music Quotes

90 of the best book quotes about music
  1. #1
    “What came first - the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person? ”
  2. #2
    “She used to play - oh, she’d loved to play, loved music, the way music could break and heal and make everything seem possible and heroic.”
  3. #3
    “No matter how bright your star became, I never cared about the music half as much as I cared about you as a daughter... I want you to know that.”
  4. #4
    “It seems to me that if you place music (and books, probably, and films, and plays, and anything that makes you feel) at the center of your being, then you can’t afford to sort out your love life, start to think of it as the finished product.”
  5. #5
    “He had come here with the intention of embarrassing a snide assassin, and had instead found a young woman pouring her secrets into a pianoforte.”
  6. #6
    “It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano. She was then no longer either deferential or patronizing; no longer either a rebel or a slave. The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world; it will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture have alike rejected. The commonplace person begins to play, and shoots into the empyrean without effort, whilst we look up, marvelling how he has escaped us, and thinking how we could worship him and love him, would he but translate his visions into human words, and his experiences into human actions. Perhaps he cannot; certainly he does not, or does so very seldom. Lucy had done so never.”
  7. #7
    “Edna was what she herself called very fond of music. Musical strains, well rendered, had a way of evoking pictures in her mind. She sometimes liked to sit in the room of mornings when Madame Ratignolle played or practiced. One piece which that lady played Edna had entitled “Solitude.” It was a short, plaintive, minor strain.”
  8. #8
    “There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.”
  9. #9
    “Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at. Perhaps that is why we are so subtly influenced by it. There are vague memories in our souls of those misty centuries when the world was in its childhood.′
    That’s a rather broad idea,′ I remarked.
    One’s ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature,′ he answered.”
  10. #10
    “If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with the rites of propriety? If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with music?”
  11. #11
    “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken and so die.”
  1. #12
    “While pounding on the piano keys may produce noise, removing them doesn’t exactly further the creation of music.””
  2. #13
    “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
  3. #14
    “I asked Doc about German poets, and he replied that Goethe was the only one in his opinion who could be considered worthy, but he personally found him a terrible bore and that the Germans put all their poetry to music. He declared I should study the English for their poetry and the Germans for their music.”
  4. #15
    “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”
    Jane Austen
  5. #16
    “I don’t know if a little music aint about the nicest thing a fellow can have.”
  6. #17
    “Your music was beautiful, man, the most beautiful I have ever heard, and such singing we will never hear again.”
  7. #18
    “To love music is everything. First I will teach you to love music, after this slowly we shall learn to play.”
  8. #19
    “Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.”
  9. #20
    “It is said that the Devil has all the best tunes.
    This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreographers.”
  10. #21
    “The truth was, I could no sooner quit cello cold turkey than I could stop breathing.”
  11. #22
    “‘All relationships are tough. Just like with music, sometimes you have harmony and other times you have cacophony.’”

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  1. #23
    “She has acquired a taste for classical music over the years - ‘it’s like learning to appreciate a stinky cheese.’”
  2. #24
    “‘I like music,’ she said slowly, ‘because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play, I’m not . . . for once, I’m not destroying. I’m creating.’”
  3. #25
    “It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.”
  4. #26
    “Performing isn’t easy—in fact, it’s heartbreaking. You spend months, maybe years, mastering a piece; you become a part of it, and it becomes a part of you. Playing for an audience is like giving blood; it leaves you feeling empty and a bit light-headed.”
  5. #27
    “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
  6. #28
    “Surrounded by the music, I felt like someone else, riding into unknown territory, some adventurous woman in a movie.”
  7. #29
    “When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder. Everything moved me. A dog followed a stranger. That made me feel so much. A calendar that showed the wrong month. I cried over it…I spent my life learning to feel less.”
  8. #30
    “No one can sing who has smog in his throat.”
    Dr. Seuss
    The Lorax
  9. #31
    “The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
  10. #32
    “With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet
    Cheerily blowing “Who! Who!” on his trumpet.”
  11. #33
    “Where words fail, music speaks.”
  1. #34
    “Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer.”
  2. #35
    “When she played her music even the night demons stopped their work & it took them some time to remember what it was they were doing & the best of them had no stomach for it for a long time after that.”
  3. #36
    “Don’t you hear it? She asked & I shook my head no & then she started to dance & suddenly there was music everywhere & it went on for a very long time & when I finally found words all I could say was thank you. ”
  4. #37
    “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. Mark the music.”
  5. #38
    “The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.”
  6. #39
    “Every great musician, every great artist received a visit from the Angel at least once in his life.”
  7. #40
    “No one ever sees the Angel; but he is heard by those who are meant to hear him.”
  8. #41
    “Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?
    Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.”
  9. #42
    “Most of all loved, when she went to sleep, to hear the Angel of Music.”
  10. #43
    “Sometimes the Angel leans over their cradle, as happened to Lotte, and that is how there are little prodigies who play the fiddle at six better than men at fifty, which, you must admit, is very wonderful.”
  11. #44
    “Sometimes, the Angel comes much later, because the children are naughty and won’t learn their lessons or practise their scales. And sometimes, he does not come at all, because the children have a bad heart or a bad conscience.”

