Music Quotes

 A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon; The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a jag-time tune; Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew, And watching his luck was his light-o'-love, the lady that's known as Lou. When out of the night, which was fifty below, and into the din and the glare, There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty, and loaded for bear. He looked like a man with a foot in grave, and scarcely the strength of a louse, Yet he tilted a poke of dust on the bar, and he called for drinks for the house. There was none could place the stranger's face, though we searched ourselves for a clue; But we drank his health, and the last to drink was Dangerous Dan McGrew. 
Author: Robert W. Service
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 January 1874  - d. 11 September 1958
  
 A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music - that would be rest. 
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1884  - d. 7 November 1962
  
 A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. 
Author: Stanley Kubrick
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1928  - d. 07 March 1999
  
 A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no future. 
Author: Henry Merritt Wriston
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1978
  
 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. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be. 
Author: Abraham Maslow
Nationality: American
b. December 1908  - d.  December 1970
  
 A musicologist is a person who can read music but can't hear it. 
Author: Sir Thomas Beecham
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1879  - d. 8 March 1961
  
 A-wop-bop-a-loo--bop-a-lop-bam-boom. 
Author: Little Richard
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1932
  
 After my recent brush with voicelessness, I thought I'd share with you a few thoughts about speech. Don't take it lightly my friends. If music is the pathway to the heart as Voltaire suggested, then speech is the pathway to other people. Live in silence and you live alone. 
Author: Henry Bromel
Nationality: American   
 Age is...wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here! 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Ah, take the cash in hand and waive the rest; Oh, the brave music of a distant drum! 
Author: Edward Fitzgerald
Nationality: English
b. 31 March 1809  - d. 14 June 1883
  
 All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music. 
Author: Walter Horatio Pater
Nationality: English
b. 04 August 1839  - d. 30 July 1894
  
 All men of action are dreamers. 
Author: James Gibbons Huneker
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1860  - d. 09 February 1921
  
 All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 All the sounds of the earth are like music. 
Author: Oscar Hammerstein II
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 23 August 1960
  
 And music lifted up the listening spirit Until it walked, exempt from mortal care, Godlike, o'er the clear billows of sweet sound. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 And Music shall untune the sky. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 And the night shall be filled with music and the cares, that infest the day, shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 Architecture is frozen music. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 As some to church repair, Not for the doctrine but the music there. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 At every step of the way, George W. Bush has put the narrow interests of the few ahead of the interests of most Americans. 
Author: John Forbes Kerry
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1943
  
 Be careful of something that's just what you want it to be. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 But I struck one chord of music, Like the sound of a great Amen. 
Author: Adelaide Ann Procter
Nationality: English
b. 30 October 1825  - d. 2 February 1864
  
 Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 Chess, like love, like music, can make man happy. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune. 
Author: Kin Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1930
  
 Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. 
Author: Og Mandino
Nationality: American
b. December 1923  - d.  December 1996
  
 Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 Disco is to music what Etch-A-Sketch is to art. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Do we really want to know how Michael Jackson makes his music? No. We want to understand why he needs the bones of the Elephant Man - and, until he tells us, it doesn't make too much difference whether or not he really is ''bad.'' 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 During the overture you hoped it would be good. During the first number you hoped it would be good. After that, you just hoped it would be over. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows Like harmony in music; there is a dark Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles Discordant elements, makes them cling together In one society. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself, the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. 
Author: Sir Noël Coward
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1899  - d. 26 March 1973
  
 Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. 
Author: George Jean Nathan
Nationality: American
b. 14 February 1882  - d. 8 April 1958
  
 Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 He has Van Gogh's ear for music. 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 He that lives in hope dances without music. 
Author: George Herbert
Nationality: Welsh
b. 3 April 1593  - d. 1 March 1633
  
 He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 How sour sweet music is When time is broke and no proportion kept! So is it in the music of men's lives. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work. 
Author: Mary Cassatt
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1844  - d. 14 June 1926
  
 I am never merry when I hear sweet music. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage. What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you. 
Author: Paula Giddings
Nationality: African-American
b. December 1947
  
 I call architecture frozen music. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 I cried for madder music and stronger wine, But when the feast is finished and the lamps expire, Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.... 
Author: Ernest Christopher Dowson
Nationality: English
b. December 1867  - d.  December 1900
  
