Quotations About / On: MUSIC
Music and Wine are one.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Bacchus," Poems (1847).)
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
(Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Clea, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1960).)
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).)
Mathematics: silent harmonies. Music: sounding numbers.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Exquisite nature, daydreams, and music say one thing, real life another.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in In a Native Corner, Works, vol. 9, p. 324, "Nauka" (1976).)
The stage is life, music, beautiful girls, legs, breasts, not talk or intellectualism or dried-up academics.
(Harold Clurman (1901-1980), U.S. stage director, critic. quoted in Robert Brustein, "The Vitality of Harold Clurman," pt. 1, Who Needs Theatre (1987).)
Rap is poetry to musiclike beatniks without beards and bongos.
(David Lee Roth (1955), U.S. rock musician. quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Dec. 1990).)
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
(Scott Joplin (1868-1917), U.S. pianist, composer. The School of Ragtime, preface (1908).)
I hear noises which others don't hear and which disturb for me the music of the spheres, which others don't hear either.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
Classic music is th' kind that we keep thinkin'll turn into a tune.
(Kin Hubbard (F. [Frank] Mckinney Hubbard) (1868-1930), U.S. humorist, journalist. Comments of Abe Martin and His Neighbors (1923).)