Quotations About / On:
Music at its best is not in need of novelty; indeed, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the stronger its effect.
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
Morning work! By the blushes of Aurora and the music of Memnon, what should be man's morning work in this world?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 40, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry to Dorian Gray, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 19 (1891).)
Who that has heard a strain of music feared then lest he should speak extravagantly any more forever?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 357, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The Eastern steamboat passed us with music and a cheer, as if they were going to a ball, when they might be going toDavy's locker.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 266, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
To know whether you are enjoying a piece of music or not you must see whether you find yourself looking at the advertisements of Pears' soap at the end of the libretto.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 229, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 237 (1951).)
"Beer, tobacco, and music," he went on. "Behold the Fatherland."
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 112, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
Settembrini's characterization of Germany.)
It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversation, 1949. Ch. 6, published in Personal Recollections, ed. Rush Rhees (1981).)
There's more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.
(Pat Metheny (b. 1954), U.S. jazz guitarist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, July 7, 1992).)