 I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 'I don't', she added, 'know anything about music, really. But I know what I like'. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 I hate music, especially when it's played. 
Author: Jimmy Durante
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1893  - d. 29 January 1980
  
 I have a reasonable good ear in music; let us have the tongs and bones. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing often times The still, sad music of humanity. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 I improvised, crazed by the music. Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone. 
Author: Anita Baker
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 I know canned music makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator? 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I love a ballad, mellow and blue, I love songs I believe in while I sing to you. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I see music as the augmentation of a split second of time. 
Author: Erin Cleary
Nationality: American   
 I think a poem (also) is a dream, a dream which you are willing to share with the community. It happens a writer often doesn't understand a poem until some months after he's written it -- just as a dreamer doesn't understand a dream. Being a poet in the United States has meant for me years of confusion, blundering, and self-doubt. The confusion lies in not knowing whether I am writing in the American language or the English or, more exactly, how much of the musical power of Chaucer, Marvell, and Keats can be kept in free verse. Not knowing how to live, or even how to make a living, results in blunders. And the self-doubt comes from living in small towns. 
Author: Robert Elwood Bly
Nationality: American
b. 223 December 1926
  
 I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball. 
Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 April 1952
  
 I was raised in a household where I read Nietzsche and Dostoevsky and Kant, and I was never taught that my mind was feminine. I'm aware that my body is. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I'll sleep when I'm dead. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 If I were a youth today and only had this shitty pop music to listen to I would have become an architect. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.  
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 If people are highly successful in their professions they lose their senses. Sight goes. The have no time to look at pictures. Sound goes. They have no time to listen to music. Speech goes. They have no time for conversation. They lose their sense of proportion-the relations between one thing and another. Humanity goes. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. 
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1913  - d. 22 April 1994
  
 In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 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. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit - enable them to see visions and dream dreams. 
Author: Eric Anderson
Nationality: English
b. 27 May 1936
  
 It is the little rift within the lute, That by and by will make the music mute, And ever widening slowly silence all. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. 
Author: Walter Lippmann
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1889  - d. 14 December 1974
  
 It's what the whole world should do. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Jazz is the folk music of the machine age. 
Author: Paul Whiteman
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1890  - d. 29 December 1967
  
 Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells. 
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1809  - d. 7 October 1849
  
 Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Language, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Look at the stars sometimes. They are only notes They are music. 
Author: Pat Conroy
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1945
  
 Lord, won't you buy me a color TV? 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever. 
Author: June Masters Bacher
Nationality: American   
 Men, like musical instruments, seem made to be played upon. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 Modern music is people who can't think signing artists who can't write songs to make records for people who can't hear. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is. 
Author: Samual Pepys
Nationality: English
b. December 1633  - d.  December 1703
  
 Music can noble hints impart, engender fury, kindle love, with unsuspected eloquence can move and manage all the man with secret art. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Music can't change the world. 
Author: Bob Geldof
Nationality: Irish
b. 05 October 1951
  
 Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 Music helps not the toothache. 
Author: George Herbert
Nationality: Welsh
b. 3 April 1593  - d. 1 March 1633
  
 Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Music is a higher revelation than philosophy. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilised into time And tune. 
Author: Thomas Fuller
Nationality: English
b. December 1608  - d. 16 August 1661
  
 Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul... 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Music is the harmonious voice of creation; An echo of the invisible world.... 
Author: Giuseppe Mazzini
Nationality: Italian
b. 22 June 1805  - d. 10 March 1872
  
 Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. 
Author: Henry Erskine
Nationality: Scottish
b. 1 November 1746  - d. 8 October 1817
  
 Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Music is the poetry of the air. 
Author: Jean Paul Richter
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1763  - d. 14 December 1825
  
 Music is the shorthand of emotion. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 Music is the universal language of mankind. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Music is well said to be the speech of angels. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. 
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 Music must be seen, and dance must be heard. 
Author: George Balanchine
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 January 1904  - d. 30 April 1983
  
 Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 Music resembles poetry: In each are nameless graces which no methods teach And which a master-hand alone can reach. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Music should strike fire from the heart of man, And bring tears from the eyes of woman. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 Music was a thing of the soul - A rose-lipped shell that murmured the eternal sea - A strange bird singing the songs of another shore. 
Author: Josiah Holland
Nationality: American
b. December 1819  - d.  December 1881
  
 Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. 
Author: Berthold Auerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 February 1812  - d. 8 February 1882
  
 Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 My music is best understood by children and animals. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. 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. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 On pregnancy: I was slowly taking on the dimensions of a chest of drawers. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent. For example, music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf. 
Author: Baruch Spinoza
Nationality: Dutch
b. 24 November 1632  - d. 21 February 1677
  
 Only sick music makes money today. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine matter. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 People in the United States still have a 'Tarzan' movie view of Africa. That's because in the movies all you see are jungles and animals ... We [too] watch television and listen to the radio and go to dances and fall in love. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Poetry is a comforting piece of fiction set to more or less lascivious music. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Poetry we will call Musical Thought. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Since I am coming to that Holy room, Where, with thy Quire of Saints for evermore, I shall be made thy Music; As I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think now before. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress. 
Author: Claude Lévi-Strauss
Nationality: French
b. 28 November 1908
  
 So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water is to the body. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1841  - d. 6 March 1935
  
 Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much inlaying the hands on the strings to stop their vibrations As in twanging them to bring out their music. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 That rich celestial music thrilled the air From hosts on hosts of shining ones, who thronged Eastward and westward, making bright the night. 
Author: Edwin Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 10 June 1832  - d. 24 March 1904
  
 The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung. 
Author: Phillips Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 13 December 1835  - d. 23 January 1893
  
 The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn. 
Author: David Russell
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1953
  
 The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The manner in which Americans ''consume'' music has a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie - it's consumed that way without any regard for how and why it's made. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 The most beautiful music of all is the music of what happens. 
Author: Irish Proverb
Nationality: American   
 The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 The music that can deepest reach, And cure all ill, is cordial speech. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The music, yearning like a God in pain. 
Author: John Keats
Nationality: English
b. 31 October 1795  - d. 23 February 1821
  
 The musical emotion springs precisely from the fact that at each moment the composer withholds or adds more or less than the listener anticipates on the basis of a pattern that he thinks he can guess, but that he is incapable of wholly divining. If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. When the composer withholds less, the opposite occurs: he forces us to perform gymnastic exercises more skillful than our own. 
Author: Claude Lévi-Strauss
Nationality: French
b. 28 November 1908
  
 The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 The new church will be founded on moral science. Poets, artists, musicians, philosophers, will be its prophet teachers. The noblest literature of the world will be its Bible - love and labor its holy sacraments - and instead of worshiping one savior, we will gladly build an altar in the heart for every one who has suffered for humanity. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky. 
Author: Solomon Short
Nationality: American   
 The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 The show had two strikes against it. One was that you couldn't hear half of it. The other was the half you could hear. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 The trouble with real life is that there's no danger music. 
Author: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Nationality: American
b. 11 November 1974
  
 The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music... Bodies never lie. 
Author: Agnes de Mille
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1905  - d. 07 October 1993
  
 The wedding bell upon the Hill Is crying out my name, And though I love its music, still 'Tis but a curfew to my flame. 
Author: Leon Gellert
Nationality: American   
 The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' 
Author: Aaron Copland
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1900  - d. 2 December 1990
  
 The world is full of poetry.- The air is living with its spirit; And the waves dance to the music of its melodies, And sparkle in its brightness. 
Author: James Percival
Nationality: American
b. December 1795  - d.  December 1856
  
 There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music. 
Author: Jim Robert Davis
Nationality: American
b. 28 July 1945
  
 There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women. 
Author: Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
Nationality: French
b. 11 February 1657  - d. 09 January 1757
  
 There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 There certainly is some connection between Love and Music and Poetry. I never had the least thought or inclination of turning Poet till I once got heartily in love, and then rhyme and song were, in a manner, the spontaneous language of my heart. 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but Nature more. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. 
Author: M. Aumonier
Nationality: English   
 There is however, a true music of Nature - the song of the Birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea. 
Author: Sir John Lubbock
Nationality: English
b. 30 April 1834  - d. 28 May 1913
  
 There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion. 
Author: Thomas Browne
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1605  - d. 19 October 1682
  
