My music is my No. 1, and I’ve got people who believe in me and keep me going. I’m thankful.

— Jon Pardi

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.

— Warren Bennis

Of all the arts, music is really the most abstract.

— Leo Ornstein

I’m not necessarily that big of a clubbing junkie, but I really like dance music as a genre.

— Mika

Generally music feedeth that disposition of the spirits which it findeth.

— Francis Bacon

Lately I’ve been believing that music predates speech.

— Debbie Harry

From being a teacher and educator, I see the state of the music through the eyes of an 18-year-old coming on to the scene, and we want to make sure it stays intact. With my generation, it’s our duty to do that.

— Jason Moran

No one who’s been into music ever really stops being into it. It’s in your soul forever. Maybe it gets buried deep under piles of shit for a while, but it’s always there, waiting to make you happy again.

— Ophelia London, Kissing Her Crush

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.

— Ray Charles

That was why Peg loved the Messiah best of all. Because it showed people they were not alone. No matter about their differences, the music lifted them up and lowered them down, only to raise them even higher. It worked like a spell.

— Rachel Joyce, The Music Shop

The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit.

— Tom Petty

It was my first big relationship and it was just very abusive. I wouldn’t give him the credit of naming him, if he ever reads this. But he was older, in the music business – or so he said.

— Lisa Snowdon

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

— Adlai Stevenson

To have the chance to see your music be elevated and to have almost universally positive response to that music, makes me feel better every day. I feel more confident and inspired, and that’s fun.

— John Legend

Holding you in my arms always feels like holding a musical instrument that I love the most, moving my fingers on your skin feels like playing it. And my soul closes its eyes and starts singing along with the music I start creating.

— Akshay Vasu

Placebo is music for outsiders, by outsiders and our gigs are like conventions of outcasts, which is cool.

— Brian Molko

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

— Bruce Springsteen

Miranda raised her eyebrows. Apparently she hadn’t figured me for a country music fan. I liked her for that.

— Rick Riordan, The Widower’s Two-Step

Any kid will tell you that, yes, their music is both an escape and a survival mechanism, and that sometimes the music givesbthem hope and inspiration. It doesn’t just placate and pacify.

— David Byrne, How Music Works

But bringing people together is what music has always done best.

— Rob Sheffield, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut

Happiness is like a genre of music that nearly everyone knows how to dance to. Happiness has a very simple tempo, catchy phrasing, and memorable lyrics. It’s the song at the wedding that makes everyone excited to run to the dance floor.

— T.K. Coleman, Freedom Without Permission: How to Live Free in a World That Isn’t

And there, on that road, that very minute, he started to play – the most lonesome music that them priests ever in their lives heard. It brought water out o’ their teeth, so it did.

— Eddie Lenihan, Meeting the Other Crowd

If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.

— Oscar Wilde

Everyone can understand music which is the universal language of love and kindness.

— Debasish Mridha

History’s greatest composers would be appalled to hear their greatest works reduced to distorted hold music for businesses.

— michael p naughton

Music is the language of the soul. It touches our deepest perceptions of being. Everyone understands music in his or her own way. Even animals understand music and respond to it with deep appreciation and love.

— Debasish Mridha

Good rock music always tends to be around.

— Dave Davies

My flute, M. Poirot, is my oldest companion. When everything else fails, music remains.

— Agatha Christie

We speak in (rich) monotones. Our poetry is haunted by the music it has left behind. Orpheus shrinks to a poet when he looks back, with the impatience of reason, on a music stronger than death.

— George Steiner, Errata: An Examined Life

Hip-hop and electronic music are so similar, in the fact that they’re both very visceral, have so much bass; a lot of times, it’s the same tempos. The culture and some of the sound design is different but a lot of times, it’s the same stuff.

— Skrillex

Scientist say that music can change the speed of a heartbeat. They failed to add: so can a text message.

— Holly Smale, Model Misfit

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

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being.

— John Coltrane

The Internet is both great and terrible. As a source of information, a tool for delivering music and art, it’s great. But spamming ads and piracy of music is terrible. It’s stealing.

— Gary Wright

Opening Ceremony is my number one favorite place to shop here. It’s the only place I’ll shop in New York with my son. All of the sales people are so cool; the music is great; it’s just like a big fun house, so he stays entertained.

— Solange Knowles

And of course there’s so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it’s obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around.

— Ashley Judd

I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn’t vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords. That was my original mission.

— Patti Smith

With sad music, or music that’s perceived as sad, there’s a sense of solidarity that can be really powerful. My songs are all joyful to me.

— J. Tillman

I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.

— Adele

Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great way to introduce people to the sound. But I hope to continue to incorporate other types of Indian music into my work.

— A. R. Rahman

The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance.