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  1. #45
    “People who do not know that the Angel has visited those persons say that they have genius.”
  2. #46
    “And they can not touch an instrument, or open their mouths to sing, without producing sounds that put all other human sounds to shame.”
  3. #47
    “And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.”
  4. #48
    “...and for a great deal it seemed good to him, for in the music there were no flaws.”
  5. #49
    “I didn’t do it for the money. I did it because the music is better if someone is listening to it.”
  6. #50
    It was pitch dark. I could hear only the violin, and it was as though Juliek’s soul were the bow. He was playing his life. The whole of his life was gliding on the strings--his last hopes, his charred past, his extinguished future. He played as he would never play again.
    Elie Wiesel
  7. #51
    ″‘I finished your song,’ she said. ‘Our last song.‘”
  8. #52
    “Dancing is sometimes more important than listening to the music.”
  9. #53
    “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
  10. #54
    “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
  11. #55
    “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
  1. #56
    “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”
    Lois Lowry
    The Giver
  2. #57
    “If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.”
  3. #58
    “Sometimes she wished her father had started her on the electric guitar. Or at the very least, singing lessons. What was she supposed to do with an ability to play the piano?”
  4. #59
    “June played with her eyes closed, as if May’s spirit getting into heaven depended solely on her. You have never heard such music, how it made us believe death was nothing but a doorway.”
  5. #60
    “I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.”
  6. #61
    “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor - such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps - what more can the heart of a man desire?”
  7. #62
    “It is fun to sing if you sing with a Ying. My Ying can sing like anything.”
  8. #63
    “I sing high and my Ying sings low, and we are not too bad, you know.”
  9. #64
    “He loves no plays, . . . he hears no music;
    Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
    As if he mock’d himself and scorn’d his spirit
    That could be moved to smile at any thing.”
  10. #65
    “Then their ears suddenly perceive celestial harmonies, a divine voice, which they remember all their lives.”
  11. #66
    “Persons who are visited by the Angel quiver with a thrill unknown to the rest of mankind.”
  1. #67
    “She wore so many brooches and necklaces and earrings that she jingled and jangled just like a brass band.”
  2. #68
    “Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”
  3. #69
    “I am no king, and I am no lord,
    And I am no soldier at-arms,” said he.
    “I’m none but a harper, and a very poor harper,
    That am come hither to wed with ye.”
    “If you were a lord, you should be my lord,
    And the same if you were a thief,” said she.
    “And if you are a harper, you shall be my harper,
    For it makes no matter to me, to me,
    For it makes no matter to me.”
    “But what if it prove that I am no harper?
    That I lied for your love most monstrously?”
    “Why, then I’ll teach you to play and sing,
    For I dearly love a good harp,” said she.”
  4. #70
    “Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”
  5. #71
    “He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music.”
  6. #72
    “That day, I learned that I could be a giver by simply bringing a smile to another person. The ensuing years have taught me that a kind word, a vote of support is a charitable gift. I can move over and make another place for someone. I can turn my music up if it pleases, or down if it is annoying. I may never be known as a philanthropist, but I certainly am a lover of mankind, and I will give freely of my resources.”
  7. #73
    “Lara was not religious. She did not believe in rites. But sometimes, in order to endure life, she needed it to be accompanied by some inner music.”
  8. #74
    “The point is precisely this, that for centuries man has been raised above the animals and borne aloft not by the rod, but by music: the irresistibility of the unarmed truth, the attraction of its example.”
  9. #75
    “Well, I was thinking, we don’t really have any photographs of us. And I thought this song could be like a photo that captures us in this moment in our life together.”
  10. #76
    “She was finally counting clave.
    Lito was wrong. She didn’t have to be in Havana to hear it. To feel it. She had brought Cuba with her to Miami.”
  11. #77
    “She had never been able to count clave, but she had always assumed it would come to her eventually. That the rhythm of her homeland would one day whisper its secrets to her soul. But would she ever hear it now? Like trading her trumpet, had she swapped the one thing that was really hers—her music—for the chance to keep her family together?”
  1. #78
    “They have charts that show which chords are the most thumbs-up. Music is marketing. They have lists of key changes that get thirteen-year-old girls screaming. There’s no difference between a song and an advertising jingle anymore. Songs are their own jingles.”
  2. #79
    “I think, for me, listening to music is a very solitary thing.”
  3. #80
    “He kisses like Elliott Smith sings.”
  4. #81
    “Music does not have a race or a disposition! Every instrument has a voice that contributes. Music is a universal language. A universal religion of sorts. Certainly it’s my religion. Music surpasses all distinctions between people”
  5. #82
    ″‘As much as your playing filled my heart, it pains me to say you must leave the piano be. It’s never to be touched.’ Her eyes filled with regret. ‘It’s a shame, beautiful instrument like that, just begging to be played. And to think of all the music that used to come from it.‘”
  6. #83
    “The word itself is music.”
  7. #84
    “I was a loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.”
  8. #85
    “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.”
  9. #86
    “What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?”
  10. #87
    ″... the music of the pearl was shrilling with triumph in Kino.”
  11. #88
    “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.”
  12. #89
    “We breathe the light, we breathe the music, we breathe the moment as it passes through us.”
  13. #90
    “Hell’s Bells ringing, my secret music...”
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