 There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music. 
Author: John Keats
Nationality: English
b. 31 October 1795  - d. 23 February 1821
  
 There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. 
Author: Thomas Mann
Nationality: German
b. 06 June 1875  - d. 12 August 1955
  
 There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things, if men had ears: Their earth is but an echo of the spheres. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. 
Author: Izaak Walton
Nationality: English
b. 9 August 1593  - d. 15 December 1683
  
 Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. 
Author: William Lyon Phelps
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1865  - d. 21 August 1943
  
 Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music. 
Author: Diogenes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 412  - d.  December 323
  
 To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music.Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other. 
Author: Jack Handey
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 Today they build studios with almost complete isolation on each musician. They sit in little cages and listen on headphones. In my opinion, that's not so good for the creative process. We used to gather around the piano, run over the tunes a few times, and the musicians would get ideas for fills or for rhythm licks, and that was more fun. I know that still goes on, but it's not the same. 
Author: Chet Atkins
Nationality: American
b. 20 June 1924  - d. 30 June 2001
  
 Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music. 
Author: Nikki Harris
Nationality: Russian   
 Wagner's music is better than it sounds. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 We - Are we not formed, as notes of music are, For one another, though dissimilar? 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. 
Author: Someone at Decca Records.
Nationality: English   
 We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the American flag, and keep step to the music of the Union. 
Author: Rufus Choate
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1799  - d. 13 July 1859
  
 We rarely hear the inward music, but we're all dancing to it nevertheless. 
Author: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi
Nationality: Persian
b. 30 September 1207  - d. 17 December 1273
  
 We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends. 
Author: Alfred A. Montapert
Nationality: American
b. December 1910
  
 What good are vitamins? Eat a lobster, eat a pound of caviar - live! If you are in love with a beautiful blond with an empty face and no brains at all, don't be afraid. Marry her! Live! 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point. 
Author: Maria Callas
Nationality: American
b. 2 December 1923  - d. 16 September 1977
  
 When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 When thunder comes it relieves the tension and promotes positive action. Music can do the same by making people enthusiastic and united together. When used to promote good it brings them closer to heaven. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 When we are young, friends are, like everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it means to have them. 
Author: Edward Hagerup Grieg
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 15 June 1843  - d. 04 September 1907
  
 Where else in the world are jockeys more revered than musicians or scientists? Where else in the world are the people's clubs dependent for their existence on poker machines? Where else in the world is a famous racehorse stuffed and enshrined in a museum? 
Author: Frank Hardy
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 April 1917  - d. 28 January 1994
  
 Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong. 
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nationality: American
b. 14 June 1811  - d. 1 July 1896
  
 Where words fail, music speaks. 
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Nationality: Danish
b. 2 April 1805  - d. 4 August 1875
  
 Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 Without music, life is a journey through a desert 
Author: Pat Conroy
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1945
  
 Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. 
Author: Edgar Yipsel Harburg
Nationality: American
b. 08 April 1896  - d. 04 March 1981
  
 You are the music while the music lasts. 
Author: T. S. Eliot
Nationality: British
b. 26 September 1888  - d. 4 January 1965
  
 You see, eventually your music will help put an end to war and poverty, it will align the planets and bring them into universal harmony, allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 It's more scary but a little more fulfilling than music to me because music is audio excitement, but film is more dramatic. 
Author: Ice T
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1958
  
 I am very happy that I was able to play a part in bringing music from the streets onto the radio and into modern culture, I worked very hard and always believed in the sounds I was creating. 
Author: Ice T
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1958
  
 And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 I was playing nothing but gypsy music the whole time I was making the film. I was just obsessed with the stuff. 
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 The musical, Hair, was at the time very smart because it got to that basic element of this dividing line in society... which was hair. 
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 The only time you get to see something interesting occasionally is music videos but even they've become boring, they seem more and more the same.  
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, and words and thoughts; daily forgivenesses, unselfishness, kindnesses, sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others, struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial. Oh, it is these, like the blending colors in a picture or the blending notes of music which constitute the man. 
Author: John Ross Macduff
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1818  - d.  December 1895
  