— Ernest Hemingway

You can leave your place you are sitting at without leaving that place either by playing music or by listening to music! Music is a migration to the unknown!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Art is basically communication, and I think everyone who’s a music lover has had that experience where a record or a recording has kept you company when no one else is around. And I think that is what I’m hoping that people get out of my music.

— Conor Oberst

In family life love is the oil that eases friction the cement that binds closer together and the music that brings harmony.

— Eva Burrows

Our mothers and our grandmothers some of them: moving to music not yet written.

— Alice Walker

Rock n’ Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That’s what rock n’ roll should do – take you to a better place.

— Meat Loaf

Country music is the people’s music. It just speaks about real life and about truth and it tells things how they really are.

— Faith Hill

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning

— Plato

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

— Nora Roberts

Part of the punk attitude was that you should project your music through your whole body… show your personality as much as possible.

— Billy Idol

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

— Henry Miller

As for me horror is the genre which makes my life more interesting, mysteries my life to be something like a riddle which people go and hard go outside…But the music build my personality!

— Deyth Banger

When you go to a great concert, you feel this arc, almost like the music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.

— John Green

I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there’s so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument.

— Bill Frisell

A big part of my life is music education because it changed my life – but arts, academics and athletics should all be equally treated in the school.

— Flea

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

They danced slow circles in the sand, Javier singing the words to the Spanish version of the song, the melancholy music putting a strange ache in his chest, an ache he saw reflected in her eyes. Was she feeling what he was feeling?

— Pamela Clare, First Strike

I don’t care about wearing branded clothes or flaunting brands. But I do care about the books that I read and the music that I listen to.

— Avijeet Das

From the first album, Led Zeppelin was always going to be a totally new approach from what had gone before – whether it was approaching the blues or folk music like ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’: nothing existed like that.

— Jimmy Page

Dance to the music of your soul.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

A great song is a great song, whether it’s on vinyl or CD or cassette or reel to reel or mp3. Then again, that might be an overly optimistic view, but I do think that great music will transcend the medium in which it is delivered.

— Moby

Sometimes, when inspiration runs dry, I drink classical music until my words spill out.

— Kamand Kojouri

Disco is the first technology music. And what I mean is that ‘disco’ music is named after discs, because when technology grew to where they didn’t need a band in the clubs, the DJ played it on a disc.

— will.i.am

I think, honestly, that a lot of people think I’m sad and dark all the time, because of the music I have made. But there’s a huge part of my personality that’s really energetic, outgoing and goofy.

— Skylar Grey

I am sad, like the hot dust on the streetsAnd the music of fresh fallen leavesCaught in a sliding summer breeze.

— Scott Hastie

When a writer’s heart is filled with the music of her soul, her words sing.

— A.D. Posey

Unfortunately, the young generation, who I believe have their own place in the sun like I had mine; but I wish it was possible there were other ways to have them understand this music was here before they came, and the reason that it was here.

— Ruth Brown

For him and his brother, he now knew, that music was real. Becuase all you had to do, really, was be willing to use your imagination. And listen.

— Holly Goldberg Sloan, I’ll Be There

Philosophy is the song of love with the music of morals.

— Debasish Mridha M.D.

That’s why I do this music business thing, it’s communication with people without having the extreme inconvenience of actually phoning anybody up.

— Morrissey

My heart dances with joy and sings with passion when it hears the music of love.

— Debasish Mridha

The best thing about being a DJ is making people happy. There is nothing like seeing people get up from a table to dance or the expression on their face when they hear a song they love. I also love to educate people on music they have never heard.

— Chelsea Leyland

Silence gives notice to the music of the senses that would otherwise not be heard.

— W Larsen Hughes

Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself.

— Michael Bolton

And Milo, full of thoughts and questions, curled up on the pages of tomorrow’s music and eagerly awaited the dawn.

— Norton Juster

Country music has to evolve in order to survive.

— Blake Shelton

Theatre is about the collective imagination… Everything I use on-stage is driven by the subject matter and what you might call the text – but that text can be anything, from a fragment of movement or music to something you see on a TV.

— Simon McBurney

It’s all so sexy and cute and romantic…until the music changes to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent.

— C.M. Stunich, Bad Nanny

It’s easy to get sidetracked with technology, and that is the danger, but ultimately you have to see what works with the music and what doesn’t. In a lot of cases, less is more. In most cases, less is more.

— Herbie Hancock

Don’t die with the music on your tongue unsung!Don’t die with the apps in your mind undesigned!Don’t die with the books in your head unpublished!Don’t die with the sermons in your heart unpreached!Live well and die well!

— Israelmore Ayivor, Michelangelo | Beethoven | Shakespeare: 15 Things Common to Great Achievers

I’ve always had a sick sense of humor, and I’ve always wanted that to permeate the music because I don’t take myself seriously. I take the music seriously, but I know I’m not God’s gift to anyone except my mom.

— Josh Homme

When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.

