"Since singing is so good a thing, I wish all men would learn to sing." William Byrd, Psalmes, Sonets & Songs (1588)
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Great Quotes about Music

Inspirational Quotes

Confucius taught that: “To educate somebody, you should start with poems, emphasize ceremonies, and finish with music.”  He also wrote, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

Musical knowledge was a matter of higher learning. It is said that Confucius thought of the six most important subjects to study, studying music was second in importance only to the study of ritual or public ceremonies. He ranked music higher than the other four necessary subjects (archery, chariot-riding, calligraphy or writing, and computation or mathematics).

“Where words fail, music speaks.”  Hans Christian Andersen

“What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out.  That’s the reason for music.”  Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”  Leonard Berstein

Luther’s views on education were greatly influenced by his devotion to music. For example, he believed that teachers who were unable to sing were not worthy of teaching. Luther also felt that schoolboys should be instructed in singing each day after lunch. In this way, he felt that the students’ “moral, devotional, temperamental, and intellectual disposition” would be improved.  Martin Luther

“He who sings scares away his woes.”     Cervantes

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  Confucius

“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

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” Martin Luther

“When words leave off, music begins.”  Heinrich Heine

“To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable.”  Ludwig van Beethoven

Humorous Quotes

How many altos does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  ~  One to climb up the ladder and the rest to complain how high it is.

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings.”  Edward Gardner

“Never look at the trombones: it only encourages them.”  Richard Strauss

“If you see me up there on the stand smiling, I’m lost!”  Earl Hines

“In opera, there is always too much singing.”  Claude Debussy

“The opera is like a husband with a foreign title – expensive to support, hard to understand, and therefore a supreme social challenge.”  Cleveland Armory

“… supper being ended, and the musick bookes, according to the custome being brought to the table: the mistresse of the house presented mee with a part, earnestly requesting mee to sing. But when, after many excuses, I protested unfeighnedly that I could not: everie one began to wonder. Yea some whispered to the others, demanding how I was brought up.”  Thomas Morley (Plain and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, 1597)


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