Famous and Inspirational Quotes About Music
List of best quotes about music.
These music quotes are from the composers and some well-known person.
Check out the famous and inspirational music quotes below:
- “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
- “Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
- “I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” ― Morrissey
- “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
- “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan
- “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein
- “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards
- “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
- “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
- “The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac
- “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ― Albert Schweitzer
- “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― Leo Tolstoy
- “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”― Jane Austen
- “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ― William Shakespeare
- “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou
- “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley
- “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” ― W.H. Auden
- “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
- “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo
- “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Arthur O’Shaughnessy
- “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”― Charles Darwin
- “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius
- “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
- “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” ― Modest Mouse
- “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” ― Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” ― Johnny Depp
- “Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
- “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” ― Leopold Stokowski
- “Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ― Leonard Bernstein
- “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” ― Tom Waits
- “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ” ― Lady Gaga
- “Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.” ― Robert Browning
- “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” ― John Lennon
- “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ― Steve Maraboli
- “Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.” ― Frank Zappa
- “Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine
- “Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” ― Douglas Adams
- “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- “Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”― Oscar Wilde
- “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” ― Frank Zappa
- “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
- “Music is the strongest form of magic.” ― Marilyn Manson
- “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” ― Robert Fripp
- “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” ― Kahlil Gibran
- “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” ― Lao Tzu
- “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria Augusta von Trapp
- “Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- “Music is an outburst of the soul.” ― Frederick Delius
- “My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” ― Edith Sitwell
- “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” ― Sarah Dessen
- “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius
- “Music is my higher power” ― Oliver James
- “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” ― Lois Lowry
- “It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.” ― George Eliot
- “Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.” ― Tiffanie DeBartolo
- “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” ― Martin Luther
- “No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
- “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” ― George Eliot
- “Music is everybody’s business. It’s only the publishers who think people own it” ― John Lennon
- “Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
- “You have to, take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.” ― Kelly White
- “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” ― Johann Sebastian Bach
- “Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
- “People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.” ― Michael Jackson
- “The more you love,the more love you have to give.It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite…” ― Christina Westover
- “Music can change the world because it can change people.” ― Bono
- “If music be the food of love, play on.” ― William Shakespeare
- “I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein
- “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” ― Truman Capote
- “Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.” ― Plato
- “Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.” ― Pat Conroy
- “Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” ― G.K. Chesterton
- “I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” ― Freddie Mercury
- “If I cannot fly, let me sing.” ― Stephen Sondheim
- “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” ― Frank Zappa
- “Music sounds different to the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
- “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” ― Pablo Casals
- “Everything in me feels fluttering and free, like I could take off from the ground at any second. Music, I think, he makes me feel like music.” ― Lauren Oliver
- “If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” ― Vera Nazarian
- “I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.” ― Chuck Klosterman
- “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” ― Ingmar Bergman
- “Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami
- “Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.” ― Charles Hart
- “Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
- “Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” ― Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
- “It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts. ” ― Nic Sheff
- “There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle
- “The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.” ― William Shakespeare
- “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ― Michael Jackson
- “Love is friendship set to music.” ― Jackson Pollock
- “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley
- “A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” ― Colbie Caillat
- “But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness” ― John Green
- “When you play, never mind who listens to you.” ― Robert Schumann
- “Music, my rampart and my only one.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay
- “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” ― Leonard Bernstein
- “Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.” ― Napoléon Bonaparte
- “If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.” ― Anna Akhmatova
- “I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
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The Music You Love Tells Me Who You Are
Ever been a bit judgey when you hear someone’s taste in music? Of course you have.
And you were right — music tells you a lot about someone’s personality.
Research has learned a great deal about the power of music:
- Your musical tastedoes accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
- Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
- You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
- The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably love for the rest of your life.
- And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.
But enough trivia. It also turns out music affects your behavior — and much more than you might think.
Studies show music can lead you to drink more, spendmore, be kind, or even act unethically.
No, rock and heavy metal don’t lead people to commit suicide — but it’s possible that country music might:
The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate.
Music is so powerful it’s even possible to become addicted to music.
Eric Barker:What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?
But can we really use scientific research on music to improve our lives? Absolutely.
Here are 9 ways:
1) Music Helps You Relax
Yes, research shows music is relaxing.
I know, I know, obvious, right? But what you might not know is the type of music that helps people relax best.
Need to chill out? Skip the pop and jazz and head for the classical.
Via Richard Wiseman’s excellent book 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute:
Blood pressure readings revealed that listening to pop or jazz music had the same restorative effect as total silence. In contrast, those who listened to Pachelbel and Vivaldi relaxed much more quickly, and so their blood pressure dropped back to the normal level in far less time.
(More things that relieve stress are here.)
2) Angry Music Improves Your Performance
We usually think of anger as something that’s just universally bad. But the emotion has positive uses too.