— Maria Callas

Life is like a piano. White keys are happy moments and the black ones are sad moments. Both keys are played together to give us the sweet music called Life.

— Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

We may be lost stars in an ocean of constellations on a dark night but do remember we both belong to the same sky. I breathe the same air that you breathe, we both look at the same luminosity above us. You are the music and I am the lyrics.

— Elizabeth E. Castillo

Education gives you lights to see, wings to fly, and music to sing.

— Debasish Mridha M.D.

I think in America there’s this free flow between fashion, art, architecture, music and design. In Europe, it’s more segregated between those different disciplines, I think.

— Marco Brambilla

I’ve realized that I love all forms of music and get excited when any artist goes crazy and creates something that is an experience.

— Tom DeLonge

Words are made by history, we build them and they change meaning through time, but the music they play…

— Claire North, The End of the Day

Let each man hear his own music and live by it. The drums roll one way for one man, and another way for another. You have to listen for your own.

— Audie Murphy

Poems are the chorus of our lives. the poet sets the words to the music of our souls. Each poem has its own rhythm that drums like a heartbeat.

— John Ritter, Choosing Up Sides

Lyrics belongs to us ina specific language, but music is universal.

— Abrar Ahmed chowdhury

I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards – Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin.

— Zooey Deschanel

I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.

— Nina Simone

In serial music, the series itself is seldom audible… What I’m interested in is a compositional process and a sounding music that are one in the same thing.

— Steve Reich

Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them.

— John James Audubon

I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less implicit in the music rather than explicit.

— Duncan Sheik

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.

— Ray Charles

Mathematics is the music of reason.

— James Joseph Sylvester

Dance before the music is over. Live before your Life is over.


I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It’s all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You’d have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music – I couldn’t sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.

— Amy Winehouse

It seemed hardly feasible that anyone could tune an oil barrel, and even less credible that the barrel could make music like nothing else in the world. She thought those sounds were magic.

— Stieg Larsson

The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it.

— Nat King Cole

When I was a teen, I thought I would have to choose between my writing or my music or my art, but it turns out it’s a difficult juggling game but I can do all of them.

— Maggie Stiefvater

Not everyone who loves music can play the tune.Estelle

— Nora Roberts

I grew up listening to Jay-Z, and I think the first time I really became obsessed with learning and thinking about lyrics was when I started listening to rap; I was 11, 12, and started becoming aware of music beyond the familiar.

— Ezra Koenig

For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion.

— Luciano Pavarotti

If all the arts aspire to the condition of music all the sciences aspire to the condition of mathematics.

— George Santayana

I’ve got rid of a lot of cynicism and anger. I feel positive about my development, and I just want to carry on making music and building myself as a person.

— King Krule

Abolish music prejudices. Form opinions and love music for itself, not its genre, performer(s) or popularity status.

— Abigail Biddinger

I don’t like to talk about things where you’re going to gt one side or the other unhappy. My music has no politics.

— Loretta Lynn

The best books — like the best music or television or movies or comics or video games — can challenge us and force us to think or perceive aspects of life that we may prefer to avoid. In a sense, they threaten us.

— Geoffrey Reiter

I adore watching movies movie marathons are my favorite pastime. I can watch up to five movies back to back. I also love music and like reading whenever I get the time.

— Priyanka Chopra

Has the industry done to music what McDonald’s has done to eating?

— Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star

Listening to silence, our intuition and music helps us to find answers.

— Danielle Barone

Religious people were big on saying “the tongue is a mighty weapon, so use it wisely, ” and then forsaking this claim when the music director slept with the minister’s wife or when the youth minister did what he did.

— Tiffany King, Miss Me Not

The right music and lyrics can infiltrate your soul.

— Brownell Landrum, Repercussions: DUET stories Volume IV – Adult Version

As one old gentleman put it, ” Son, I don’t care if you’re stark nekkid and wear a bone in your nose. If you kin fiddle, you’re all right with me. It’s the music we make that counts.

— Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Dancing is to music what a beloved wife is to her husband. Both of them are so in love, you can’t separate them.

— Paul Bamikole

Though a lifetime of listening to the music of the world has passed, even now the tone of the rain on the roof of my home is the sweetest sound I have ever heard.

— Kensi Brianne Smith

I’m Enjoying creating my new soundtrack Julie ( Italo – Dance Mix ), it’s real amazing to create music about a great friend you had in your life , Julie ..I love you eternally

— Sami Abouzid

I use music as a medium to talk to people.

— Sun Ra

Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.

— Deepak Chopra

Baby, you must dance to the music of your soul!

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

The darling mispronunciations of childhood! – dear me, there’s no music that can touch it; and how one grieves when it wastes away and dissolves into correctness, knowing it will never visit his bereaved ear again.

— Mark Twain

A flower is symbol of beauty for eyes, but music is the expression of beauty for ears.

