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A collection of best, inspirational, wise, and humorous music quotes and sayings by famous people and great musicians.

Top Music Quotes That Will Bring Smile On Your Face

Technically, Music is a form of art, but generally speaking music is anything that encourages you to tap your feet and lifts your spirit. Music breaks the barrier of countries and cultures and unites people in whichever form it is played. Over the course of human civilization, great people and musicians have shared their thoughts, opinions, viewpoints, perspectives, ways and the pragmatic affect that music has had in their lives, and also the way it impacts others’ lives. These quotes and sayings on music basically revolve around how one can derive solace in music - be it in times of heartbreak or when life gives you lemons or maybe whenever you are running high on emotions. Besides being your anchor in the hour of tide, music also succours in expressing your happiness, high spirits, festivity and glee. Read through these thoughts and quotes on music expressed by musicians and non-musicians and how music has made their lives worth living.

Without music, life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Bob Marley

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent

Victor Hugo

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

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

Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.

Langston Hughes

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC

Kurt Vonnegut

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

Aldous Huxley

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo

If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.

Nicholas Sparks

The earth has music for those who listen.

George Santayana

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 every week.

Charles Darwin

Education is my next big thing. When music and art were taken out of the schools, I went berserk!

Bette Midler

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer

The only truth is music.

Jack Kerouac

Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy

Ludwig van Beethoven

If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.

Anna Akhmatova

Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!

Bram Stoker

If all the skies were sunshine Our faces would be fain To feel once more upon them The cooling splash of rain. If all the world were music, Our hearts would often long For one sweet strain of silence, To break the endless song If life were always merry, Our souls would seek relief, And rest from weary laughter In the quiet arms of grief.

Henry Van Dyke

Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.

Bette Midler

Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.

Hermann Hesse

I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music, but who would have me?

Bette Midler

If anything, a lot of electronic music is music that no one listens to at home, hardly. It's really only to be heard when everyone's out enjoying it.

David Byrne

You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.

David Byrne

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

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

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.

Johnny Depp

Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.

Jerry Seinfeld

I found music to be the therapy of choice. I guess it is for a lot of people.

David Byrne

With music, you often don't have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don't know why.

David Byrne

I've made money, and I've been ripped off. I've had creative freedom, and I've been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will.

David Byrne

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

Aaron Copland

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 he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

These are the things I prize And hold of dearest worth: Light of the sapphire skies, Peace of the silent hills, Shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass, Music of birds, murmur of little rills, Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass, And, after showers, The smell of flowers And of the good brown earth,- And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.

Henry Van Dyke

I've noticed a lot of younger artists have less fear of doing different sorts of things, whether it's various types of music, or gallery artists moving between video and sculpture and drawing.

David Byrne

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein

Next to music, beer was best.

Carson McCullers

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

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

Some artists and indie musicians see Spotify fairly positively - as a way of getting noticed, of getting your music out there where folks can hear it risk-free.

David Byrne

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We don't make music - it makes us.

David Byrne

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.

Samuel Butler

With pop music, the format dictates the form to a big degree. Just think of the pop single. It has endured as a form even in the download age because bands conform to a strict format, and work, often very productively, within the parameters.

David Byrne

I don't look at our society today too much. My focus is still in the past, and part of the reason is because what I do - the wellspring of art, or what I do - l get from the blues. So I listen to the music of a particular period that I'm working on, and I think inside the music is clues to what is happening with the people.

August Wilson

Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once.

Robert Browning

I'm not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments, but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down.

David Byrne

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

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

John Keats

Music was an experience, intimately married to your life. You could pay to hear music, but after you did, it was over, gone - a memory.

David Byrne

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

John Lennon

The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part.

David Byrne

People are already finding ways to make their music and play it in front of people and have a life in music, I guess, and I think that's pretty much all you can ask.

David Byrne

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

Life and love go on, let the music play.

Johnny Cash

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.

Roald Dahl

The Master of Lifes been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He Has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play.

Johnny Cash

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

So there's no guarantee if you like the music you will empathize with the culture and the people who made it. It doesn't necessarily happen. I think it can, but it doesn't necessarily happen. Which is kind of a shame.

David Byrne

Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.

Aaron Copland

Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?

David Byrne

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein

There's more good music being made now than ever before.

David Byrne

The greatest moments of the human spirit may be deduced from the greatest moments in music.

Aaron Copland

It seems almost backwards to me that my music seems the more emotional outlet, and the art stuff seems more about ideas.

David Byrne

Music is the strongest form of magic.

Marilyn Manson

I think it is time we learned the lesson of our century: that the progress of the human spirit must keep pace with technological and scientific progress, or that spirit will die. It is incumbent on our educators to remember this; and music is at the top of the spiritual must list. When the study of the arts leads to the adoration of the formula (heaven forbid), we shall be lost. But as long as we insist on maintaining artistic vitality, we are able to hope in man

Leonard Bernstein

There's something about music that encourages people to want to know more about the person that made it, and where it was recorded, what year it was done, what they were listening to, and all this kind of stuff. There's something that invites all this obsessive behavior.

David Byrne

Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple.

Aaron Copland

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

Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.


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

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


Forces that you might think are utterly unrelated to creativity can have a big impact. Technology, obviously, but environment, too. Even financial structures can affect the actual content of a song. The making of music is profoundly affected by the market.

David Byrne

You are the music while the music lasts.

T S Eliot

If you want to know about the Sixties, play the music of The Beatles.

Aaron Copland

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Steve Martin

Before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context.

David Byrne

I encourage people not to be passive consumers of music and of culture in general. And feeling like, yeah, you can enjoy the products of professionals, but that doesn't mean you don't have to completely give up the reins and give up every connection to music or whatever it happens to be.

David Byrne

Music is an outburst of the soul.

Frederick Delius

Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.

Nick Hornby

Composers tend to assume that everyone loves music. Surprisingly enough, everyone doesn’t.

Aaron Copland

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

Lady Gaga

Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein

It didn't even occur to me that I'm the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.

David Byrne

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

W. H. Auden

Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it

John Lennon

He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.

James Joyce

I can't live one day without hearing music, playing it , studying it , or thinking about it .

Leonard Bernstein

Without music, life would be a blank to me.

Jane Austen

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

W. H. Auden

Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.

Hunter S. Thompson

Through my music teaching and my not absolutely irregular attendance at church, I became acquainted with the best class of colored people in Jacksonville.

James Weldon Johnson

Mozart in his music was probably the most reasonable of the world's great composers. It is the happy balance between flight and control, between sensibility and self-discipline, simplicity and sophistication of style that is his particular province... Mozart tapped once again the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breath-taking rightness that has never since been duplicated.

Aaron Copland

Music is a safe kind of high.

Jimi Hendrix

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

We tend to mistake music for the physical object.

David Byrne

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

Martin Luther

In memory, everything seems to happen to music.

Tennessee Williams

Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.

Pat Conroy