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"Let heart and voice, like bells of silver, ring, the comfort that this day doth bring."
- A. Moody Stuart
"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
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
- Aldous Huxley
"The city is builtTo music, therefore never built at all,And therefore built forever."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. "
- Alphonse de Lamartine
"Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. "
- Arnold Bennett
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life."
- Beethoven
"Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead. "
- Benjamin Disraeli
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
- Berthold Auerbach
"A song is anything that can walk by itself."
- Bob Dylan
"Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot."
- Bob Dylan
"People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around- the music and the ideas. "
- Bob Dylan (1992)
"I love the development of our music, that's what I really dig about the whole thing. How we've tried to develop, y'know? It grows. That's why every day people come forward with new songs. Music goes on forever."
- Bob Marley
"One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain."
- Bob Marley
"Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel."
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
"He who sings scares away his woes. "
- Cervantes
"Silence is more musical than any song."
- Christina Rossetti
"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. "
- Confucius
"Do you believe in rock 'n roll? Can music save your mortal soul? "
- Don McLean
Source: American Pie
"We all got up to dance Oh, but we never got the chance!"
- Don McLean
Source: American Pie
"Music is the balm that heals the forlorn ache of a distant star"
- Don Williams Jr
"Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity, tis' then when the hurdy gurdy man comes singing songs of love."
- Donovan
Source: Hurdy Gurdy Man
"The relationship between rock and revolution is granting that most musicians are a bunch of avaricious ass-sucking dogs, and most of the song writers (too), myself in many ways included. It's the form or the intention, or the implications of the music that make it interesting to the revolutionary. It's a tool and a tactic for getting children to revolt against the protoplasm that raised them and consider other forms of government, other forms of dealing with the situation. When you coordinate and liberate and release the sexuality and the minds of youth, and can twist it and change it toward a different goal and direction, via rock 'n roll, via fucking in the streets, via dope, via action, direct action ... then you can maybe push this country and we can rewrite the whole structure, based on the kind of energy released by rock 'n roll."
- Ed Sanders
"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
"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.  "
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
"Dance in the light of the pale cold moon to the sound of a wild violin."
- Erika Fawcett
"Music is an outburst of the soul. "
- Frederick Delius
"Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  "
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"What an honour is it to our great Landlord that multitudes of tenants flock together to his house to pay their rent of thanks and worship for their all which they hold of him! How loud and lovely is the noise of many golden trumpets! Good Lord, what an echo do they make in heaven's ears! When many skilful musicians play in concert with well tuned and prepared instruments the music cannot but be ravishing to God himself"
- George Swinnock
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
- Gustav Mahler
"Silence is a sounding thing, to one who listens hungrily."
- Gwendolyn Bennett
"I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.  But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.  Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality."
- H.A. Overstreet
"When words leave off, music begins."
- Heinrich Heine
"Bach opens a vista to the universe.  After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all."
- Helmut Walcha
"Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues.  The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg:  I have it in my pocket. "
- Henri Rabaud
"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
"And the night shall be filled with music,And the cares that infest the dayShall fold their tents like the ArabsAnd as silently steal away."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Music is the universal language of mankind."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
"Music happens to be an art form that transcends language."
- Herbie Hancock
"The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. "
- Isadora Duncan
"If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it."
- Isadora Duncan
"It's a supreme emotional and physical experience-I live for that one hour on stage. It's full of feeling-it's a rush, honey."
- Janis Joplin
"When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills."
- Janis Joplin
"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. "
- Jean Paul Richter
"Those times i burned my guitar was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love.I love my guitar."
- Jimi Hendrix
"I try to use my music to move these people to act."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Music is a safe type of high. It's more the way it was supposed to be. That's where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It's nothing but rhythm and motion."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music."
- Jimi Hendrix
"My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows."
- Jimi Hendrix
"The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at."
- Jimi Hendrix
"When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do."
- Jimi Hendrix
"You have to give people something to dream on."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Music's the medicine of the mind. "
- John A. Logan
"If this word "music" is sacred and reserved for eighteenth and nineteenth century instruments, we can substitute a more meaningful term:  organization of sound."
- John Cage
"What passion cannot music raise and quell! "
- John Dryden
"We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first- rock and roll or Christianity. "
- John Lennon
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship.  But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.  Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves."
- John Muir
"Music can noble hints impart,Engender fury, kindle love,With unsuspected eloquence can move,And manage all the man with secret art."
- Joseph Addison
"I am just glad that I can take the music to the people who want to hear it. I love my audiences. I am deeply indebted to them for giving me the chance to sing my concerts, make records, and do what I love. Whatever people call it, it is great to have a voice!"
- Judy Collins
"I have tried, in all the ways I can, to make timeless music."
- Judy Collins
"I sang in the coffee houses of the country in the early '60s with no idea of success in terms of records or television. I just thought I was a storyteller. I didn't even think of myself as a singer."
- Judy Collins
"I think that new communications are wonderful and I am delighted to be a part of the Internet generation."
- Judy Collins
"Most of what we take as being important is not material, whether it's music or feelings or love. They're things we can't really see or touch. They're not material, but they're vitally important to us."
- Judy Collins
"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife."
- Kahil Gibran
"Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody."
- Kahlil Gibran
"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. "
- Lao Tzu
"Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven."
- Lawrence Duncan
"Music is the medicine of the breaking heart."
- Leigh Hunt
"Music is the shorthand of emotion."
- Leo Tolstoy
"A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
- Leopold Stokowski
"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
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more."
- Lord Byron
"Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. "
- Ludwig van Beethoven
"The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing."
- Marcus Aurelius
"Music was my refuge.  I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. "
- Maya Angelou
"We all sang the songs of peace"
- Melanie
Source: Lay Down
"There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. "
- Minnie Aumonier
"There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like getting high..."
- Neil Young
Source: After the Gold Rush
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
- Nietzsche
"In music the passions enjoy themselves."
- Nietzsche
"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. "
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.  "
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.  "
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory."
- Oscar Wilde
"Music, when soft voices dieVibrates in the memory."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music... The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music... The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"Truly to sing, that is a different breath."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
"I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms, could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine. "
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention:  the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril."
- Richard Baker
"Music is the poetry of the air."
- Richter
"Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.  "
- Robert Benchley
"There is no truer truth obtainableBy Man than comes of music."
- Robert Browning
"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. "
- Robert Fripp
"Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words."
- Robert G. Ingersoll
"Whichever way your pleasure tends, if you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind."
- Robert Hunter for the Grateful
"We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee."

- Rumi
"Music is love in search of a word."
- Sidney Lanier
"One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love. "
- Sophocles
"Let the sound take you away..."
- Steppenwolf
Source: Magic Carpet Ride
"You are the music while the music lasts. "
- T.S. Eliot
"Do you believe in magic? Believe in the magic of a young girl's soul? Believe in the magic of rock 'n roll? Believe in the magic that can set you free? "
- The Lovin' Spoonful
Source: Do You Believe in Magic
"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!"
- Thomas Carlyle
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels. "
- Thomas Carlyle
"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make."
- Truman Capote
"It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible. "
- Victor de LaPrade
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. "
- Victor Hugo
"There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleasedWith melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;Some chord in unison with what we hearIs touch'd within us, and the heart replies."
- William Cowper
"Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker. "
- William Green
"There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. "
- William P. Merrill

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