MusiQuotes

Musings about music, about its structure, its functionality, its place in our lives and in the cosmos…from the mouths and minds of all manner of people, from composers themselves, both classic and modern, from artists in other fields, or from those who are on the receiving end, who simply appreciate it.

Classic Thoughts on Music by Musicians, Poets, Authors

Music is a mysterious mathematical process whose elements are part of Infinity…there is nothing more musical than a sunset. Claude Debussy (French composer 1862-1918)

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” Leopold Stokowski (British conductor 1882-1997)

”La musique, c’est du bruit qui penseMusic is noise that thinks — Victor Hugo (French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802-1885)

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent — ”Les Misérables” – Victor Hugo (French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802-1885)

Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.” – Louis Hector Berlioz (French composer 1803-1869)

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” – Plato (Greek philosopher c. 424 B.C. – c. 347 B.C.)

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything – Plato (Greek philosopher c. 424 B.C. – c. 347 B.C.)

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato (Greek philosopher c. 424 B.C. – c. 347 B.C.)

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther (German monk and professor of theology 1483-1546)

Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen (Danish poet and author 1805-1885)

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul Richter (German Romantic writer 1763-1825)

Music is love in search of a word.” – Sidney Lanier (American musician and poet 1842-1881)

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” – Ludwig van Beethoven (German composer and pianist 1770-1827)

”Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Berthold Auerbach (German novelist, 1812-1882)

A great singer is he who sings our silences.” Khalil Gibran (Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883-1931)

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” ~ Voltaire (French writer, historian and philosopher 1694-1778)

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German composer 1756-1791)

Music is the universal language of mankind. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American poet and educator 1807-1882)

Without music life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche (German philosopher, poet and composer 1844-1900)

It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible. ~Victor de LaPrade (French poet and critic 1812-1883)

Music is an outburst of the soul. –Frederick Delius (English composer 1862-1934)

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music. ~Christian Nestell Bovee (American writer 1820-1904)

Modern Thoughts on Music by Musicians, Poets, Authors (20th-21st Century)

Music should go right through you, leave some of itself inside you, and take some of you with it when it leaves.” ~ Henry Threadgill (American composer, saxophonist and flautist 1944-)

Lyrics are like weapons, they leave a different kind of scar. A tattoo on the mind of the listener – Lukas Rossi (Canadian singer/songwriter and musician 1976-)

Music is a form of psychotherapy. It allows you to expel whatever is inside – Juliette Katz (French singer/songwriter and composer 1988-)

Le talent, c’est avoir l’envie de faire quelque chose (Talent is the desire to accomplish something) — Jacques Brel (Belgian singer/songwriter 1929-1978)

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley (English writer 1894-1963)

Music is what life sounds like.” – Eric Olson (American philosopher)

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 (American singer/songwriter 1968-)

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