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Inspirational Quotes About the Magic of Music

Updated on October 4, 2017

Without music life would be a mistake. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. Benny Green

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. Leopold Stokowski

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

Ah music. A magic beyond all we do here. J. K. Rowling

Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them. Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you don't like Louis Armstrong, you don't know how to love. Mahalia Jackson

All music comes from God. Johnny Cash

And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares that infest the day shall fold their tents like the Arabs and as silently steal away. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is. Miles Davis

He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once. Robert Browning

He who sings scares away his woes. Cervantes

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 Bernard Shaw

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel

There is no bad day that can’t be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple. Aldous Huxley

There is no feeling except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music. George Eliot

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

There's music in the sighing of a reed; there's music in the gushing of a rill; there's music in all things, if men had ears. Their earth is but an echo of the spheres. Lord Byron

Truly to sing, that is a different breath. Rainer Maria Rilke

We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. Jerry Garcia

I love you more than music. RKB

What we play is life. Louis Armstrong

Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the beautiful is dead. Benjamin Disraeli

Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It's bigger than a word. It's a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It's something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live. Ray Brown

I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. Jimi Hendrix

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. Gustav Mahler

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. Sydney Smith

If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare

Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. Arnold Bennett

Music can change the world. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it. Henry David Thoreau

Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. Ludwig van Beethoven

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. Plato

Information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best. Frank Zappa

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. Henry Ward Beecher

Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. John Denver

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. Robert G. Ingersoll

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

Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel. Buffy Sainte-Marie

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast; to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. William Congreve

Music is a discipline and a mistress of order and good manners; she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. Martin Luther

Music is always a commentary on society. Frank Zappa

May you stay forever young: Bob Dylan
May you stay forever young: Bob Dylan

Music is the poetry of the air. Richter

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Music is the universal language of mankind. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle

Music is what feelings sound like. Unknown

Music is what life sounds like. Eric Olson

Music is an outburst of the soul. Frederick Delius

Music is enough for a lifetime but a lifetime is not enough for music. Sergei Rachmaninov

Music is love in search of a word. Sidney Lanier

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul Richter

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art. Jimi Hendrix

You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream. Frank Zappa

Music is one of the best ways to enjoy the present. It's not much fun to look forward to hearing music or to remember what a song sounded like last week, but music right now absorbs you and places you in the present moment. Sonnett Branche

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. Kahlil Gibran

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. Alphonse de Lamartine

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. Leigh Hunt

Music is nothing separate from me. It is me. You'd have to remove the music surgically. Ray Charles

Without music, life is a journey through a desert. Pat Conroy

You are the music while the music lasts. T.S. Eliot

What he does is real and true and honest and simple and even noble. Every time this man puts his trumpet to his lips, even if only to practise three notes, he does it with his whole soul. Leonard Bernstein - on Louis Armstrong

When I go to the Gate, I'll play a duet with Gabriel. Yeah, we'll play 'Sleepy Time Down South' and 'Hello, Dolly.' Then he can blow a couple that he's been playing up there all the time. Louis Armstrong

When words leave off, music begins. Heinrich Heine

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass? Michael Torke

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. Frank Zappa

Play the music, not the instrument. Unknown

Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven. Lawrence Duncan

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The pause is as important as the note. Truman Fisher

There are those who listen, and those who wait to talk. This album is dedicated for the listeners. Paul Williams

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it. Mahalia Jackson

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

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

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

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. Frank Zappa

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music's the medicine of the mind. John A. Logan

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. Edward Elgar

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      Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi, and thanks for your comments. I like the way you put it - I don't think there are many that will stand the test of time. Thanks again. Russ

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      rcorcutt 4 years ago

      Great article. It is really sad how many people in this world do not understand what truly great music is. There are not too many artists out there today that I can picture myself listening to 30 or 40 years from now but when you go back a few decades you will find some and when you go even farther you will find a bunch.

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      Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Sarah, thank you, I'll check that out. Russ

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      Sarah Roberts 4 years ago

      What a great site!! Thank you for sharing this great list. If you love music, follow @Orphaea and go to Orphaea.com. It is a collection of phenomenal epic songs...truly is the wine that fills the empty cup!!!

