50 Great Music Quotes

 I’m always looking for profound and meaningful words of wisdom to inspire my students.  Below are 50 really good quotes about music that I’ve borrowed from others:

“I love the relationship that anyone has with music … because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. … It’s the best part of us probably …”  – Nick Hornby

 “Music expresses that which can not be put into words and that which can not remain silent.”  – Victor Hugo

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”  – Aldous Huxley 

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:  THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC”  – Kurt Vonnegut

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”  – Nietzsche

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  – Plato

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.”  – Modest Mouse

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”  – Beethoven

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”  – Aaron Copland

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”  – Leonard Bernstein

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  – Johann von Goethe

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”  – Leopold Stokowski

“Ah, music! A magic far beyond all we do here!”  – J.K. Rowling

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”  – Johnny Depp

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”  – Henry Longfellow

“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 great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”  – Sarah Dessen

“Music is my higher power.”  – Oliver James

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”  – Robert Fripp

“Where words fail, music speaks.”  – Hans Christian Andersen

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”  – Maria von Trapp

“You have to take a deep breath and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it; allow yourself to awe. When you play, allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.”  – Kelly White

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.”  – Hannah Harrington

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”  – Kahlil Gibran

“Making a record is a lot like surgery without an anesthetic. You first have to cut yourself up the middle. Then you have to rip out every single organ, every single part and lay them on a table. You then need to examine the parts, and the reality of the situation hits you. You find yourself saying things like “I didn’t know that part was so ugly.” Or “I better get a professional opinion about that.” You go to bed hollow and then back into the operating room the next day. . .facing every fear, every disgusting thing you hate about yourself. Then you pop it all back in, sew yourself shut and perform. . . you perform like your life depended on it—-and in those perfect moments you find beauty you never knew existed. You find yourself and you friends all over again, you find something to fight for, something to love. Something to show the world.”  – Gerard Way

“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.”  – Mark Helprin

“Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.”  – Donald Miller

“Music is an outburst of the soul.”  – Frederick Delius

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”  – J.M. Barrie

“Music is the strongest form of magic.”  – Marilyn Manson

“Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.”  – Albert Schweitzer

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”  – J.S. Bach

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”  – Martin Luther

“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.”  – Billy Joel

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius

“Never underestimate a girl’s love for her favorite band. Never think even for a minute, that she won’t defend them to her death. Because it’s not just the music that makes that band her favorite. It’s the guys, the gals. It’s the fans. People whom of which she has interacted with thanks to the band. That band might of saved her life, or just made her smile everyday. That band has never broke her heart and has yet to leave her. No wonder she finds such joy in her music.”  – Alex Gaskarth

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”  – Lao Tzu 

“I’m wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it’s stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.”  – Jennifer Donnelly

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”  – Rob Sheffield

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”  – Henry David Thoreau

“Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief.  Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music?  How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?”  – Orson Scott Card

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”  – Beethoven

“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.”  – Michael Jackson

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them.”  – Plato

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”  – Bono

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”  – Jane Swan

“It’s just nice, I guess. Knowing that someone else can put into words what I feel. That there are people who have been through things worse than I have, and they come out on the other side okay. Not only that, but they made some kind of sense of the completely senseless. They made it mean something. These songs tell me I’m not alone. If you look at it at that way, music… music can see you through anything.”  – Hannah Harrington

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?”  – Michael Jackson

I am a professional musician and music teacher.  For more information, please visit my website at www.AudreyWilliamsMusic.com.  Samples of my music are available HERE.


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