100 Inspirational and Famous Music Quotes

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Music can change lives and thankfully there are music quotes that capture how music has affected everyone from Einstein to Taylor Swift. Find our favorite 100 inspiration and famous music quotes below.

  1. “People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” – Taylor Swift (Tweet This)
  2. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou (Tweet This)
  3. “Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once.” – Robert Browning (Tweet This)
  4. “Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” – G.K. Chesterton (Tweet This)
  5. “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 (Tweet This)
  6. “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Tweet This)
  7. “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” – William Shakespeare (Tweet This)
  8. “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 (Tweet This)
  9. “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tweet This)
  10. “Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed.” – Patrick Rothfuss (Tweet This)
  11. “Everything in me feels fluttering and free, like I could take off from the ground at any second. Music, I think, he makes me feel like music.” – Lauren Oliver (Tweet This)
  12. “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Tweet This)
  13. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius (Tweet This)
  14. “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” – Robert Fripp (Tweet This)
  15. “Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” – Douglas Adams (Tweet This)
  16. “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 (Tweet This)
  17. “Music is everybody’s business. It’s only the publishers who think people own it” – John Lennon (Tweet This)
  18. “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” – Ludwig van Beethoven (Tweet This)
  19. “My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” – Edith Sitwell (Tweet This)
  20. “Where words fail, music speaks.”  – Hans Christian Andersen (Tweet This)
  21. “Music sounds different to the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.” – Patrick Rothfuss (Tweet This)
  22. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran (Tweet This)
  23. “Music is an outburst of the soul.” – Frederick Delius (Tweet This)
  24. “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther (Tweet This)
  25. “Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche (Tweet This)
  26. “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley (Tweet This)
  27. “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” – Maria Augusta von Trapp (Tweet This)
  28. “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 (Tweet This)
  29. “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.”  – W.H. Auden (Tweet This)
  30. “Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein (Tweet This)
  31. “Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.” – Plato (Tweet This)
  32. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou (Tweet This)
  33. “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” – Sarah Dessen (Tweet This)
  34. “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 (Tweet This)
  35. “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 (Tweet This)
  36. “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits (Tweet This)
  37. “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” – Truman Capote (Tweet This)
  38. “I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” – Freddie Mercury (Tweet This)
  39. “Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”― – Oscar Wilde (Tweet This)
  40. “Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami (Tweet This)
  41. “When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann (Tweet This)
  42. “Music is the shorthand of emotion.”  – Leo Tolstoy (Tweet This)
  43. “If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.” – Anna Akhmatova (Tweet This)
  44. “Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.” – Napoléon Bonaparte (Tweet This)
  45. “If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare (Tweet This)
  46. “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” –  Ludwig van Beethoven (Tweet This)
  47. “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski (Tweet This)
  48. “Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Tweet This)
  49. “I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.” – Chuck Klosterman (Tweet This)
  50. “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ” – Lady Gaga (Tweet This)
  51. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo (Tweet This)
  52. “Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.” – Pat Conroy (Tweet This)
  53. “Love is friendship set to music.” – Jackson Pollock (Tweet This)
  54. “Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Tweet This)
  55. “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman (Tweet This)
  56. “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot (Tweet This)
  57. “Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” – Hans Christian Andersen (Tweet This)
  58. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu (Tweet This)
  59. “If I cannot fly, let me sing.” – Stephen Sondheim (Tweet This)
  60. “It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.” – George Eliot (Tweet This)
  61. “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”― – Jane Austen (Tweet This)
  62. “A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat (Tweet This)
  63. “There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.” – Arthur Conan Doyle (Tweet This)
  64. “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer (Tweet This)
  65. “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach (Tweet This)
  66. “The more you love,the more love you have to give.It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite…” – Christina Westover (Tweet This)
  67. “You have to, take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.” – Kelly White (Tweet This)
  68. “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 (Tweet This)
  69. “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” – Jane Swan (Tweet This)
  70. “Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson (Tweet This)
  71. “I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein (Tweet This)
  72. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato (Tweet This)
  73. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius (Tweet This)
  74. “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” – Frank Zappa (Tweet This)
  75. “Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” – Benjamin Disraeli (Tweet This)
  76. “I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” – Ludwig van Beethoven (Tweet This)
  77. “Music is my higher power” – Oliver James (Tweet This)
  78. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley (Tweet This)
  79. “Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono (Tweet This)
  80. “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 (Tweet This)
  81. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley (Tweet This)
  82. “Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” – Modest Mouse (Tweet This)
  83. “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” – Michael Jackson (Tweet This)
  84. “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp (Tweet This)
  85. “It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts. ” – Nic Sheff (Tweet This)
  86. “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein (Tweet This)
  87. “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” – Pablo Casals (Tweet This)
  88. “The only truth is music.”  – Jack Kerouac (Tweet This)
  89. “Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine (Tweet This)
  90. “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” – Lois Lowry (Tweet This)
  91. “No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” – Kurt Vonnegut (Tweet This)
  92. “If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” – Vera Nazarian (Tweet This)
  93. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy (Tweet This)
  94. “The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.” – William Shakespeare (Tweet This)
  95. “Music, my rampart and my only one.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay (Tweet This)
  96. “Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.”  – Kurt Vonnegut (Tweet This)
  97. “But I was not in the band, because I suffer from the kind of tone deafness that is generally associated with actual deafness” – John Green (Tweet This)
  98. “Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Tiffanie DeBartolo (Tweet This)
  99. “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” – Frank Zappa (Tweet This)
  100. “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan (Tweet This)

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