Music Quotes

"Where words fail, music speaks."

― Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

"I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results."

― Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."

― Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

"Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman."

― Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

"When I open my eyes I must sigh, for what I see is contrary to my religion, and I must despise the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

― Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."

― Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties."

― Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

"Every composer has moments, when inspiration falls and only the brain's work begins... The point is that there be mostly inspiration and the least amount of work."

― Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

"Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light."

― Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

"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... I get most joy in life out of music."

― Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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

― Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

"Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music."

― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

"Without music life would be a mistake."

― Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better method than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastics for the body and music for the mind."

― Plato (about 437-347 BC)

"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 (about 437-347 BC)

"Without music life would be a mistake."

― Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music."

― Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."

―Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

"Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind."

― Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

"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 (1564-1616)

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful."

― Socrates (469-399 BC)

"My music is best understood by children and animals."

― Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

"Music is the shorthand of emotion."

― Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910)