Quotes About Music

There have been many great quotes about music. Here are some by famous people. Please send your favorites.

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. (Albert Einstein)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent (Victor Hugo)

Music - it is the only sensual pleasure without vice (Dr. Samuel Johnson, English author, lexicographer)

Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible (Dr. Samuel Johnson, English author, lexicographer - of a violinist's playing)

Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk (Oscar [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills] Wilde)

Good music resembles something. It resembles the composer (Jean Cocteau, French writer, film director)

The English may not like music — but they absolutely love the noise it makes (Sir Thomas Beecham, British conductor)

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain (John Adams)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science (Albert Einstein)

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music (Aldous Huxley)

I write music with an exclamation point! (Richard Wagner, Composer)

If music be the food of love; play on (William Shakespeare)

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music (Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer, Pianist)

Without music, life would be an error (Friedrich Nietzsche, Scholar, Philosopher)

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, American Composer)

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

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket)

Music is an outburst of the soul. (Frederick Delius)

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

It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music (Honoré de Balzac, French writer)