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  He who loves music learns to soothe his own sorrows.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Talk of music only to a musician.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  All musicians are brothers.  
 -  Welsh proverb
  

  Music has no charms for a buffalo.  
 -  Indian proverb
  

  Music befits a house where there is a wedding.  
 -  Turkish proverb
  

  As the music goes, so goes the dance.  
 -  Philippine proverb
  

  If we pay for the music we will take part in the dance.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Laughter is the music of one's soul. One is never really poor if he can afford to laugh.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  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 B. Watts
  

  There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter - to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.  
 -  Alfred Hitchcock
  

  It's called rap music because the 'c' fell off the printer.  
 -  Allan Bease
  

  We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  
 -  Berthold Auerbach
  

  Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.  
 -  Bette Midler
  

  Either heaven or hell will have continuous background music. Which one you think it will be says a lot about you.  
 -  Bill Vaughan
  

  Music can save people, but it can't in the commercial way it's being used. It's just too much. It's pollution.  
 -  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
  

  I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  When Phyllis Diller started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.  
 -  Bob Hope
  

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

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

  I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for those who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'  
 -  Bob Newhart
  

  Pop music often tells you everything is ok, while rock music tells you that it's not ok, but you can change it.  
 -  Bono
  

  Music can change the world because it can change people.  
 -  Bono
  

  Great music is written by people who are either running toward or away from God.  
 -  Bono
  

  I wanted to be a country singer but I took the test and I had too much self-esteem.  
 -  Brett Butler
  

  The hardest thing about writing country music must be thinking up clean words to rhyme with truck.  
 -  Brian Kaufman
  

  This is the life I always wanted to have. Maybe I'll go to college someday, for that knowledge. But I definitely think making music always will be the most important thing in my life.  
 -  Britney Spears
  

  If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.  
 -  Charles Darwin
  

  Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.  
 -  Charlie Parker
  

  If someone asks Chuck Norris what his favourite song is, he roundhouse kicks them in the face until they beg for mercy. He tells them that's music to his ears.  
 -  Chuck Norris jokes
  

  If Jimi Hendrix could see the current state of pop music he'd roll over in his own vomit.  
 -  David Corrado
  

  Bagpipes are the missing link between music and noise.  
 -  E. K. Kruger
  

  Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.  
 -  E. Y. Harburg
  

  Music is always a commentary on society.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best!  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  Without music, life would be a mistake.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Only sick music makes money today.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids - all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  Brahm's German Requiem made me wish I was dead.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Can you play the violin? I don't know. I've never tried.  
 -  George Burns
  

  Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  I'd rather be a musician than a rockstar.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  I'll give up this sort of touring madness certainly, but music... everything is based on music. No, I'll never stop my music.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  I think people who truly can live a life in music are telling the world, 'You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don't need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it's the very best, and it's the part I give most willingly.'  
 -  George Harrison
  

  One good thing about playing a piece of modern music is that if you make a mistake, no one notices.  
 -  Gordon Brown
  

  Ozzy Osbourne was invited to the White House to meet President Bush. Just goes to show that if you do a lot of controlled substances and talk like a three-year-old you can go really far in America. And Ozzy's doing okay, too.  
 -  Greg Proops
  

  Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  The rock music business is a cruel and shallow trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men lie like dogs. There is also a negative side.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids - all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  Brahm's German Requiem made me wish I was dead.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Can you play the violin? I don't know. I've never tried.  
 -  George Burns
  

  Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  I'd rather be a musician than a rockstar.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  I'll give up this sort of touring madness certainly, but music... everything is based on music. No, I'll never stop my music.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  I think people who truly can live a life in music are telling the world, 'You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don't need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it's the very best, and it's the part I give most willingly.'  
 -  George Harrison
  

  One good thing about playing a piece of modern music is that if you make a mistake, no one notices.  
 -  Gordon Brown
  

  Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  The rock music business is a cruel and shallow trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men lie like dogs. There is also a negative side.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.  
 -  Hunter S. Thompson
  

  When she sings, deaf people refuse to watch her lips move.  
 -  Jed Larson
  

  Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot! Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.  
 -  Jerry Seinfeld
  

