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If music be the food of love, play on. 
~ William Shakespeare 

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. 
~ Thomas Carlyle 

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. 
~ Richard M. Nixon 

In music the passions enjoy themselves. 
~ Friedrich Nietzsche 

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony. 
~ Benjamin Britten 

It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created. 
~ Bruce Beresford 

It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do - write songs and sing them to people. 
~ Stevie Nicks 

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

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

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. 
~ Victor Hugo 

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. 
~ Herbie Hancock 

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. 
~ William Congreve 

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

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 
~ Ludwig van Beethoven 

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. 
~ Plato 

Music is a performance and needs the audience. 
~ Michael Tippett 

Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable. 
~ Billy Sheehan 

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. 
~ John Lennon 

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. 
~ Paul Simon 

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions. 
~ Jacques Barzun 

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. 
~ Aldous Huxley 

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. 
~ Jean Cocteau 

All music is beautiful. 
~ Billy Strayhorn 

Any good music must be an innovation. 
~ Les Baxter 

But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing. 
~ Bryan Ferry 

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. 
~ Kin Hubbard 

Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism. 
~ Howard Dietz 

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music. 
~ Isaac Stern 

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. 
~ Reba McEntire 

He has Van Gogh's ear for music. 
~ Billy Wilder 

Hell is full of musical amateurs. 
~ George Bernard Shaw 

I asked my daughter when she was 16, What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss. But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth. 
~ Ace Frehley 

I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds. 
~ Dizzy Gillespie 

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. 
~ Elvis Presley 

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 

I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play. 
~ Herb Alpert 

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 

I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs. 
~ Gary Cherone 

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed. 
~ B. B. King 

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. 
~ Gustav Mahler