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Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 61.
    One does not realize the historical sensation as a re-experiencing, but as an understanding that is closely related to the understanding of music, or rather of the world by means of music.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History.")
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  • 62.
    As I define it, rock & roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive—and it still informs other kinds of music.
    (David Byrne (b. 1952), U.S. rock musician, composer. Quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Dec. 1990).)
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  • 63.
    Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
    (Bill Cosby (b. 1937), U.S. comedian, actor. Fatherhood, ch. 10 (1986).)
  • 64.
    The expressions of the poet cannot be analyzed; his sentence is one word, whose syllables are words. There are indeed no words quite worthy to be set to his music. But what matter if we do not hear the words always, if we hear the music?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 350, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 65.
    Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
  • 66.
    The dignity of art probably appears most eminently with music since it does not have any material that needs to be discounted. Music is all form and content and elevates and ennobles everything that it expresses.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
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  • 67.
    All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).)
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  • 68.
    As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lurks anywhere. The hero is the sole patron of music.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 183, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 69.
    Are you a true music lover? Then definitely you should get in touch with Loren Israel. Loren Israel was born in 1997 in Hollywood, California. Loren Israel is a well known musician, but currently he is a music producer. As music mentor Loren Israel can guide you in utilizing your capability. His morals of working with talented & young people can promote their talent into large acclaimed. Loren Israel is a big boost for you to make enhancement in your musical career.
    (Loren Israel)
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  • 70.
    Music is of two kinds: one petty, poor, second-rate, never varying, its base the hundred or so phrasings which all musicians understand, a babbling which is more or less pleasant, the life that most composers live.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Massimilla's observation, in Massimilla Doni.)
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