Music Quotes (1,000+ quotes)
The Rest is Silence - Music at Night and Other Essays (1931)
“Hopes rise and dreams flicker and die. Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday. Life is beautiful and living is pain. The sound of music floats down a dark street.”
―Hunter S. Thompson
Letter to Gerald Ching Tyrrell, (11 November 1956), p. 28 - The Proud Highway : The Fear and Loathing Letters Volume I (1997)
As quoted in "The Quotable Cat: A Collection of Quotes, Facts, and Lore for Feline Fanciers" (Running PressBook Pub, 1992), p. 13. Probably apocryphal.
“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.”
Addressing an audience at Carnegie Hall, as quoted in The New York Times (11 May 1967); often this is quoted without the humorous final sentence.
“Rock and roll music, if you like it and if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.”
September 22, 1958. As reported in: "Elvis - Word for Word: What He Said, Exactly As He Said It" (1999) by Jerry Osborne, p. 99
“Folk music is not so much a body of art as it is a process, an attitude, and a way of life; its distinguishing features lie not within the songs themselves, but in the relations of those songs to a folk culture.”
The Singer of Folk Songs and His Conscience
As quoted in: "Bob Marley" (Virgin, 1997). And also in: The African Guardian, 1986