Leonard Bernstein Page

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

- Leonard Bernstein

Friedrich Nietzsche Page

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Source/Notes: Attributed
Albert Einstein Page

“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.... I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Viereck interview (1929)
Plato Page

“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

Source/Notes: Earliest attribution found in: The Pleasures of Life, Part II (1889) by Sir John Lubbock
Bob Newhart Page

“I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'.”

- Bob Newhart


Victor Hugo Page

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

- Victor Hugo

Source/Notes: William Shakespeare (1864), Part I, Book II, Chapter IV
Paul McCartney Page

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”

- Paul McCartney

Martin Luther Page

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”

- Martin Luther

Source/Notes: The Life of Luther Written by Himself (H.G. Bohn, 1862), p. 7
Bob Marley Page

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

- Bob Marley

Source/Notes: Song Lyrics - TrenchTown Rock (1973). Also quoted in the book: "Bob Marley: music, myth & the Rastas" (Carib-Arawak, 1976) by Henderson Dalrymple, p. 29.
Frank Zappa Page

“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

Source/Notes: Lyrics to the song Packard Goose on the album Joe's Garage: Act III (19 November 1979)


Aldous Huxley Page

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

- Aldous Huxley

Source/Notes: The Rest is Silence - Music at Night and Other Essays (1931)
Hunter S. Thompson Page

“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

Source/Notes: Letter to Gerald Ching Tyrrell, (11 November 1956), p. 28 - The Proud Highway : The Fear and Loathing Letters Volume I (1997)
Albert Schweitzer Page

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

- Albert Schweitzer

Source/Notes: As quoted in "The Quotable Cat: A Collection of Quotes, Facts, and Lore for Feline Fanciers" (Running PressBook Pub, 1992), p. 13. Probably apocryphal.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: Sermon at New Covenant Baptist Church, Chicago, Ill., 9 April 1967
John Adams Page

“I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelain.”

- John Adams

Source/Notes: Letter to Abigail Adams, 12 May 1780


Elvis Presley Page

“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.”

- Elvis Presley

Source/Notes: September 22, 1958. As reported in: "Elvis - Word for Word: What He Said, Exactly As He Said It" (1999) by Jerry Osborne, p. 99
Maya Angelou Page

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

- Maya Angelou