“Without music, life would be a blank to me”
— Jane Austen
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The truest expression of a people is in its dance and musicAgnes de Mile
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressureAlbert Einstein
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is musicAldous Huxley
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday lifeBerthold Auerbach
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no painBob Marley
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do withoutConfucius
You can do anything to music – it doesn’t mindDave Swarbrick
After a tune is played, the notes just float away – there’s no need to tidy upDavid Phillpot
Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universeDouglas Adams
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never diesEdward Bulwer-Lytton
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paidFrank Zappa
Without music, life would be a mistakeFriedrich Nietzsche
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in musicGeorge Eliot
Where words fail, music speaksHans Christian Andersen
The only truth is musicJack Kerouac
Without music, life would be a blank to meJane Austen
When the music’s over, turn out the lightsJim Morrison
‘Ah, music,’ he said, wiping his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!’JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
I mean, the genuine roots of culture is folk musicJohn Lydon
When people tell me, ‘God has blessed you with the gift of music’, you’re damn right I get offended. I did not practise hours a day for eighteen years to have my success attributed to a mythJosh Groban
Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bonesKeith Richards
Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?Leonardo DaVinci
All music is folk music: I ain’t never heard no horse sing a songLouis Armstrong
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and inventsLudwig van Beethoven
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the bluesMark Knopfler
Tunes help you breathe more easilyMars Ltd
I’m not interested in heritage - this stuff is aliveMartin Carthy
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dancesMaya Angelou
Folk music has pretty powerful medicine for changing your heartPaul Stookey
Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs,
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress
Its music
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everythingPlato
No shindig is half complete without that famous polka beat
That’s why they invite me, I suppose
Waltzes, strathspeys, eightsome reels, now you know how good it feels
Crank that handle babe, away she goes
Richard Thompson (Don’t sit on my Jimmy Shands)
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silenceRobert Fripp
The accordionist played a long drawn-out chord, the legal signal that a Morris Dance is about to begin, and people who hang around after this have only got themselves to blame. Terry Pratchett (Wintersmith)
Hark the Herald Tribune sings,
Advertising wondrous things
Tom Lehrer
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silentVictor Hugo
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
William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice)
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 (Twelfth night)
It’s a folk singer’s job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable peopleWoody Guthrie