Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 21.
    The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
    (Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (March 9, 1961).)
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  • 22.
    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.")
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  • 23.
    Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
    (André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. Quoted in Lillian Smith, The Journey, ch. 15 (1955).)
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  • 24.
    Music's a wonderful background for our thoughts, isn't it?
    (Arnold Phillips, Max Nosseck (1902-1972), Polish, and Hugh Gray. Max Nosseck. Reginald Parker (John Loder), The Brighton Strangler, speaking to the Chief of Police at his home (1945).)
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  • 25.
    All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
    (Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "The School of Giorgione," (1873).)
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  • 26.
    Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    A nation creates music—the composer only arranges it.
    (Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russian composer. Quoted in Theatre Arts Magazine (New York, June 1958).)
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  • 29.
    Music proposes. Sound disposes.
    (Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet. "Electronic Concert," line 1 (1969).)
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  • 30.
    Today, music heralds ... the establishment of a society of repetition in which nothing will happen anymore.
    (Jacques Attali (b. 1943), Algerian-born French economist, writer. Noise: The Political Economy of Music, ch. 1 (1977).)
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