Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 1.
    'I don't think I could ever put hatred into music, because you shouldn't put hatred into music - music's too good for that.'
    (Young, Gifted & Broke)
  • 2.
    We often feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "More Maxims of Mark," p. 947, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
  • 3.
    Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
    (Van Morrison (b. 1945), Irish rock musician. Times (London, July 6, 1990).)
  • 4.
    Music, ho, music such as charmeth sleep!
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 83. "Charmeth" means induces like a charm.)
  • 5.
    For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 4, sct. 424. He continued: "It is here in music that our guardians should erect their guard-house." Adeimantus replied: "At any rate it is here that lawlessness easily creeps in unawares.")
  • 6.
    Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
    (Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. quoted in Sunday Times (London, Sept. 16, 1962).)
  • 7.
    If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
    (Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. letter, Aug. 23, 1917, to Pound's father. quoted in Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1988). Pound's grandfather was a Quaker.)
  • 8.
    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).)
  • 9.
    Music is a time machine, transporting to a different time and place.
    (Walterrean Salley July 20,2015)
  • 10.
    The raindrops, the birdsongs and chattering brooks, Nature has its own music.
    (Walterrean Salley July 10,2015)
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