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Music Quotations 2 (Authors M to Z)

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

  1. "There are three things I was born with in this world, and there are three things I will have until the day I die-hope, determination, and song."
    --Miriam Makeba

  2. "There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect."
    -- Thomas Mann

  3. "Live for yourself, you will live in vain. Live for others, you will live again."
    -- Bob Marley, Pass It On

  4. "The road to life is rocky, and you may stumble too. So while you point your fingers, someone else is judging you."
    -- Bob Marley, Could You Be Loved

  5. "When one door is closed, don't you know many more is open."
    -- Bob Marley, Coming In From The Cold

  6. "I woke up this morning, smiled at the rising sun."
    -- Bob Marley, Three Little Birds

  7. "Your life is worth much more than gold."
    -- Bob Marley, Jammin'

  8. "Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight."
    -- Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up

  9. "You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time."
    -- Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up

  10. "If you know what your life is worth, you will look for yours on earth."
    -- Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up

  11. "Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality."
    -- Bob Marley, Wakeup And Live

  12. "Don't gain the world and loose your soul, wisdom is better than silver and gold."
    -- Bob Marley, Zion Train

  13. "Open your eyes and look within, are you satisfied with the life you're living?"
    -- Bob Marley, Exodus

  14. "Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."
    -- Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

  15. "Modern music is as dangerous as narcotics."
    -- Pietro Mascagni

  16. "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be."
    -- Abraham Maslow (1908-70) American psychologist, founder humanistic psychology

  17. "Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world."
    -- Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-72) Italian patriot, spurred movement for independent, unified Italy

  18. "We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of eachother everywhere."
    -- Tim Mcgraw

  19. "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say."
    -- Tim Mcgraw

  20. "If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them."
    -- Tim Mcgraw

  21. "Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously."
    -- Henry Miller

  22. "Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."
    -- Henry Miller (1891-1980) American writer

  23. "Those who danced where thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
    -- Angela Mončt

  24. "We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends."
    -- Alfred A. Montapert

  25. "I started making music because I could."
    -- Alanis Morissette

  26. "Writing a song doesn't heal things. Even if the song comes up with a solution, it's still only a theory. Going out and living my lyrics is a whole other deal. That takes courage. "
    -- Alanis Morissette

  27. "Music helps you find the truths you must bring into the rest of your life. "
    -- Alanis Morissette

  28. "Music is spiritual. The music business is not. "
    -- Van Morrison

  29. "Like everything else in nature, music is a becoming, and it becomes its full self, when its sounds and laws are used by intelligent man for the production of harmony, and so made the vehicle of emotion and thought."
    -- Theodore Mungers

  30. "My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music."
    -- Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977) Russian-born American writer, poet

  31. "I never have a realistic sense of self. I either think everything I do is terrible and I'm the worst guy on the planet, or from time to time I'll think I'm the greatest gift to music and the coolest guy who ever lived, but that happens maybe an hour out of the week. Some days I'm more concerned with how my hair looks than what my guitar sounds like."
    -- Dave Navarro

  32. "A good composer is slowly discovered a bad composer is slowly found out."
    -- Ernest Newman

  33. "Without music life would be a mistake."
    -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher

  34. "In music the passions enjoy themselves."
    -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher

  35. "We are the music makers. 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."
    -- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

  36. "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

  37. "You don't need any brains to listen to music."
    -- Luciano Pavarotti (b. 1935) Italian-born tenor whose notable operatic roles

  38. "You don't need any brains to listen to music."
    -- Luciano Pavarotti (b. 1935) Italian-born tenor whose notable operatic roles

  39. "Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world."
    -- William Lyon Phelps

  40. "Philosophy is the highest music."
    -- Plato (427?-347? BC) Greek philosopher, follower of Socrates

  41. "I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."
    --

  42. "Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside. "
    -- Elvis Presley

  43. "If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing."
    -- Zimbabwe Proverb

  44. "I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time."
    -- Bonnie Raitt