  Music is a safe kind of high.  
 -  Jimi Hendrix
  

  Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it could only happen through music.  
 -  Jimi Hendrix
  

  I try to use my music to move these people to act.  
 -  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
  

  Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.  
 -  Jimmy Carter
  

  I call architecture frozen music.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  I like both kinds of music - country and western.  
 -  John Belushi
  

  If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that. I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast - but I'd try a revolver first.  
 -  Josh Billings
  

  Music is stored in our long-term memory. When we learn something through music, we tend to remember it longer and believe it more deeply.  
 -  Joyce Brothers
  

  Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  Fashion is like music - we all have to make our own tune.  
 -  Karl Lagerfeld
  

  Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. It was music. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization.  
 -  Kurt Vonnegut
  

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

  Music is the shorthand of emotion.  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.  
 -  Luciano Pavarotti
  

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

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

  Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, it is the wine of a new procreation, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for men and makes them drunk with the spirit.  
 -  Ludwig von Beethoven
  

  I sometimes think the gods have united human beings by some mysterious principle, like the according notes of music. Or is it as Plato has supposed, that souls originally one have been divided, and each seeks the half it lost?  
 -  Lydia Maria Child
  

  Music has given me peace. I can remember occasions when music instantly tranquilized my mind, when I was greatly agitated over something. Music has helped me to overcome anger.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  An ecstasy is a thing that will not go into words; it feels like music.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Wagner's music is better than it sounds.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Within a few years a simple and inexpensive device, readily carried about, will enable one to receive on land or sea the principal news, to hear a speech, a lecture, a song or play of a musical instrument, conveyed from any other region of the globe.  
 -  Nikola Tesla
  

  The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven't seen the joke yet.  
 -  Oliver Herford
  

  The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.  
 -  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  

  Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.  
 -  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  

  I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I'm not proud of some of the things I've done in my life. I'm not proud of having a poor education. I'm not proud of being an alcoholic. I'm not proud of being a drug addict. I'm not proud of biting the head off a bat. But it could be worse. I could be Sting.  
 -  Ozzy Osbourne
  

  Without music, life is a journey through a desert.  
 -  Pat Conroy
  

  I'm always trying to do better music. I don't know if I've written my best song yet. That's the big question. It doesn't stop you trying.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard 'Heartbreak Hotel' I thought, this is it.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  What is too silly to be spoken can be sung.  
 -  Pierre de Beaumarchais
  

  Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.  
 -  Rabindranath Tagore
  

  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
  

  We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter.  
 -  Ringo Starr
  

  My boyfriend used to say, 'I read Playboy for the articles.' Right, and I go to shopping malls for the music.  
 -  Rita Rudner
  

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

  All rock 'n' roll singers sound like a nudist backing into a cold-nosed dog - set to music.  
 -  Robert Orben
  

  If politics were a musical, it would be 'Promises, Promises.'  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  Life is one grand sweet song so start the music.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  Music is love in search of a word.  
 -  Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  

  Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.  
 -  Steve Martin
  

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

  Karaoke bars combine two of the nation's greatest evils: people who shouldn't drink with people who shouldn't sing.  
 -  Tom Dreesen
  

  The most beautiful music in the world is your own heartbeat, it assures you that you will survive even when the whole world leaves you alone.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I don't need drugs or alcohol. Music is my addiction.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When you are happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you are sad you understand the lyrics..  
 -  Unknown
  

  Music is my escape from the bullshit in life.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Music is my drug and YouTube is my dealer.  
 -  Unknown
  

  If we all end up in prison one day for illegal music downloads, I can only hope that they divide us by music genres.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Dear music, I will never be able to thank you enough for always being there for me.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Restarting the whole song over just because you missed your favorite part.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Music is my life. The lyrics are my story.  
 -  Unknown
  

  My neighbors loved the music so much when I turned it up, that they invited the police to listen.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.  
 -  Victor Borge
  

  Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  There are three kinds of pianists: Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists and bad pianists.  
 -  Vladimir Horowitz
  

  I can't listen to too much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.  
 -  Woody Allen
  

  I have a big job in addition to music: to keep his voice going.  
 -  Yoko Ono