Quotations About / On:
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.)
Music dissolves the straight and narrow.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
(Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).)
There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.
(John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Jan. 13-19, 1818, to his brothers George and Thomas Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 37, ed. Frederick Page (1954).)
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
(Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, March 21, 1711), no. 18.
On the effect of Italian opera on the English stage.)
Music and Wine are one.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Bacchus," Poems (1847).)
The still, sad music of humanity,
(William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey (l. 92). . .
The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden, ed. (1977, repr. 1990) Penguin Books.)
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
(Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Clea, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1960).)
My love shall hear the music of my hounds.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 106.
Speaking to Hippolyta.)
Imperceptibly the love of these dischords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.
(Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, letter, December 1, 1835, to Beverly Tucker, ed. John Ward Ostrom (1966).
The poetics of atonality.)