  45. "If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong."
    -- Simon Rattle

  46. "It's the music that kept us all intact, kept us from going crazy. "
    -- Lou Reed

  47. "The music business was not safe, but it was FUN. It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway."
    -- Lionel Richie

  48. "Music should never be harmless."
    -- Robbie Robertson

  49. "A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest."
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American diplomat, writer, US First Lady

  50. "Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music."
    -- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

  51. "All music is important if it comes from the heart. "
    -- Carlos Santana

  52. "Music is esentially useless, as is life."
    -- George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish-born American philosopher, writer

  53. "When I write songs I write for myself...I'm writing it as a form of expression, and hoping to find an audience, an audience that responds to music that is honest and lyrical and tells stories. "
    -- Patty Scialfa

  54. "Since it [architecture] is music in space, as it were a frozen music."
    -- Friedrich von Schelling (1775-1854)

  55. "Music is the key to the female heart."
    -- Johann G. Seume

  56. "The earth has music for those who listen."
    -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright, poet

  57. "We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music."
    --Barbara Sher

  58. "All day long, they lie in the sun, and when the sun goes down, they lie some more."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  59. "Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  60. "Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  61. "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  62. "Rock 'n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  63. "The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone. It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin-not sounding like them, but "playing" the voice like those instrumentalists."
    -- Frank Sinatra

  64. "Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains."
    -- John Philip Sousa

  65. "The best music... is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. "
    -- Bruce Springsteen

  66. "All I try to do is write music that feels meaningful to me, that has commitment and passion behind it."
    -- Bruce Springsteen

  67. "The new sound-sphere is global. It ripples at great speed across languages, ideologies, frontiers and races. The economics of this musical Esperanto is staggering. Rock and pop breed concentric worlds of fashion, setting and life-style. Popular music has brought with it sociologies of private and public manner, of group solidarity. The politics of Eden come loud."
    -- George Steiner

  68. "Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong."
    -- Harriet (Elizabeth) Beecher Stowe (1811-96) American writer

  69. "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
    -- Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

  70. "A good composer does not imitate; he steals."
    -- Igor Stravinsky

  71. "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead."
    --Igor Stravinsky

  72. "Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience."
    -- George Szell

  73. "In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain."
    --George Szell

  74. "The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet."
    -- Jeffrey Tate

  75. "I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play everyday, and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it."
    -- James Taylor

  76. "I don't find the songs; they find me. I just strum my guitar and wait for a lyric to come. "
    -- James Taylor

  77. "We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other."
    -- Lewis Thomas

  78. "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

  79. "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 (1817-62) American writer, author, naturalist

  80. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
    -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) American writer, author, naturalist

  81. "Music is the shorthand of emotion."
    -- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian writer, philosopher,

  82. "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
    --

  83. "When the mind is possessed of reality, it feels tranquil and joyous even without music or song, and it produces a pure fragrance even without incense or tea."
    -- Hung Tzu-ch'eng (1593-1665)

  84. "Those who hear not the music. . . think the dancers mad."
    -- Unknown

  85. "For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech."
    --Unknown

  86. "Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us."
    --Unknown

  87. "I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world."
    -- Peter Ustinov (b. 1921)

  88. "I believe in the power of music. To me, it isn't just a fad. This is a positive thing."
    -- Eddie Vedder

  89. "I write music with an exclamation point!"
    -- Richard Wagner (1813-83) German composer

  90. "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 B. Watts

  91. "Music is a medicine for many... Silence is a poison for some..."
    -- Jacqui Webb

  92. "Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains."
    -- Paul Whiteman

  93. "Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk."
    -- Oscar Wilde

  94. "Music at its essence is what gives us memories. "
    -- Stevie Wonder

  95. "A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no “future.”
    -- Henry M. Wriston President Emeritus, Brown University

  96. "There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it."
    -- Ron Wood

  97. "All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!"
    -- Yoko Ono

  98. "There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another."
    -- Frank Zappa

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