Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Music proposes. Sound disposes.
    (Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet. "Electronic Concert," line 1 (1969).)
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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 42, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Don Juan, in Man and Superman, act 3.)
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  • 40.
    Music dissolves the straight and narrow.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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