 I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. 
Author: Harry A. Overstreet
Nationality: American   
 The melancholy of a bass voice, now mourning alone, now in company with other voices or with music, was altogether fine; as fine as a bird or poem.  
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration. 
Author: Robert Moses
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1888  - d. 29 July 1981
  
 Like the East Side tenement, our house was seldom without the sound of music or laughter or questions being asked or stories being told. 
Author: Harpo Marx
Nationality: American
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1964
  
 I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 A good composer does not imitate; he steals 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I am an inventor of music. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love? 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being? 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.  
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Silence will save me from being wrong and foolish, but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 What force is more potent than love? 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 When I discovered that I had been made custodian of this gift, in my earliest childhood, I pledged myself to God to be worthy of it, but I have received uncovenanted mercies all my life. The custodian has too often kept faith on his all-too-worldly terms. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 The music and TV business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. 
Author: Truman Capote
Nationality: American
b. 30 September 1924  - d. 25 October 1984
  
 Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is the mediator between spiritual and sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is the key to the female heart. 
Author: Johann Gottfried Seume
Nationality: German
b. 29 January 1763  - d. 13 June 1810
  
 To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make. 
Author: Truman Capote
Nationality: American
b. 30 September 1924  - d. 25 October 1984
  
 I am just glad that I can take the music to the people who want to hear it. I love my audiences. I am deeply indebted to them for giving me the chance to sing my concerts, make records, and do what I love. Whatever people call it, it is great to have a voice! 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 I am glad so many women singers are being heard in music today. It is healthy for music. Healthy because it means a lot of men are listening! 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 I am always thinking about new music, new records, new books, and new songs. I just wrote a new song about New York for my friend Jacques D'Amboise, who runs the National Dance Institute. I write a song for the dancers every year or so. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 I had this deep, bassy voice! But I had incredible passion for the music I was singing. That was what drove me. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 Most of what we take as being important is not material, whether it's music or feelings or love. They're things we can't really see or touch. They're not material, but they're vitally important to us. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 Music is always occurring. It is just a matter of marketing, attention, and many other factors, that determines whether people will hear these songs or not. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 These voices came out of the box, as well as music and news and drama. You still had the soap operas on the radio in those days. 
Author: Bob Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1947
  
 This isn't about the money. This is just for me. I love music. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 We'd start working on the music and then the melody would take me where the lyrics needed to go. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano, and I never really played them again. 
Author: Matt Damon
Nationality: American
b. 08 October 1970
  
 Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do - can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do. 
Author: Barbara Sher
Nationality: American   
 I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University. 
Author: Alan Greenspan
Nationality: American
b. 06 March 1926
  
 A serious and composed young actress who won't let a line pass without making certain she's had it in for a private talk and perhaps tea. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Harpo Marx looks like a musical comedy. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 He wove a great web of knowledge, linking everything together, and sat modestly at a switchboard at the center, eager to help. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Seymour Peck's editorial hand ranged far, wide and deep, touching lightly but expertly He seemed less an editor of any sort than the very best sort of guardian angel. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Reviewers must normally function as huff-and-puff artists blowing laggard theatergoers stageward. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 It has an air about it of having strolled in from the street with a few tricks up its sleeve, and if everybody would relax, please, it would do its best to pass the time whimsically. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Wherever it came from, the musical came with its hair mussed and with an innocent, indolent, irreverent look on its bright, bland face. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 My songwriting and my style became more complex as I listened, learned, borrowed and stole and put my music together. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I loved old black and white movies, especially the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. I loved everything about them - the songs, the music, the romance and the spectacle. They were real class and I knew that I wanted to be in that world. 
Author: Sharon Stone
Nationality: American
b. 10 March 1958
  
 My dad was in the music business. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 The house smelled of brisket and bourbon. That's the music I grew up on. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 So, I grew up amongst jazz musicians. 
Author: Billy Crystal
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1948
  
 Well, we play Country music; we're just not sure what country it is. 
Author: Jerry Walker
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1942
  
 But for the children of the poorest people we're stripping the curriculum, removing the arts and music, and drilling the children into useful labor. We're not valuing a child for the time in which she actually is a child. 
Author: Jonathan Kozol
Nationality: American
b. 05 September 1936
  
 I listen to music constantly while writing. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.  
Author: Jacques Martin Barzun
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1907
  