— Debasish Mridha

And then the great music of which the world is made took him over, beyond thought, beyond control until he heard her cry his name and they fell together off the edge of the world.

— Jean Gill, Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence

I believe that music is another form of news. Music is another form of journalism to me so I have to cover all the areas with my album.

— Lil Wayne

It’s funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: ‘So, what does it take to make it?’ Well, first explain to me what you mean by ‘making it’: Do you want to be a rock star or do you want music to be your livelihood?

— Eddie Van Halen

All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it’s another world. It’s filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers – all kinds of people.

— Flea

Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music is about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away.

— Peter Tork

When the music is birthed from a place of worship it carries a spirit of worship.

— Temi Peters, Instruments of Praise & Acts of Worship

There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.

— Duke Ellington

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

— Frank Zappa, Real Frank Zappa Book

The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former the music is always graver than its performance – whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played.

— Andre Previn

I was always drawn to Broadway musicals, and obviously composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin and Porter were writing music that I found wildly impressive.

— Marvin Hamlisch

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.

— Andres Segovia

I am sure that music was never meant to sound this harsh, this painful.

— Tabitha Suzuma, A Voice in the Distance

We have no general conceptual thrust for the band, other than trying to make music that keeps our interest. When things are novel, they are probably things we have discovered by accident or investigation rather than by design.

— Steve Albini

It’s asking for trouble to listen to music alone.

— Janice Galloway, The Trick Is to Keep Breathing

For the music to be over so soon. For the music to be over when it had just begun. That was really sad.

— Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

There’s so much beautiful music in the world, and the kids are getting robbed.

— Billy Higgins

Hip-hop’s always reached out to kids. If you look at the last 10 big albums it might seem ironic. But when I look at the history of this music it’s always had a lot of positivity.

— LL Cool J

Dating becomes a cutthroat game of musical chairs with everyone scrambling for available partners to avoid standing alone at 30 when the music stops.

— Robyn Louis, Songs About Boys: The romantic musings and misadventures of my 20s

It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.

— Nina LaCour, Hold Still

Mozart’s music gives us permission to live.

— John Updike

My music is about where I am at the time. In ‘Raymond vs. Raymond, ‘ I was going through a lot of things, and it came out in my music. My marriage fell apart, and I was suddenly a single father.

— Usher

Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.

— Alexander McQueen

There is a sound that comes from gospel music that doesn’t come from anything else. It is a sound of peace. It is a sound of, ‘I’m going to make it through all of this.’

— Yolanda Adams

I think it’s important for people to stay human and remember that genuine human connection is more fulfilling than anything that technology has to offer. We all have it within us, and music is something that can bring that out of us.

— Jon Batiste

We’d like to think that our music will always be bigger than any one of our individual personalities.

— Chester Bennington

Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.

— John Fogerty

Because you have things like ‘American Idol’ and you’ve got radio stations that play music made entirely by computers, it’s easy to forget there are bands with actual people playing actual instruments that rock.

— Dave Grohl

I’m very into Taylor Swift. From her music to her wardrobe, she is absolutely killing it. Also, she has adorable cats that I would love to pet.

— Connor Franta

They say that the eyes of some paintings can follow you around the room, a fact that I doubt, but I am wondering whether some music can follow you for ever.

— Terry Pratchett, Snuff

My dad wanted me to play when I was a kid, so I learned to play the guitar. I pursued a career in music because I love it so much and I enjoy what it does to those who hear it.

— Randy Travis

Every now and then, a lot of bands doing the same kind of music will organically sprout up at once.

— Kathy Valentine

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.

— Marcel Marceau

Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.

— Karl Lagerfeld

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?

— Robert Fripp

Wind is the sacred music of the leaves; wherever and whenever the wind blows, over there leaves start their holy dancing frantically!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

You cannot taste a song but you can feel the tune relishing your heart where strings of music belong.

— Munia Khan

Mastering music is more than learning technical skills. Practicing is about quality, not quantity. Some days I practice for hours; other days it will be just a few minutes.

— Yo-Yo Ma

I have absorbed my life now. I am ready for my music to unfold. I know time flies, but before the end of this year, the album will be out. Even if it kills me.

— Neneh Cherry

God tells me how he wants the music played – and you get in his way.

— Arturo Toscanini

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more

— George Gordon Byron

You kind of attribute this magic to music and as you meet the people you realize that they don’t contain the magic. They just channel it a little bit sometimes, but they never possess it. They never own it.

— Kyle Morton

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.

— Jean Cocteau

If you call that music real noise

— Joseph McElroy, Women and Men

he was home on his own and listening to the sort of music he needed to listen to when he felt like this, music that seemed to find the sore spot in him and press up hard against it…

— Nick Hornby, About a Boy

I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.

— Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

We forget that this music, music made by my brothers and sisters, is still a baby. It’s just beginning. When I think of the possibilities, it makes me smile.

