127 Music Quotes (Inspiration from Musicians)

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Best Music Quotes

How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?
How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations? Jane Swan
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white keys together.
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white keys together. Richard Nixon
Music can change the world because it can change people.
Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono 
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. John Erskine
There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. Sun Tzu
I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry or make you think.
I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry or make you think. Kenny Rogers
The only truth is music.
The only truth is music. Jack Kerouac
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix
I've found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.
I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow. Bryce W. Anderson
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. Thomas Carlyle
usiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. Steve Maraboli
A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.
A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good. Colbie Caillat
Can a mere song change a people's minds? I doubt that it is so. But a song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind.
Can a mere song change a people’s minds? I doubt that it is so. But a song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind. Elvis Costello
Music replays the past memories, awaken our forgotten worlds and make our minds travel.
Music replays the past memories, awaken our forgotten worlds and make our minds travel. Michael Bassey Johnson
Music is life itself.
Music is life itself. Louis Armstrong
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. Aaron Copland Music Quotes
Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.
Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music. Marcel Marceau
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb
Where words fail, music speaks.
Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen
Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you.
Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you. Andrew Lloyd Webber
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
If Music is a Place – then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.
If Music is a Place – then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. Vera Nazarin
Where words leave off, music begins.
Where words leave off, music begins. Heinrich Heine
Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning, there is mystery, i
Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning, there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile. Nicholas Sparks
Life and love go on, let the music play.
Life and love go on, let the music play. Johnny Cash
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on. John Keats
Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.
Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all. Josh Homme
You can cage the singer but not the song.
You can cage the singer but not the song. Harry Belafonte 

Inspirational Music Quotes

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blo
I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water. Ray Charles
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody. Joshua Logan
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. Charlie Parker
Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.
Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. Paul Simon
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.
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
Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.
Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me. Eddie Van Halen
Music is an outburst of the soul.
Music is an outburst of the soul. Frederick Delius
My music isn’t just music—it’s medicine.
My music isn’t just music—it’s medicine. Kanye West
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 every week.
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 every week. Charles Darwin
Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.
Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide. Pat Conroy
Music is the strongest form of magic.
Music is the strongest form of magic. Marilyn Manson
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. Victor Hugo Music Quotes
People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.
People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. Michael Jackson
The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.
The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. Pete Seeger
If I cannot fly, let me sing.
If I cannot fly, let me sing. Stephen Sondheim
Music is feeling. You can try to verbalize it. It really just hits you or it doesn’t.
Music is feeling. You can try to verbalize it. It really just hits you or it doesn’t. Gene Simmons
Music is everywhere. It’s in the air between us, waiting to be sung.
Music is everywhere. It’s in the air between us, waiting to be sung. David Levithan
If music be the food of love, play on.
If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare
Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. Robert G. Ingersoll
Without music, life would be a blank to me.
Without music, life would be a blank to me. Jane Austen
He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.
He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you. Hannah Harrington
I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.
I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments. John Barrowman
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.
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 moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven.
Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. Orson Scott Card
Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.
Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. Percy Bysshe Shelley
If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they'd be.
If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be. Lauren Myracle
People haven’t always been there for me, but music always has.
People haven’t always been there for me, but music always has. Taylor Swift
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. Robert Fripp
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Those who wish to sing always find a song. Unknown
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Pablo Casals
Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness
Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness. Jason Mraz
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach
The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex
The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable. H. Auden
I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it
I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. Igor Stravinsky
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. Emory Austin
Once again, she was free
Once again, she was free. Once again, she found peace. It was music that freed her soul from the dungeon of her mind. Wiss Auguste
My heart, which is so full to overflowing,
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. Martin Luther
Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words
Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones. Keith Richards
My ambition was to live like music
My ambition was to live like music. Mary Gaitskill
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie. John Milton
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. Leopold Stokowski
Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together. Edgar Winter
The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. Bruce Springsteen
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde
Music is love in search of a word.
Music is love in search of a word. Sidney Lanier
Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.
Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch. Debasish Mridha
If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.
If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing. J.M. Barrie
Music is the tool to express life—and all that makes a difference.
Music is the tool to express life—and all that makes a difference. Herbie Hancock
We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. Arthur O’Shaughnessy
The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.
The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers. Roy Ayers
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. Edward Bulwer Lytton

