Music Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old music quotes, music sayings, and music proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Music is the art of thinking with sounds. Jules Combarieu
When you're happy, you enjoy the music. When you're sad, you understand the lyrics. Unknown Author
Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. Ludwig van Beethoven
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. Baruch Spinoza
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. Joseph Addison
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach
Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first. Josh Billings
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior. Boethius
Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation. John Cage
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 the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Pablo Casals
Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice. Sanuel Johnson
Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy
Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul Richter
Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. Stevie Wonder
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. Albert Einstein
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them. Mozart
Music is the medicine of the mind. John Logan
Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. Maria von Trapp
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music. George Carlin
I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears. Adele
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music. Sergei Rachmaninoff
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul, it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. Martin Luther
Without music, life is a journey through a desert. Pat Conroy