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      Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks sfrentz, please do share them. I appreciate your support and comments. Russ

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      sfrentz06 4 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

      Wonderful quotes Russ, thanks for posting these. I will have to share some of these with the members of my chorus.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Grace, the comments are also inspiring. It's good to know that so many people make that real connection with music. Russ

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      Grace 5 years ago

      These quotes are almost as inspiring as music itself... Almost.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game

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      Joe McCann 5 years ago

      There's nothing you can say that can't be sung...:)

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you Happy Teacher, great to have comments from someone who also loves music. Russ

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      happyTeacher 5 years ago

      Thanks! I am a music teacher and put up music quotes every week! my students will appreciate and be inspired by these!

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Subbu, I agree, a great addiction! Russ

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      Subbu 5 years ago

      My Parents Should Be Proud Of Me Because I'm Addicted To MUSIC Not To DRUGS!!!

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Je-Dy, not sure what you mean by that ? Please let me know. Russ

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      Je~Dy 6 years ago

      MUSIC....

      I ? it so much...

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Verb, yes, that's the connection. It touches us, affects our emotions, and moves us. Thanks for your comments. Russ

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      Verb 6 years ago

      Music moves me

      Verbalist

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi R1ch, thanks, and yes, the 'Bounce With Baleson' is the cover of my late father's first album, he was a jazz pianist. And RKB are my initials. Regards, Russ

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      R1ch 6 years ago

      hey Russ - very inspirational and thoughtful... I am loving the Plato and RKB quotes and the Bounce with Baleson poster is cool - are you related?

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Meloday, thank you. You have a very appropriate name. You are quite right, music is something deep within me. Regards, Russ

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      Melody 6 years ago

      People make music that is meant to be heard with with the ears, but instead it reaches to the very depths of your soul and shapes the person you are.

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi, thanks, I asppreciate your comments. WHat a great idea to write about Rachmaninov. I look forward to reading it. Russ

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      SJ 6 years ago

      Just love it. Especially fond of the Rachmaninov quote, best I can tell the man can do no wrong. I think I want to write about him! Great hub!

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Ladore, thank you! I'm so pleased it's inspired you as much as it has me. Russ

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      Iadore 6 years ago from Australia

      I absolutely love this :D, I'm bookmarking it. Its so true music is like air, it has this transforming effect on the atmosphere. I just love it.

      Great quotes.

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      Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Blessie, thank you so much! Russ

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      Blessie 7 years ago

      UR QUOTES R JUST AWESOME! I LOVE 'EM!

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      Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks, yes, I love the jazz quotes too.

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      nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Thank you for this hub, I enjoyed it to read these quotes, especially those on jazz.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi and thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bostonian Banter 8 years ago

      Great Hub, thanks. I was going to do this one and found yours. Congrats, it looks great.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Tony. I really miss sharing music with you.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Russ for these - I was actually looking for quotes about music for a Hub that I'm planning, so this has come in very handy! And it's innovative and interesting also!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Elisabeth, thanks for reading the hub and yes, adding to the impact of music on us in a much more spiritual way than most realise.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks metaphysician, quotes do indeed feed the soul.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Music opens the window to your soul

      (not sure where I heard that)

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      metaphysician 8 years ago

      What a fantastic list of musci quotes!

      Music is the healing sound but yet if not use correctly, it does the bad thing!

      Thanks for that, quotes feed the soul fast.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Erin, thank you for inspiring me. (:

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      erin boote 8 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

      Russ, what an absolutely ingenious and creative idea for this hub, coming from someone who has a huge love for both music and quotations..this is fantastic and so are you! tHE only problem is that I am a libra and terrible indecisive so i'm having a difficult time deciding which quote is my favorite.. ahh....can't think of a better problem to have on a Sunday morning. Thank you so much for writing this. I LOVE IT!

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks all, yes, music just is.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      What a fantastic collection of quotes, and what great photos you chose. All faves. Thanks for sharing, Russ.

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      I crave music. It is so universal. Wonderful hub. :)

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Wow, so many great quotes. Music IS isn't it. I'd not want to be here without it.