— Barry White

On horseback you feel as if you’re moving in time to classical music a camel seems to progress to the beat of a drum played by a drunk.

— Walter Moers, The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear

Some of us go full circle. Some of us blindly go nowhere. The circle doesn’t have to be very large to make a point, kick your ass and/or be entertaining. Remember that and stay light. Even the deaf know good music when they hear it.

— Jason Mraz

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— Petra Hermans

The music industry is really funny, when you have a hit record, everyone knows who are you, everyone wants to do duets with you, then if you have a miss, people suffer from amnesia.

— Seal

When I loved myself enough, I would sometimes wake in the night to music playing within me.

— Kim McMillen, When I Loved Myself Enough

The joy of Christmas causes hundreds of radio stations around the country to play Christmas music all day, and people will exchange millions of gifts to remember the first gift of Christmas, the infant Jesus.

— James Lankford

Classical music requires an immense amount of concentration, and I don’t know if I would’ve been that committed to that particular life.

— Questlove

Don’t die with your music still in you, play your music unencumbered. Should your guitar remain unstrung?

— Sravani Saha Nakhro

The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry.

— Mark Knopfler

And I played music through the night, alone, echoing through the halls. My life, alive through note.

— Jonathan P. Lamas, Sanctuary of Expression

I see music as one language. If one musical form eats its own tail, it dies. So it needs to be a mongrel, it needs to be hybridised.

— Sting

Am I a mindless fool? My life is a fragment, a disconnected dream that has no continuity. I am so tired of senselessness. I am tired of the music that my feelings sing, the dream music.

— Ross David Burke, When the Music’s Over: My Journey into Schizophrenia

It was generally believed, said Theophilus, that Orpheus learned his music from the birds. His small voice, piping after theirs, filled with all the secret stories of the earth.

— Ann Wroe, Orpheus: The Song of Life

Where I come from it was really unheard of to be at a party and someone says, ‘What kind of music do you make?’, and you say, ‘Pop music.’ You may as well have ‘I’m not cool’ stamped on your forehead.

— Lady Gaga

For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.

— Plato

I love when I reach Marcus on the phone and as he says hello, I can hear the music he’s listening to in the background. That music is the sound of him without me. How he surrounds himself when I’m not there, which is almost all the time.

— Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds

I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.

— Mary Lou Williams

I listen to music for emotion and I get zero emotion from rap.

— Sebastian Bach

The music in his laughter had a way of rounding off the missing notes in her soul.

— Gloria Naylor, Linden Hills

I dance daily to the music in my heart.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Walter Pater said that all the arts aspire to the condition of music, but I’ve always felt that music aspires to the condition of words.

— John Ashbery

I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard.

— Rodney Atkins

I want to make sure I continue to make good music that my mom and everybody around me can be proud of.

— Ruben Studdard

You can’t really imagine music without technology.

— Brian Eno

There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.

— Bruce Springsteen

want people to rock out in the car and not care that people are watching, I love that feeling when the sequences are all perfect and you can just press play. I want the music to take you on a journey.

— Blake Lewis

Do I think all contemporary Christian music is good? No.

— Amy Grant

How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?

— Jane Swan

Smiles are the dance of our soul, with the music of love, to express the beauty of mind, for the happiness of spirit, and for the joy of the world.

— Debasish Mridha

I start really missing London when I go away. I have a little flat, but very central. I live above a pub and you’d think it’d be a nightmare, but I like hearing the music and it’s quite comforting.

— Ellie Goulding

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – it’s really a stupid thing to want to do.

— Elvis Costello

What is this? It’s music to get a brain seizure by.

— Ozzy Osbourne

My first kiss. A new kind of kiss, like the new kind of music still playing, softly, in the distance – wild and arrhythmic, desperate. Passionate.

— Lauren Oliver

I love music so much I love what I do. I work very hard at being the best musician I can be because I love it.

— Diana Krall

But with rap music – not just N.W.A. – but rap music in general, seeing these artists wearing these team logos all the time started bringing a synergy and energy about having to rep your city, your team, everywhere and all the time.

— Ice Cube

I think its so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn’t exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no ones ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips.

— Michelle Branch

Country music especially can get very formulaic – you know, you have to have your verses and a bridge and a chorus, and a lot of the songs are written as just plain and simple poetry on the road.

— Sturgill Simpson

A translation is no translation, ’ he said, ‘unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it.

— John Millington Synge

Never stop dreaming. Never stop listening to the music that is inside of you.

— Debasish Mridha

The possibilities are endless now, with performing, getting your music online, getting your own website and getting your music out there. I think that’s very cool and amazing.

— Dave Gahan

Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.

— Vernon Howard

The thing about music was that you never knew the shape of anyone’s desire.

