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The 100 Most Famous Music Quotes Of All Time

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of music quotes you’re in the right place.

Listening to music can have incredibly soothing effect on us.

It helps us to switch off and relax and forget about everything else.

We have collected the most famous music quotes of all time in this post.

Share these quotes about music with your friends, family, and loved ones so they can enjoy them too.

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Top 10 Music Quotes

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. 

Pete Seeger
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Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.

Robert Browning
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Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. 

Maya Angelou
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Music is the tool to express life  and all that makes a difference. 

Herbie Hancock
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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
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The only love affair I have ever had was with music. 

Maurice Ravel
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Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.

Johnny Depp
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You are the music while the music lasts.

T.S. Eliot
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Music comes from a place we don’t know.

Chris Martin
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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

Henry David Thoreau
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Music is a safe kind of high. Jimi Hendrix 

Music is the emotional life of most people.

Leonard Cohen

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley

I adore art… when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.  Guiseppe Verdi

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Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.  Charlie Parker

Wake up, live your life and sing the melody of your soul. 

Amit Ray

I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music. David Bowie

If music be the food of love, play on.  William Shakespeare

Music is the color of sound. Unknown

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music comes to me more readily than words.  Ludwig Van Beethoven

A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good. Colbie Caillat

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Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. 


Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen

Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody. Joshua Logan

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. Robert Fripp

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

Chinese proverb

Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear. Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

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Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvellous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man. Frédéric Chopin

Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.

Ray Charles

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

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune. Thomas Fuller

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist. 

Franz Liszt

I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.  William James

I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow. Bryce Anderson

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Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.  Leonard Bernstein

My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.

Bob Marley

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. Ludwig van Beethoven

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.  Pablo Casals

As long as we live, there is never enough singing. 

Martin Luther

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism. Eminem

If I cannot fly, let me sing. Stephen Sondheim

Music can change the world. Ludwig van Beethoven

Inspirational Music Quotes

If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. Vera Nazarian

Do it again on the next verse and people think you meant it. 

Chet Atkins

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Thomas Carlyle 

Music is the strongest form of magic.  Marilyn Manson

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Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.  Claude Debussy

Close your eyes. Listen. Nothing’s missing.

Maxime Lagacé

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music. Marcel Marceau

Play it fuckin’ loud! Bob Dylan

My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. Bob Marley

Some people have lives; some people have music.

John Green

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.  Robert G. Ingersoll

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. Martin Luther

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.

George Eliot

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. Leopold Stokowski

Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize. Napoleon Bonaparte 

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To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts  such is the duty of the artist.  Robert Schumann

How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?

Jane Swan

Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.  Dimebag Darrell

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.  Confucius

I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears. Adele 

Music is the soundtrack of your life.

Dick Clark

Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.  Josh Homme

Music is… a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven

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Where words leave off, music begins.  Heinrich Heine

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. 

John Cage

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.  Sergei Rachmaninoff

My job has very little to do with music. It has more to do with taste and culture and balance. Rick Rubin

I Love Music Quotes

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

The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. 

Erik Satie

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.  Igor Stravinsky

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. Duke Ellington

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering. 

Haruki Murakami

Music is my religion. Jimi Hendrix

If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know. Louis Armstrong 

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

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is a song. Love is the music. Unknown 

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu

Without music, life would be a mistake.  Friedrich Nietzsche

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music is an outburst of the soul. Frederick Delius

A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.  Dmitri Shostakovich

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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

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. 

Aldous Huxley

Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein

Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape. Shania Twain

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.  Emory Austin

The world’s most famous and popular language is music.


Music — what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!  Maria August von Trapp

Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. Nina Simone

To Sum Up

Hopefully you have enjoyed this big list of music quotes.

There are lots to motivate and inspire you every day.

I’d love to know which music quotes are your favourites.

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