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21 Music Quotations

''If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it.''
- Pierre Beaumarchais

''A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.''
- Sir Thomas Beecham

''Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.''
- G. K. Chesterton

''Music hat charms to soothe a savage breast
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.''

- William Congreve

''The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'''
- Aaron Copland

''I hate music, especially when it's played.''
- Jimmy Durante

''I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.''
- George Eliot

''Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.''
- Robert Fripp

''Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.''
- Oliver Wendell Jr. Holmes

''Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.''
- Homer The Odyssey

''Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.''
- Kin Hubbard

''After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.''
- Aldous Huxley

''Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.''
- Samuel Johnson

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

''Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.''
- Groucho Marx

''Only sick music makes money today.''
- Friedrich Nietzsche

''I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.''
- Elvis Presley

''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 one
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour!''

- William Shakespeare "Twelfth Night", Act 1 scene 1

''My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.''
- Edith Sitwell

''Wagner's music is better than it sounds.''
- Mark Twain

''Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.''
- Oscar Wilde

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