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Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
    (Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Altisidora, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 11 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.)
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven quartet.
    (Witold Lutoslawski (b. 1913), Polish composer. Independent on Sunday (London, Jan. 13, 1991).)
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  • 37.
    Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter. Tod Browning. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Dracula, in his castle, when he hears wolves howling (1931). From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    A dense undergrowth of extension cords sustains my upper world of lights, music, and machines of comfort.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 40.
    How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we are marching into battle against an enemy.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 325, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Dawn, "Fifth Book," aphorism 557, "Into Battle Against an Enemy," (1881).)
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