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They said You have a blue guitar You do not play things as they are. The man replied Things as they are Are changed upon the blue guitar.
Wallace Stevens Category: Music
Music makes one feel so romantic at least it always gets on ones nerves which is the same thing nowadays.
Oscar Wilde Category: Music
The effects of good music are not just because its new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Music
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same I feel with the greater part of our lives and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
Alan Watts Category: Music
Tell me the tales that to me were so dear Long long ago long long ago.
Thomas Haynes Bayly Category: Music
When I don't like a piece of music I make a point of listening to it more closely. [Attributed]
Florent Schmitt Category: Music
And so no force however great Can stretch a cord however fine Into a horizontal line That shall be absolutely straight. Quoted as an example of accidental metre and rhyme.
William Whewell Category: Music
Always however brutal an age may actually have been its style transmits its music only.
Andre Malraux Category: Music
Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz Category: Music
Musics golden tongue Flatterd to tears this aged man and poor.
John Keats Category: Music
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Category: Music
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Music
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley Category: Music
The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Music
Music is a revelation; a revelation loftier than all wisdom and all philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven Category: Music
I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monkey. Thats different. For a monkey its terrific.
Igor Stravinsky Category: Music
I play the harmonica. The only way I can play is if I get my car going really fast and stick it out the window. The harmonica sounds 'amazing.'
Steven Wright Category: Music
Music inflames temperament.
Jim Morrison Category: Music
Music is esentially useless as is life.
George Santayana Category: Music
Since I am coming to that holy room Where with thy choir of saints for evermore I shall be made thy music as I come I tune the instrument here at the door And what I must do then think here before.
John Donne Category: Music
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here will we sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears; soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. Sit Jessica: look how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold; Theres not the smallest orb which thou beholdst But in his motion like an angel sings Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins. Such harmony is in immortal souls; But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in we cannot hear it.
William Shakespeare Category: Music
When people hear good music it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.
Edgar Watson Ed Howe Category: Music
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Francois Voltaire Category: Music
LYRE n. An ancient instrument of torture.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Music
To George Gershwin on refusinghim as a pupil: You would only lose the spontaneous quality of your melody and end by writing bad Ravel.
Maurice Ravel Category: Music
Music the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have below.
Joseph Addison Category: Music
Music is the art of the prophets the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
Martin Luther Category: Music
Reber [Johnson; a violinist] also got off another one after Id played over the Second Violin Sonata for himthat harmless piece. After stuff like thathe saidif you consider that music and like it how can you like Brahms or any good music? That is a very common attitude among almost all the well known lilies. They take it [i.e. that attitude] for granteda kind of self-evident axiom a settled-for-life matter ipso facto admitting of no argument. The classical is good for all time the modern is bad for all timeso if you like one you cant like the other. Describing the reaction of a typical professional musician to his and other twentieth-century compositions. Lilies was one of Ives names for most of the concert goers of his era who expected all music to be conventional and pretty.
Charles Edward Ives Category: Music
Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Jules Combarieu Category: Music
Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast To soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
William Congreve Category: Music
The notes I handle no better than many pianists But the pauses between the notes ah that is where the art resides!
Arthur Schnabel Category: Music
Music should strike fire from the heart of man And bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Beethoven Category: Music
He has Van Goghs ear for music.
Orson Welles Category: Music
Truly fertile Music the only kind that will move us that we shall truly appreciate will be a Music conducive to Dream which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
Albert Camus Category: Music
In or orchestra we have many nationalities types and temperaments. We have learned to forget individual likes dislikes and differences of temperament for the sake of music to which we have dedicated our lives. I often wonder if we could not solve the world's problems on a similar basis of harmony. Think what a single individual in a symphony orchestra can accomplish by giving up his individual traits and ambitions in the service of music.... Suppose that in life you had the same all-embracing love for the whole of mankind and for your neighbor in particular. Only when every one of us and every nation learns the secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.
