Music Quotes we love

Page last updated: Monday 4 February 2013 (additions made)


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Berthold Auerbach

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” (Berthold Auerbach)

Bach, Johann Sebastian 

“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Byron, Lord

“There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.” (Lord Byron)


“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ” (Confucius)

Elgar, Edward 

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” (Edward Elgar)

Erskine, Lord

“Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.” (Lord Erskine)

Faure, Gabriel

“For me, art, and especially music, exists to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence” (Gabriel Faure)

Hearn, Terry

“The flute is the voice in the night that whispers back from the breath of life you breathe into it.” (Terry Hearn)

Heine, Heinrich 

“When words leave off, music begins.” (Heinrich Heine)

Hugo, Victor 

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” (Victor Hugo)

Hunt, Leigh

“Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” (Leigh Hunt)

Landon, Charles

“Where speech fails, then music begins.  It is the natural medium for the expression too strong and deep to be expressed in words.” (Charles W. Landon)

Luther. Martin 

“Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that calms the agitations of the soul.” (Martin Luther)

Ma, Yo-Yo

“The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it’s to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it’s well-received and lives in somebody else.” (Yo-Yo Ma)

Menuhin, Yehudi

“Improvisation is not the expression of accident, but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of our very soul.” (Yehudi Menuhin)

Moyse, Marcel 

“Music is language, the flute is one of its mediums of expression, and when I play I try to convey the impression of laughing, of singing, of talking through the meduim of my instrument in a manner almost as direct as that expressed by the human voice.” (Marcel Moyse)

“I long ago observed that the real beauty of the sound comes from the generosity of the heart.” (Marcel Moyse)

Orff, Carl

“Tell me, I forget; Show me, I remember; Involve me, I understand” (Carl Orff)


“Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it.” (Plato)

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is god, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but never less, dazzaling, passionate, and eternal form.” (Plato)

Richter, Jean Paul 

“Music is the poetry of the air.” (Jean Paul Richter)

“Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” (Jean Paul Richter)

George Santayana

“The earth has its music for those who will listen,
Its bright variations forever abound;…
There is nothing that thrills like the magic of sound.” (George Santayana)

Shelley, Percy Bysshe 

“Are we not formed, as notes of music are,
For one another, though dissimilar?” (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Stokowski, Leopold 

“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.” (Leopold Stokowski)

Tennyson, Alfred Lord 

“There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.” (Alfred Lord Tennyson)


What does one need above all else in order to be a singer? A beautiful voice. And in order to be a flautist? A beautiful tone. When an artist does not possess this gift he throws himself into a torrent of difficulties in order to win acclaim. To play what is difficult with ease is doubtless a merit, but by no means the final goal. In all arts and above all in playing the flute it is better to be told “How charming!” than “How astonishing!” (Tulou)

Webb, Mary

“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.” (Mary Webb)


“It is only a tool. A tool forged from the metals of the Earth. From Silver. From Gold. Fashioned by history. Crafted by Masters. It is a tool that shapes mood and Culture. It enraptures. Sometimes distracts. Exhilarates and soothes. Sings and weeps. Now take up the tool and sculpt Music from the air.” (unknown)