A collection of quotes on and about music.


“Without music, life would be a mistake.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche


“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” 

Edith Sitwell


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

George Eliot


“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” 

G.K. Chesterton


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

Percy Bysshe Shelley


“And the night shall be filled with music, 
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
and silently steal away.” 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“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


“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.” 

Robert Browning


“Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.” 

Oscar Wilde


“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” 

Kahlil Gibran


“It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.” 

George Eliot


“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” 

Hans Christian Andersen


“Music is the universal language of mankind.” 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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

Aldous Huxley


“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche


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

Victor Hugo


“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” 

Edward Bulwer-Lytton


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

Victor Hugo


“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.” 

John Keats


“Without music, life would be a blank to me.” 

Jane Austen



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