An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Music is spiritual. The music business is not.


Van Morrison (1945-, British-born American singer, songwriter, musician)


Like everything else in nature, music is a becoming, and it becomes its full self, when its sounds and laws are used by intelligent man for the production of harmony, and so made the vehicle of emotion and thought.


Theodore Mungers


Rock 'n Roll is an asylum for emotional idiots.


Richard Neville


A good composer is slowly discovered a bad composer is slowly found out.


Ernest Newman


Only sick music makes money today.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Without music, life would be a mistake.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Without music, life would be an error. The German imagines even God singing songs


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


I often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


Wagner's music is better than it sounds.


Bill Nye


All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!


Yoko Ono (1913, Japanese-born American musician and artist, wife of John Lennon)


Rock 'n' Roll is monotony tinged with hysteria.


Vance Packard (1914-1996, American journalist, writer)


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 (1920-1955, American jazz musician)


All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.


Walter Pater (1839-1894, British essayist, critic)


You don't need any brains to listen to music.


Luciano Pavarotti (1935-, Italian musician, opera singer)


Music and woman I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is.


Samuel Pepys (1633-1703, British diarist)


For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


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, American poet, critic)


The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


There once was a brainy baboon who always breathed down a bassoon for he said, "It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune."


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.


Elvis Presley (1935-1977, American singer, actor)


When the music changes, so does the dance.


Nigerian Proverb (Sayings of Nigerian origin)


I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.


Bonnie Raitt (1949-, American singer, guitarist, musician, songwriter)


If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong.


Simon Rattle (1955-, British conductor)


Music should never be harmless.


Robbie Robertson


Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.


Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868, Italian composer)


Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Music is essentially useless, as life is.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes -- ah, that is where the art resides.


Artur Schnabel (1882-1951, German-born American pianist)


If we were all determined to play the first violin, we should never have an ensemble; therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.


Robert Schumann (1810-1856, German composer)


People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.


Robert Schumann (1810-1856, German composer)


Music is the key to the female heart.


Johann G. Seume (1763-1810, German theologist)


If music be the food of love; play on.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Music is the brandy of the damned.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.


John Philip Sousa


Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


I like Beethoven, especially the poems.


Ringo Starr (1940-, Member of The Beatles)


I like Beethoven, especially the poems.


Ringo Starr (1940-, Member of The Beatles)


The new sound-sphere is global. It ripples at great speed across languages, ideologies, frontiers and races. The economics of this musical Esperanto is staggering. Rock and pop breed concentric worlds of fashion, setting and lifestyle. Popular music has brought with it sociologies of private and public manner, of group solidarity. The politics of Eden come loud.


George Steiner (1929-, French-born American critic, novelist)


They said, "You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, "Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar."


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955, American poet)


A good composer does not imitate; he steals.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, Russian composer)


The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, Russian composer)


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, Russian composer)


Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.


George Szell


The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.


Jeffrey Tate (1943-, British conductor)


I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play every day, and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it.


James Taylor


Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.


Lewis Thomas (1913-1993, American physician, educator)


The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Music is the shorthand of emotion.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


It is easier to understand a nation by listening to its music than by learning its language.


Author Unknown


Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.


Paul Whiteman


Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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 Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.


Colin Wilson (1931-, British novelist and writer on philosophy, sociology, and the occult)


Music is a readily available, highly effective tool that you use to improve both your cognitive and physical abilities.


Arthur Winter


There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it.


Ron Wood (1947-, British rock musician)


Hearing often-times the still, sad music of humanity, nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power to chasten and subdue.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


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


Frank Zappa (1940-, American rock musician)


The manner in which Americans "consume" music has a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie -- it's consumed that way without any regard for how and why it's made.


Frank Zappa (1940-, American rock musician)


There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.


Frank Zappa (1940-, American rock musician)


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