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 expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. Robert Green Ingersoll
People haven't always been there for me, but music always has. Taylor Swift
There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it. Mickey Hart
Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. Leigh Hunt
Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. John Lennon
Music is not a science any more than poetry is. It is a sublime instinct, like genius of all kinds. Quida
Where words leave off, music begins. Heinrich Heine
The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic. Gottfried Leibniz
The whole thing of being in music is not to control it but to be swept away by it. Bobby Hutcherson
Music should be your escape. Missy Elliot
Music is the space between the notes. Claude Debussy
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. Robert Fripp
The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence. Arthur Schopenhauer
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. George Gershwin
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 fragrance of the universe. Giuseppe Mazzini
If you look deep enough you will see music. The heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas Carlyle
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance space is sculpted into something. Frank Zappa
Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one. Duke Ellington
Listening to music engages the previously acquired personal knowledge of the listener. Marvin Minsky
Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral and religious feelings. Joseph Addison
Those who love music are gentle and honest in their tempers. I always loved music, and would not, for a great matter, be without the little skill which I possess in the art. Martin Luther
Any good music must be an innovation. Les Baxter
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. Frank Zappa
Music is the melody whose text is the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
Music is not merely a study, it is an entertainment. Wherever there is music there is a throng of listeners. Bryant
There's a lot of different forms of communication, but music is absolutely the purest one, man. There's nothing that could ever be bad about playing music. Duane Allman
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song. Louis Armstrong
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. Jean Cocteau
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. Ludwig van Beethoven