Famous Music Quotes

Famous Music Quotes

If music is the elixir of the soul, then what could be better than listening to some good old blues and reading famous music quotes to keep the spirits high? Here is a handpicked compilation of some of the best quotes about music that go way beyond notes and melodies to touch the very string of existence.
There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.

~ Lord Byron

Indeed, there is music all around us if only we would lend an ear to it! This article on famous music quotes and sayings is a compilation of famous quotes about music by great musicians, composers and patrons of music and fine arts. Let's take a look at these quotes and sayings to familiarize ourselves with the ideas, opinions and emotions that these geniuses harbored about the conjunction of melodies and notes (sometimes, lyrics too) that is known as music.

Famous Music Quotes by Musicians
Here are some famous quotes about music by some of the most legendary musicians and composers of all time. Lose yourself in the melodious spirit of music and quotations about it.
  • Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience. - Paul Hindemith
  • Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. - Charlie Parker
  • A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence. - Leopold Stokowski
  • It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony. - Benjamin Britten
  • Music is an outburst of the soul. - Frederick Delius
  • Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
    Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
    Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
    What would life be?
    Without a song or a dance what are we?
    So I say thank you for the music
    For giving it to me
    - ABBA
  • One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley
  • Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music. - Mozart
  • To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must break them. - Nadia Boulanger
  • People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts. - Paul Hindemith
  • Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them. - Louis Armstrong
  • Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. - Ludwig van Beethoven
Famous Music Quotes from Songs
The following famous quotes about music are parts of a number of legendary songs that have swayed the world to their tunes since the day they hit the charts. Check out some of these amazing quotes from songs!
  • A long, long time ago...
    I can still remember
    How that music used to make me smile.
    And I knew if I had my chance
    That I could make those people dance
    And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.
    - Don McLean ("American Pie")
  • So everybody everywhere Don't be afraid don't have no fear
    Gonna tell the world
    Make you understand
    As long as there be music
    We'll be coming back again
    - Backstreet Boys ("Everybody")
  • I'm up against the speaker, tryin' to take on the music
    It's like a competition, me against the beat
    I wanna get in the zone, I wanna get in the zone
    If you really wanna battle, saddle up and get your rhythm
    Tryin' to hit it chic-a-tah
    In a minute I'm a take a you on, I'm a take a you on
    - Britney Spears ("Me Against the Music" feat. Madonna)
  • I love rock 'n' roll
    So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
    I love rock 'n' roll
    So come and take the time and dance with me
    - Britney Spears ("I Love Rock 'n' Roll")
  • There's a song that's inside of my soul.
    It's the one that I've tried to write over and over again
    I'm awake in the infinite cold.
    But you sing to me over and over and over again.
    - Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember")
  • Strumming my pain with his fingers
    Singing my life with his words
    Killing me softly with his song
    Killing me softly with his song
    Telling my whole life with his words
    Killing me softly with his song
    - The Fugees (there are many versions sung by many singers like Roberta Flack, Susan Boyle, etc.)
Well-known Music Quotes about Life
The following music quotes and sayings seek to inspire us in times of desperation, disappointment, irony, bewilderments and many such odd turns of our lives. Take a look at these life quotes to know what I'm talking about.
  • Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou
  • Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. - John Lennon
  • The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. - William Shakespeare
  • Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism. - Eminem
  • My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. - Bob Marley
  • Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. - Jimi Hendrix
  • If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk. - Oscar Wilde
  • Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato
  • Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule. - Samuel Butler
  • Music is the shorthand of emotion. - Leo Tolstoy
Renowned Music Quotes about Love
The following quotes are from some of the most tangent lyrics of the greatest love songs ever. What could better qualify as the most romantic love quotes other than these love quotes from songs?
  • Nothing's gonna change my love for you
    You ought know by now how much I love you
    One thing you can be sure of
    I'll never ask for more than your love
    - Glen Medeiros ("Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You")
  • Come into these arms again
    And lay your body down
    The rhythm of this trembling heart
    Is beating like a drum
    It beats for you - It bleeds for you
    It knows not how it sounds
    For it is the drum of drums
    It is the song of songs...
    - Annie Lennox ("Love Song for a Vampire")
  • Near, far, wherever you are
    I believe that the heart does go on
    Once more you open the door
    And you're here in my heart
    And my heart will go on and on
    - Celine Dion ("My Heart Will go On")
  • All the while you were in front of me I never realized
    I just can't believe I didn't see it in your eyes
    I didn't see it, I can't believe it
    Oh but I feel it
    When you sing to me
    - Marc Anthony("You Sang to Me")
  • Darling, there will never be another
    'Cause I love you so
    Don't ever leave me, say you'll never go
    I will always want you for my sweetheart
    No matter what you do
    Oh! Carol, I'm so in love with you
    - Neil Sedaka ("Oh! Carol")
  • I just wanna feel real love
    Feel the home that I live in
    I got too much love
    Running through my veins, to go to waste
    - Robbie Williams ("Feel")
Those were some of the best music quotes about life, love, philosophy and music itself. Whether you read them to pass a leisurely hour or to derive inspiration from, these quotes are perfect to serve these purposes. Also, if you're out of ideas on how to express your emotions or ideas regarding any personal situation, you can always quote these lines to get your feelings across.
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