Artur Rodzinski Category: Music
Theres music in the sighing of a reed; Theres music in the gushing of a rill; Theres music in all things if we have ears; The earth is but the music of the spheres.
Lord George Gordon Byron Category: Music
Music is a means of Rapid Transportation.
John Cage Category: Music
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time when he was an old man to learn music and dancing and thought it time well spent.
Michel de Montaigne Category: Music
The choirs left the main tune and soared two octaves past heaven in a descant to rattle the bones and surge the heart.
Henry Mitchell Category: Music
If I were to begin life again I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.
Jules Renard Category: Music
It is the stretched soul that makes music and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites--opposite bents tastes yearnings loyalties. Where there is no polarity--where energies flow smoothly in one direction--there will be much doing but no music.
Eric Hoffer Category: Music
Brass bands are all very well in their place outdoors and several miles away.
Sir Thomas Beecham Category: Music
I cant listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Unknown Category: Music
I sought my soul But my soul I could not see. I sought my God But my God eluded me. I sought my brother And I found all three.
William Blake Category: Music
Psychologists have found that music does things to you whether you like it or not. Fast tempos invariably raise your pulse respiration and blood pressure; slow music lowers them.
Doron K. Antrim Category: Music
We are a spectacular splendid manifestation of life. We have language.... We have affection. We have genes for usefulness and usefulness is about as close to a common goal of nature as I can guess at. And finally and perhaps best of all we have music.
Lewis Thomas Category: Music
For changing peoples manners and altering their customs there is nothing better than music.
Shu Ching Category: Music
There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
Samuel Butler the Younger Category: Music
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts.
Percy Bysshe Shelley Category: Music
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
John Milton Category: Music
I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be young young all your life and to say things to the world that are true. At a concert he played when he was 95.
Pablo Casals Category: Music
Music is Love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanier Category: Music
If you feel like singing along don't.
James Taylor Category: Music
If music could be translated into human speech it would no longer need to exist.
Ned Rorem Category: Music
Philosophy is the highest music.
Plato Category: Music
Never look at the trombones. Youll only encourage them.
Richard Strauss Category: Music
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing.
Duke Ellington Category: Music
The great men of music close periods; they do not inaugurate them. The pioneer work the finding of new paths is left to smaller men.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Category: Music
I hate music especially when its played.
Jimmy Durante Category: Music
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
Lawrence Durrell Category: Music
I am amazed at radio DJs today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for.
Jasper Carrott Category: Music
If ya ain't got it in ya ya can't blow it out.
Louis Satchmo' Armstrong Category: Music
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche Category: Music
The typical rock fan is not smart enough to know when he is being dumped on.
Francis Vincent Frank Zappa Jr. Category: Music
Music is the vernacular of the human soul.
Geoffrey Latham Category: Music
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine Category: Music
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Frank McKinney Kin Hubbard Category: Music
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
Sir Noµl Pierce Coward Category: Music
All music jars when the souls out of tune.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Category: Music
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Elvis Presley Category: Music
I don't she added know anything about music really. But I know what I like.
Sir Max Beerbohm Category: Music
Opera in English is in the main about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
Henry Louis Mencken Category: Music
I know only two tunes: one of them is Yankee Doodle and the other one isnt.
Ulysses S. Grant Category: Music
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac Category: Music
A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things a poet in words a musician by sounds.
Henry Moore Category: Music
Maybe its not as bad as it sounds.
Mark Twain Category: Music
A player does not have to like a manager and he does not have to respect a manager. All he has to do is obey the rules.
Sparky Anderson Category: Music
When thunder comes it relieves the tension and promotes positive action. Music can do the same by making people enthusiastic and united together. When used to promote good it brings them closer to heaven.
I Ching Category: Music
There is no feeling except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music.
George Eliot Category: Music
The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
Victor Borge Category: Music
We are the music-makers And we are the dreamers of dreams Wandering by lone sea breakers And sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever it seems.
Give me a laundry list and Ill set it to music.
Gioacchini Antonio Rossini Category: Music