Music Quotes – linking music with life, love, and existence

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This post is all about Music Quotes – wise sayings by the people who understood music as something of their own – something that makes their existence complete.

The entire human race can communicate with a single universal language – and that is music. When people dance with a tune without knowing the meaning of the song, then it becomes evident.

So, let’s go through this immortal quotes on music by some of the greatest minds of the human race.

Music Quotes – what is music?


“Music is the universal language of man.” — “Yea, music is the prophet’s art; among the gifts that God hath sent, one of the most magnificent.” — Longfellow


“Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.” — Debussy


“Music resembles poetry; in each are nameless graces which no methods teach.” — Alexander Pope


“What will a child learn sooner than a song?” – Alexander Pope


“Music . . . can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.” — Leonard Bernstein


“Music has the greatest power over man; for while we are in the terrestrial life we are exiled from our heavenly home and often have forgotten it in our material pursuits, but then comes music as a fragrant odor laden with unspeakable memories.” — Max Heindel


“Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul.” — Martin Luther

music quotes  | “Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul.” — Martin Luther

“Besides Theology, Music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart like that induced by the study of the science of Divinity.” — Martin Luther


“Music is the only sensual gratification in which mankind may indulge to excess without injury to moral or religious feelings.” — Joseph Addison


“Music, of all the liberal arts has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.” — Napoleon


“Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.” — Lewis Thomas

Quotes on music


“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” — Shelley

music quotes | “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” — Shelley


“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” — Louis Armstrong

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.”  — Louis Armstrong


“Musical harmony is a most powerful conceiver. It allures the celestial influences and changes affections, intentions, gestures, notions, actions and dispositions.” — Agrippa


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything.” — Plato

quotes on music | “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything.” — Plato


“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul and take the strongest hold upon it.” — Plato


“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


“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I’ve felt it.” — Igor Stravinsky


“I adore art . . . when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.” — Verdi



“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that . . . I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” — John Lennon


“Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain straight liar . . . You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.” — Charlie Parker

Quotes about Music


“All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.” — John Coltrane


“I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being — a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.” — Yehudi Menuhin


“The notes I handle no better than many pianist. But the pauses between the notes, ah, that is where the art resides!” – Paul Valéry


“The reality of music is in that vibration that remains in the ear after the singer finishes his song and the player no longer plucks the strings.” — Kahlil Gibran


“Open my ears to music; let me thrill with Spring’s first flutes and drums — But never let me dare forget the bitter ballads of the slums.” — Louis Untermeyer


“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use.” — Darwin


“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


“One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent; music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.” — Spinoza

Music related Quotes | Best music quotes

“Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.” — Sir Thomas Beecham
“I don’t know anything about music — in my line, you don’t have to.” — Elvis Presley
“I don’t know anything about music — in my line, you don’t have to.” — Elvis Presley | Quotes about music
“It is not necessary to understand music; it is only necessary that one enjoy it.” — Leopold Stokowski



“The rotation of the universe and motion of the planets could neither be nor continue without music.” — Plutarch


“There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.” — Sir Thomas Browne


“There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacings of the spheres. Study the monochord, the music of the spheres.” — Pythagoras


“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.” — Aaron Copland


“There is no truer truth obtainable by man than comes of music.” — Robert Browning


“All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments.” — Walt Whitman

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” — William James
“Music is a safe kind of high.” — “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.” — Jimi Hendrix
“Beethoven can write music, thank God — but he can do nothing else on earth.” — Beethoven
 “Beethoven can write music, thank God — but he can do nothing else on earth.” — Beethoven | Music quotes on life and music
“When a man has the spirit of a composer, he writes because he can’t help it.” — Mozart
“When a man has the spirit of a composer, he writes because he can’t help it.” — Mozart

Music Language Quotes – music as a universal language

“Music is the universal language.” — Richard Wagner

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” — Carlyle

“Music is the language of God.” — Old proverb

“Music is a part of us, and either ennobles us or degrades our behavior.” — Boethius

“Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.” — Thomas Fuller

“Music is Love in search of a word.” — Sidney Lanier

“Music is the fourth great material want of our nature, — first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.” — Christian Bovee

“Music is a friend of labor; it lightens the task by refreshing nerves and spirit.” — William Green

“Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world.” — Giuseppe Mazzini

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” — J. S. Bach

“Music causes us to think eloquently.” — Emerson

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Berthold Auerbach

“Music itself is the purest expression of emotion.” — Joshua Logan

“Music does not exist until it is performed.” — Benjamin Britten

“Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while it lasts.” — T. S. Eliot

“Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.” — Thoreau

“Music and art must have their prominent seats of honor, and not merely a tolerant nod of recognition.” — Rabindranath Tagore

“As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes.” — John Dryden