Quotes on the Importance of Music

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. Albert Einstein
Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.
Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. Maria von Trapp
Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.
Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. Elton John
The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with – nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape.
The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with – nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life. Rob Sheffield
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche
Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.
Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond. Ray Charles
Music doesn't get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there,
Music doesn’t get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there, makes you feel emotions that you didn’t necessarily know you had inside you and runs around waking them all up. A rebirth of sorts. Matt Haig
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley Music Quotes
When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad, you understand the lyrics.
When you’re happy, you enjoy the music but when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics. Frank Ocean
Music is healing. Music holds things together.
Music is healing. Music holds things together. Prince
Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have.
Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have. Alex Gaskarth
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. Alphonse de Lamartine
Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
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
When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.
When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. Alan Watts
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Music is the universal language of mankind. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
usic does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to th
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening. Aretha Franklin
Even if you can’t sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing.
Even if you can’t sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing. Rebbe Nachman
He who sings frightens away his ills.
He who sings frightens away his ills. Miguel de Cervantes
That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.
That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons. Dave Grohl
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. Frank Zappa
Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.
Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize. Napoleon Bonaparte
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats.
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats. Albert Schweitzer
Music is the soundtrack of your life.
Music is the soundtrack of your life. Dick Clark
Music can change the world.
Music can change the world. Ludwig van Beethoven
Music should be your escape.
Music should be your escape. Missy Elliot
Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.
Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought. Yip Harburg
I believe that a person's taste in music tells you a lot about them. In some cases, it tells you everything you need to know.
I believe that a person’s taste in music tells you a lot about them. In some cases, it tells you everything you need to know. Leila Sales
I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.
I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation. Criss Jami
For me, there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.
For me, there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall. Eric Clapton
Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.
Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. Sarah Dessen
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu
Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.
Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking. Nina Simone
Music is the emotional life of most people.
Music is the emotional life of most people. Leonard Cohen
Music does not replace words, it gives tone to the words.
Music does not replace words, it gives tone to the words. Elie Wiesel
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. George Eliot
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. Kahlil Gibran
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato
Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.
Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape. Shania Twain
Music should be an essential part of every analysis.
Music should be an essential part of every analysis. Carl Jung
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerbach
Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein
The world’s most famous and popular language is music.
The world’s most famous and popular language is music. PSY
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.
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
Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.
Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts. Billy Joel

Summary

Have you ever been listening to some music and instantly been transported to another place or time? That’s because music has the ability to make us feel. We might remember something happy when we hear a certain song; looking up top Billboard hits from past years might take us down memory lane. It can be fun to remember music from our youth, a special dance shared at a wedding, or songs from a party with friends.

Music might comfort us when we are troubled. Soothing music may help us to meditate and focus. Research from the MARCS Institute has even shown that music can help maximize our ability to learn. Listening to soft music is a good way to focus when working and help make us more productive.

Different people like to experience music in different ways. Some like to listen quietly using headphones, while some might like louder music while driving in a car. For some people, music can be personal and something they want to experience by themselves. But many people like to enjoy music with others, and may like to experience music in live performances and concerts.

Making playlists with mixes of music is a fun way to explore new songs. You can choose your favorite songs from a certain year that bring back good memories, or you can make a playlist of upbeat music to help keep you going during a workout. You can make a playlist for a friend and include songs that make you think of them. This would be a meaningful and unique gift to receive! Apps like Amazon Music, Apple Music, or Spotify can make it easy to build a share a playlist of any kind of music. 

Whether it is classical music, jazz, rock, pop, country, ethnic, or traditional music, there are styles and sounds for everyone. Listening to various types of music can help expand your horizons and experience other cultures that you may not otherwise be able to connect with. No matter how or why you listen to music, music is truly a universal language for us all.

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