— Richard Powers, Orfeo

Music can make you feel things that aren’t yours—sadness, or love, or joy. A good song has a magic to it. It pulls you in and the feelings in the music take over and you become the music, you become the song.

— Michelle Frost, Wisdoms of the Light

I’m a DJ who makes dance music who got to play with Sting.

— Afrojack

A message for those of you who contemplate permanent solutions to temporary problems. You never know what could be coming in the future. There is so much music you’ve yet to hear.

— Hannah Hart, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

I just like music that sounds like music. Not like machines and computers and things that you design to make things sound slick and perfect.

— Zooey Deschanel

He has one hand over her mound and works his fingers as if he was playing guitar, making beautiful music with her tiny button. He serenades her with a love song that only his fingers know how to pick- a tune that no man can duplicate.

— Jane Emery, The Billionaire’s Forbidden Love: Sex, Lies & Secrets

I think that if people realize that with an mp3, you’re only getting five percent of the sound that’s there. But when you hear the entire thing… I think it would save the music business. It’s such a drastic change.

— Tom Petty

Sports without music is just a game. Music makes it entertaining.

— Ice Cube

Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was the symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen.

— Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

I’d much rather go out and have music randomly presented to me by different DJs than stay home and discover it on my own.

— Moby

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

— Jimmy Carter

When I was younger, I was listening to a lot of Armenian music, you know, revolutionary music about freedom and protest. In the 70s I was listening to soul and the Bee Gees and ABBA, and funk.

— Serj Tankian

Music does that; I would often dawdle home to make it last, all calm and wide awake and bouncing-still, and music would be everywhere, in everything.

— Fox Benwell, Kaleidoscope Song

Napster hijacked our music without asking. They never sought our permission. Our catalog of music simply became available as free downloads on the Napster system.

— Lars Ulrich

Classical music is the best, and cheapest, mind-altering drug in the world.

— Kamand Kojouri

My teacher, Josef Gingold, a student of the French school, always loved the music of Saint-Saens and Henri Vieuxtemps and all the French repertoire.

— Joshua Bell

Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Once, somebody asked Robert Schumann to explain the meaning of a certain piece of music he had just played on the piano. What Robert Schumann did was sit back down at the piano and play the piece of music again.

— David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress

I’ll always be into sports. Sports is part of my life forever. My TV stays on ESPN all day long, I’m one of those. I don’t even listen to music in the car; all I listen to is sports talk.

— Action Bronson

I was a kid watching music videos, which were so cool and made me want to learn how to dance. I wish I could’ve gone to dance classes and learn, like, hip-hop dancing.

— Iggy Azalea

Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony.

— Cat Stevens

‘Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can’t listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest. Some things in the world are far more important than wealth one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things.

— Dale Carnegie

Philosophy is the song of conscience and music the of thoughts.

— Debasish Mridha

I never saw music in terms of men and women or black and white. There was just cool and uncool.

— Bonnie Raitt

When all of this music sounds like you know what you want to say, then it will have been of all worth, ever. You will be something complete unto yourself, present and unique.

— Jeff Buckley

I have no objection to instruments of music in our worship, provided they are neither seen nor heard.

— John Wesley

I like music that’s more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild.

— Iggy Pop

The more I travel around the world, the more I see people want the same thing – to be happy. We wouldn’t be in a monetary system if we didn’t have to work, so if my music can contribute to happiness, then that’s my main responsibility.

— Jason Mraz

There is a music for lonely hearts nearly always. If the music dies down there is a silence. Almost the same as the movement of music. To know silence perfectly is to know music.

— Carl Sandburg, Good Morning, America

I am no more annoyed when I think of the expression, than I should be annoyed by a man’s opinion of a picture of mine, who had no eye for pictures; or of a piece of music of mine, who had no ear for music.

— Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The Gershwin legacy is extraordinary because George Gershwin died in 1937, but his music is as fresh and vital today as when he originally created it.

— Michael Feinstein

The bird music sank into her, like a song you used to know but forgot long ago. You hear a piano play it some day, and for a minute you feel a happy pain, but you don’t know why. Bird felt like that.

— Katherine Catmull, Summer and Bird

Just enjoy the music of life.

— Debasish Mridha

Wonder … music heard in the heart is voiceless.

— Rosemary Dobson

The impact of music is so great that you’ll leave your book and start dancing.

— Michael Bassey Johnson

If I hadn’t had music in my life, it’s quite possible I’d be dead and I’d much rather be alive.

— James Hetfield

All this security and prospects are different for different people. Somebody is happy playing music and with a less pay, somebody is secure in the corporate world with a high pay with headache. We have individual tastes, tastes are not universal.

— Ravindra Shukla, A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life

The power of classical music turns my words into fire.

— A.D. Posey

You can just enjoy music without understanding it, muusic is a universal language.

— Cl 2ne1

All truthful music is familiar to the ear, for its notes were written into our souls long ago.

— Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Listen to the song of silence to understand the unsung music of the heart.

— Debasish Mridha

It was some of Solomon’s favorite music because it was dense and intellectually complicated and he wasn’t expected to dance to it.

— James S.A. Corey, Drive

I dance to the music in my heart.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

In the darkest and strangest of places with the most macabre of company, this music moves her and her life pulses hard… And even for Julie’s safety, I can’t bring myself to smother it.

— Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Still there is a calm pure harmony and music inside of me.

— Vincent van Gogh

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

— Henny Youngman

To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence.

— Quentin Tarantino

People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication.

— Yoko Ono

The incalculable winds of fantasy and music and poetry, the mere face of a girl, the song of a bird, or the sight of a horizon, are always blowing evil’s whole structure away.

— C.S. Lewis

[Referring to rape] It already is bigger than everything else. It lives in front of me, behind me, next to me, inside me every single day. My schedule is dictated by it, my habits by it, my music by it.

— Daisy Whitney, The Mockingbirds

If you can strike the cord of consistency on the guitar of life, the world will dance to your music of greatness

— Osho Samuel Adetunji

Life is a song. Your thoughts are the music. Now play beautiful music and sing a wonderful song.

— Debasish Mridha

80s music sounds so 80s now. But in the 80s, it just sounded like music.

— Jeffrey Tucker

The guitar breathed. It inhaled and exhaled, and music filled the shop as the instrument picked the heartbreak of generations.

— Brenda Sutton Rose

She’s into authentic hearts and mind shattering conversations. Good music and quirky art. Weirdness and eccentric people. Love, kindness and genuine souls. She’s into all this and so much more.

— Melody Lee, Moon Gypsy

Our soul is an instrument of music if we choose to play it with love!

— Sima Mittal

I was a vacant room. Inside, the music produces only a dry, hollow echo.

— Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I love dive bars, old movie theaters, live music and good food. The simplest things in life for me are the most important.

— Tanya Fischer

We need music the most when we’re feeling things really intensely. I think the most intense times in your life are when you’re either falling in love or losing it

— Taylor Swift

If you already have a piece of music ingrained in your body, why would you not play it?

— Keith Jarrett

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life.

— James Joseph Sylvester

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ll always be a student, because I think of music as never ending.

— Lenny Breau

When my mother had four girls, and she could tell her marriage was falling apart, she went back to college and got her degree in music and education.

— Andie MacDowell

Speaking unspoken words, music is a good way to say.

— Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

You shouldn’t be in the music business if you’re posing.

— Rod Stewart

Our job as producers is to make the music sound as good as possible.

— David Guetta

Obviously for some people there is a big connection between music and the way you can create a space.

— Zaha Hadid

I was captured by music at a really early age. I was really captured by it. Everything about it. It was my mother… It was my father… It was my play thing. It was my toy. It was the best thing in my life.

— Jeff Buckley

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.

— Johann Sebastian Bach

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

— Pythagoras

Memories lurk like dustballs in the backs of drawers. The stereo is a special model that plays only music fraught with poignant associations.

— Jay McInerney

I’m not a fan of anybody music who I feel like a sucka. I don’t listen to you. They play you in the club, you can have the #1 jam, but if I know your character, how can I listen to your music?

— Gucci Mane

Chords reel and the mind reels, and for all I know The minds of the Gods reel as well — “For if the Gods have minds They must be attuned to music and to harmony. Harmony is but the pulse of Chaos And to such pulsation Even stones resound.

— Tobeimean Peter

Even the simple act of tuning the radio to a music program can lift our spirits and show the world “I’m not going to give up.

— Shirley Corder, Strength Renewed: Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer

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, Madame Bovary

I don’t need to be any place else, because the music takes me to the only place I want to be right now. To the place where I am and have always been wholly me, the only church I’ve ever belonged to, the only place I’ve ever prayed.

— Daisy Whitney, The Mockingbirds

Those who die with their music still on their tongues unsung are trying to say “God had made a deal with the wrong customer like me

— Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

I could do with a bit more excess. From now on I’m going to be immoderate–and volatile–I shall enjoy loud music and lurid poetry. I shall be rampant.

— Joanne Harris, Chocolat

If we go on in this way, we shall have a new art of poetry, of which one of the first rules will be: To remember to forget that there are any such things as sunshine and music in the world.

— Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey

I dance to music in my heart.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Ibiza is a popular vacation place for a lot of the players in Spain. If you go in the summer, there are some of the world’s most famous movie and music stars, so nobody cares about soccer players.

— Xavi

What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?

— Confucius, The Analects

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

— Isaac Stern

Pure intuitive faith differs as much from fanaticism as fire from smoke, or music from mere noise; those who confuse the two are like the deaf.

— José Rizal

I want to travel around the country and make my living playing music. I also try to behave in a way that I would appreciate as a music fan. That’s how we conduct ourselves, be it in writing music or playing it live.

