Music is indeed the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Never play anything the same way twice.
Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world.
I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve.
Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.
The piano has been drinking, not me.
I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds: And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.
All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!
Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead.
Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic.
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds.
If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.
Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
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