Quotations About / On:
We often feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "More Maxims of Mark," p. 947, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
(Van Morrison (b. 1945), Irish rock musician. Times (London, July 6, 1990).)
Music, ho, music such as charmeth sleep!
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 83.
"Charmeth" means induces like a charm.)
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 4, sct. 424.
He continued: "It is here in music that our guardians should erect their guard-house." Adeimantus replied: "At any rate it is here that lawlessness easily creeps in unawares.")
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
(Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. quoted in Sunday Times (London, Sept. 16, 1962).)
If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
(Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. letter, Aug. 23, 1917, to Pound's father. quoted in Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1988).
Pound's grandfather was a Quaker.)
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
(Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).)
I think all music is good.
Music is a time machine, transporting to a different time and place.
The raindrops, the birdsongs and chattering brooks, Nature has its own music.