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Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 1.
    Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
    (Van Morrison (b. 1945), Irish rock musician. Times (London, July 6, 1990).)
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  • 2.
    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.)
    More quotations from: Ezra Pound, music, believe
  • 3.
    Music for the neck downwards.
    (Keith Richards (b. 1943), British rock guitarist. Quoted in Simon Frith, Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock, ch. 7 (1979).)
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  • 4.
    Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
    (Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist. Dominique, in A Certain Smile, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1956).)
    More quotations from: Françoise Sagan, music
  • 5.
    Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
    (Noël Coward (1899-1973), British actor, playwright, composer. Amanda, in Private Lives, act 1 (1930), published in Play Parade (1931). In the 1930 recording of the play, the words (spoken by Gertrude Lawrence) were "Strange how potent cheap music is.")
    More quotations from: Noël Coward, music
  • 6.
    My aversion from music rests on political grounds.
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 113, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).)
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  • 7.
    Good music is very close to primitive language.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Correspondence of Ideas with the Motion of Organs," Elements of Physiology (written 1774-1780, published 1875).)
    More quotations from: Denis Diderot, music
  • 8.
    Through music the passions enjoy themselves.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 92, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 106 (1886).)
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  • 9.
    Music dissolves the straight and narrow.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 10.
    In memory everything seems to happen to music.
    (Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).)
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