— Buzz Osborne

The music is a vibration in the brain rather than the ear.

— Amy Clampitt

Why can’t life always be lived under the stars, ‘ she said, ‘with great music and family and friends?

— Jan Karon

And all meet in singing, which braids together the different knowings into a wide and subtle music, the music of living.

— Alison Croggon, The Naming

I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type of music in this type of way. I don’t rap like nobody, I don’t try to sound like nobody.

— Mos Def

I hate the technological rip-offs that pass for music formats these days, and go back to vinyl to hear a good record because the sound is always so much fuller. I don’t even like listening to music in the car.

— John Lydon

I wouldn’t call myself successful, just obsessively exhausted. The music makes me smile, the movies make me feel humbled, and the comedy saves my life every day.

— Vir Das

He liked to read with the silence and the golden color of the whiskey as his companions. He liked food, people, talk, but reading was an inexhaustible pleasure. What the joys of music were to others, words on a page were to him.

— James Salter, All That Is

I’m wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it’s stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.

— Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

I started dating JD Samson from Le Tigre, and suddenly I was listening to more up-tempo music and old dance music, like ESG and Gang of Four, and I thought, ‘Wow. This is fun.’

— Sia

I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.

— Rita Dove

Her music ran through him with electric energy, more joyous than anything he could remember and more painful than silver.

— Thea Harrison, Spellbinder

My dad was always playing music. Not, like, playing music but listening to music.

— Post Malone

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.

— Igor Stravinsky

I am quite a romantic person, really, and I should have put that into my music earlier, but I was probably denying it… I didn’t want to be soft because I felt I had to be so hard to get people to believe in me.

— Billy Idol

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

— Igor Stravinsky

..my music isn’t just music- its medicine.

— Kanye West

I’m quite into listening to music and not doing anything else.

— Jonny Greenwood

I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.

— Robert Moog

Hip hop music is important precisely because it sheds light on contemporary politics, history, and race. At its best, hip hop gives voice to marginal black youth we are not used to hearing from on such topics.

— Michael Eric Dyson

The power of music feels like taking a a nice brake from this busy world

— Millie DeWitt

First love is like hearing your favorite music , regardless of how much you repeat it , every time you will enjoy all the pain.

— mahmoud hamdy

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

— Andrew Schweitzer

The music brought us what it seemed / We had long desired, but in a form / so rarefied there was no emptiness of sensation

— John Ashbery, Some Trees

If a literary man puts together two words about music one of them will be wrong.

— Aaron Copland

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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

— A. J. McLean

I really wanted to make the worst thing: the thing that even people who liked bad, terrible music wouldn’t like – the stuff that people would ignore, always. Something really, really stupid. Something that is destined for failure.

— Ariel Pink

I don’t know, my music has always just come from where the wind blew me. Like where I’m at during a particular moment in time.

— Tom Petty

Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature.

— George Crumb

I get sentimental over the music of the ’90s. Deplorable, really. But I love it all. As far as I’m concerned the ’90s was the best era for music ever, even the stuff that I loathed at the time, even the stuff that gave me stomach cramps.

— Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

We must rebuild organic communities, where people can come together and have analogue conversations and share stories, art, music and emotions.

— Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Without music life is a journey through a desert.

— Pat Conroy

Learning to read music in Braille & play by ear helped me develop a [very] good memory.

— Ray Charles

When you can write music that endures, bravo. Until then, keep quiet and study the work of those who can.

— Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

I don’t know why, it’s the same reason why you like some music and you don’t like others. There’s something about it that you like. Ultimately I don’t find it’s in my best interests to try and analyze it, since it’s fundamentally emotional.

— Jerry Garcia

Amy [Winehouse] changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.

— Lady Gaga

Love is the music of the heart, which you can feel but can’t hear.

— Debasish Mridha

The most ironic thing is my grandfather has his masters in music composition; he was a jazz composer. My dad was a musician, too. He played more, like, soul music.

— Travis Scott

Music is my breath, blood and food – without music I would perish; the actor in me would die.

— Dhanush

Let music ignite your vivid inner colors and bring you harmony inside and out.

— Amy Leigh Mercree, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

I see music as fluid architecture.

— Joni Mitchell

I live in a country where music has very little success, though, exclusive of those who have forsaken us, we have still admirable professors and, more particularly, composers of great solidity, knowledge, and taste.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Classic music is th’ kind that we keep thinkin’ll turn into a tune.

— Frank McKinney

The truth is that there comes a time When we can mourn no more over music That is so much motionless sound

— Wallace Stevens

It’s funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can’t afford the music.

— Tom Petty

I tend to gravitate to the darkest or most obscure part of any venue in an effort to have my own space to experience the music on my own, free from unwanted conversations and other distractions.

— Henry Rollins