Anger focuses attention on rewards, increases persistence, makes us feel in control and more optimistic about achieving our goals.
When test subjects listened to angry music while playing video games, they got higher scores.
Via The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (and Why They Are So Good For You):
What Tamir and her colleagues found was that people preferred to listen to the angry music before playing Soldier of Fortune. Faced with a task in which anger might serve a useful function, facilitating the shooting of enemies, participants opted for an anger boost. What’s more, listening to the angry music actually improved performance…
(More on how to boost productivity here.)
3) Music Reduces Pain
When ibuprofen isn’t doing the job, might be time to put on your favorite song.
Research shows it can reduce pain:
Preferred music was found to significantly increase tolerance and perceived control over the painful stimulus and to decrease anxiety compared with both the visual distraction and silence conditions.
(More research based tricks for reducing pain here.)
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4) Music Can Give You A Better Workout
What’s the best thing to have on your iPod at the gym?
The weight room is no place to try new genres. Playing your favorites can boost performance:
The performance under Preferred Music (9.8 +/- 4.6 km) was greater than under Nonpreferred Music (7.1 +/- 3.5 km) conditions. Therefore, listening to Preferred Music during continuous cycling exercise at high intensity can increase the exercise distance, and individuals listening to Nonpreferred Music can perceive more discomfort caused by the exercise.
(More ways to improve your health here.)
5) Music Can Help You Find Love
Want to get the interest of that special someone? Put on the romantic music.
Women were more likely to give their number to men after hearing love songs:
…the male confederate asked the participant for her phone number. It was found that women previously exposed to romantic lyrics complied with the request more readily than women exposed to the neutral ones.
(More on how science can make you a better kisser here.)
6) Music Can Save A Life
Do you know the proper way to give CPR chest compressions? Turns out timing is key.
And how can you best remember that timing during an emergency?
Sing “Stayin’ Alive” by the BeeGees. Yes, I’m serious:
…Dr. John Hafner of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria had 15 physicians and med students perform the 100-compression procedure (on mannequins) while listening to the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.” As Hafner reports in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, their mean compression rate was an excellent 109.1. Five weeks later, they repeated the exercise while singing the song to themselves as a “musical memory aid.” Their mean rate increased to 113.2. The medical professionals reported that the “mental metronome” improved both “their technical ability and confidence in providing CPR.”
(More things that can improve your health and happiness here.)
7) Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes
Does music at the office make you work better or just distract you? It’s a much debated issue and the answer is not black and white.
For the most part, it seems music decreases work performance – but makes you happier while you work:
…a comparison of studies that examined background music compared to no music indicates that background music disturbs the reading process, has some small detrimental effects on memory, but has a positive impact on emotional reactions…
That said, a little bit of music can make you more creative. If you have ADHD, noise helps you focus:
Noise exerted a positive effect on cognitive performance for the ADHD group and deteriorated performance for the control group, indicating that ADHD subjects need more noise than controls for optimal cognitive performance.
And music with positive lyrics makes you more helpful and collaborative.
(More on what will make you successful here.)
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8) Use Music To Make You Smarter
There is a ton of evidence that music lessons improve IQ.
But there’s even research that sayslistening to classical music might boost brainpower as well:
Within 15 minutes of hearing the lecture, all the students took a multiple-choice quiz featuring questions based on the lecture material. The results: the students who heard the music-enhanced lecture scored significantly higher on the quiz than those who heard the music-free version.
(More on the most powerful way to easily get smarter here.)
9) Music Can Make You A Better Person
Need to soften someone’s heart? Maybe even your own?
Playing music can make you more compassionate:
In a year-long program focused on group music-making, 8- to 11-year old children became markedly more compassionate, according to a just-published study from the University of Cambridge. The finding suggests kids who make music together aren’t just having fun: they’re absorbing a key component of emotional intelligence.
Venezuela made music lessons mandatory. What happened? Crime went down and fewer kids dropped out of school:
A simple cost-benefit framework is used to estimate substantive social benefits associated with a universal music training program in Venezuela (B/C ratio of 1.68). Those social benefits accrue from both reduced school drop-out and declining community victimization. This evidence of important social benefits adds to the abundant evidence of individual gains reported by the developmental psychology literature.
(More on how to be a better person here.)
So music not only says a lot about you, it provides a myriad of easy ways to make your life better:
- Music Can Help You Relax
- Angry Music Improves Your Performance
- Music Reduces Pain
- Music Can Give You A Better Workout
- Music Can Help You Find Love
- Music Can Save A Life
- Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes
- Use Music To Make You Smarter
- Music Can Make You A Better Person
Most importantly: Music makes us feel good, and in the end, that’s worth a lot.
Speaking of music that makes you feel good, ever wondered what English sounds like to people who don’t speak it?
Then you’ll love this song.
“An Italian singer wrote this song with gibberish to sound like English. If you’ve ever wondered what other people think Americans sound like, this is it.”
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