Quotations About / On: MUSIC
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Philosophic Thoughts, ch. 3 (1746).)
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "Notes on Music and Opera," pt. 8, The Dyer's Hand (1962).)
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.)
People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
(Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932), U.S. actor. As quoted in Mrs. Fiske: Her Views on Actors, Acting and the Problems of Production, ch. 1, by Alexander Woollcott (1917).)
When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!"
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 69, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
Technology is a servant who makes so much noise cleaning up in the next room that his master cannot make music.
(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).)
If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 70, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed aroundthe music and the ideas.
(Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).)
Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.
(Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907), French literary theorist, author. repr. In The Gaze of Orpheus, and Other Literary Essays, ed. P. Adams Sitney (1981). "Reading," The Space of Literature (1955).)
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)