 I do not think that I shall ever consider music as a serious occupation instead of a recreation. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Rock and roll music - the music of freedom, frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.  
Author: Andre Malraux
Nationality: French
b. 3 November 1901  - d. 23 November 1976
  
 I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia. 
Author: William Saroyan
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1908  - d. 18 May 1981
  
 Truly fertile music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a music conducive to dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate reason. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 And I learned all about the other blues cats from John Hammond's Vanguard records.Mutineer is the first album of mine without a demo stage. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 And I think it's safe to say that the single very impressive figure to me was Merle Haggard. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 And if I have any self-mythologizing idea of myself, it's that I'm this sort of homeless, Graham Greene kind of character. Which is not so far from the truth. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 And my ex-wife and I thought we should do something interesting while we were young, before we settled into any kind of groove 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 But I can't say that I didn't like John Hammond's performances often better than the originals. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 But there's a thin line between songwriting and arranging. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 David Marks. He was one of the original, original Beach Boys. But he like wasn't a close enough cousin or something. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects, and touring projects, for the past decade. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Dylan can do no wrong. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Dylan doesn't have to make Blonde On Blonde every time. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Everywhere I go, I have my little Steinberger, and I like it very well. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Glenn Gould was my hero. Glenn Gould was my idol. I loved him. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I also told John Hammond this, 20 years later - to his exquisite embarrassment - that he was like this incredible, overwhelming influence on me. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I don't learn so good, no matter how good the teacher is. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I don't like piano solos. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I had a good guitar, and I was a young, young kid. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 So, I met Stravinsky, and talked to him and sat with him. But in no way was I like friends with him or anything. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I mean, I haven't been completely lacking in some enjoyment of Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly. But I just didn't pay attention to that period of music, obviously. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 So I have, in fact, never played a piano solo but that it was also a guitar solo 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 So I guess I had, I think they tell me I had, about three years total of piano lessons, off and on. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I have no guitar technique. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I loved Hendrix. I mean, really, really loved him. As if he were one of the great classical composers. And he was. That's how I saw him. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I remember certain lines and whose they are. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Recording at home enables one to eliminate the demo stage, and the presentation stage in the studio, too. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I wish I sang better. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I missed jazz, kind of. And by the time I came to it in life, it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Piano is like drudgery. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 My memory is not even what most people's is, much less what it oughta be for a discussion like this. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I'm not a big jazz fan. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 My first album is like a terrible John Hammond album, with drums. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 It took me 10 years to realize that I don't know 'em, 10 years to realize that it's possible to learn them, then another 10 years to learn how to do things. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 I played a lot of real normal, straight sessions. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 My father was a boxer, though. So, I have a particular interest in Ray Mancini, I think. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Yeah, I don't like, um, I'm not interested in rock 'n' roll piano. I find it a little grating. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 When I started working for the Everly Brothers, I realized that I had liked them. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Well, I was interested in playing the piano from as early as I can remember.  
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Well, I don't think it ever did, but in the early '60s I got interested in folk music. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 The primary one being, like I said, I don't like rock 'n' roll piano. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 The first few albums I bought, I guess around high school age, I had a John Lee Hooker album and a Bo Diddley album, and then some singles. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 That's my only active wish. I think if I sang like Don Henley, this would be a lot more agreeable business. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 You had to go to a different part of town from where I was to get Muddy Waters singles. I had him on singles. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Now, the band that inspired that great saying, "Stop The Music!!" 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior. 
Author: Anicius Manilius Severinus Boethius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 480  - d.  December 525
  
 Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread. Now that I am without you, all is desolate; all that was once so beautiful is dead. 
Author: Conrad Aiken
Nationality: American
b. 5 August 1889  - d. 17 August 1973
  
 All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song. 
Author: Louis Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1901  - d. 6 July 1971
  
 Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them. 
Author: Louis Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1901  - d. 6 July 1971
  
 The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago. 
Author: Louis Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1901  - d. 6 July 1971
  
 There is two kinds of music the good and bad. I play the good kind. 
Author: Louis Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1901  - d. 6 July 1971
  
 Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try. 
Author: Mary Kay Ash
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1918  - d. 22 November 2001
  
 My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them. 
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1685  - d. 28 July 1750
  
 It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.  
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1685  - d. 28 July 1750
  
 Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. 
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1685  - d. 28 July 1750
  
 The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. 
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1685  - d. 28 July 1750
  
 Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. 
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Nationality: German
b. 21 March 1685  - d. 28 July 1750
  
 Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer.  
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.  
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 What would become of all historical biography if it was written only with consideration for other peoples' feelings? 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Music is an experience, and people should experience it on their own. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 Teen pop will never die as long as there are teens and popular music. It just takes a different head. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 I think the women - Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu - are doing new conceptual things and using their voices to create new American music. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 But my generation realized we could write our own music and develop our own styles. In my case, being around rock and roll. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I love all kinds of music.I remember that San Quentin show as one of the most powerful experiences of my life. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 So I think after taking a hiatus for some years and coming back, I'm finding my voice and my place again in the world of music around me. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.' 
Author: President Barack Hussein Obama
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1961
  
 Music tells no truths. 
Author: Philip James Bailey
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1816  - d. 6 September 1902
  
 I really didn't try to make an effort to make urban music, but I am a product of my inspirations. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 In the past five years I've become so much more open to rock music. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 That's the beauty of where music has gone: There are so many different flavors to pick from. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 From the time I moved to San Francisco in 1967 to play with the Steve Miller Band, there was a lot of support in the music community for one cause or another, but this one was special because it was put on by people who understood where musicians' hearts are. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I guess my blues background has led me to singers like Ray Charles and Bobby Bland, T-Bone Walker. Those kind of musicians from that era. They have certainly drifted into the American songbook from time to time. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I really just followed my musical instincts every step of my life. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I've been listening to all kinds of music, including jazz, ever since I was a kid in the mid-50s. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 My parents were music lovers and collectors. It was around.  
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 Quite frankly, I've always listened to the black side of the radio dial. Where I grew up, there was a lot of it and there was a lot of live music around. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 So I pursued those for a while, and after some time, the music really became a calling to me, just as it was when I was a kid. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I've been in the rock world and blues and rhythm and blues in an area of Texas where there was a lot of live music. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 This is a cause that musicians can take to heart because one of our main reasons for being is to share our music with other people, and this takes us to people who probably wouldn't otherwise get to hear music on quite this level. 
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 A symphony is no joke. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 I think the industry is oblivious to the fact that most people listen to all kinds of stuff. I personally don't know of anyone who listens to only one genre of music. It's vanity because no one does. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 My father's record collection was all country. That's how I was exposed to it. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 I've always been a pretty private, quiet kind of person and so I haven't had to change my life really at all, I don't think. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 You're always in a different headspace when you make each record, so hopefully they're all different. You just pick up things that you wish you hadn't done on the first one. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 It can get a little costly if you try and leave it until then to write songs. But you're writing all the time. You're collecting songs. I've had songs that have been collected over a two-year period for my next record. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 Once we get into the groove, we're kind of like long-distance runners - that adrenalin kicks in for me and I just keep running - and I don't stop!  
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 It's not the case of turning in a bunch of songs and recording the next month. I think you're looking for songs all year long and you're writing all year long. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 They're mostly done before we went into the studio, although I do like writing in the studio.  
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 It's something I've always loved doing. I'm not one of the artists who comes in and just does my bit. I'm there every second of every day. That's my hands-on situation. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 We go to Australia with LeAnn Rimes for a couple of weeks in October. We have a lot of shows between now and the end of the year. 
Author: Keith Urban
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 October 1967
  
 Sometime in my sixteenth year I decided I wanted to be in public life as an elected official. I loved music and thought I could be very good, but I knew I would never be John Coltrane or Stan Getz. I was interested in medicine and thought I could be a fine doctor, but I knew I would never be Michael DeBakey. But I knew I could be great in public service. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food. 
Author: Francis Ford Coppola
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1939
  
 If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong. 
Author: Aaron Copland
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1900  - d. 2 December 1990
  
 So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning. 
Author: Aaron Copland
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1900  - d. 2 December 1990
  
 To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. 
Author: Aaron Copland
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1900  - d. 2 December 1990
  
 I feel that every audience is different, and I just really talk to people about what's in my head and heart and how I relate to the music that night. 
Author: Rita Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1945
  
 I've got my whole life. There's a lifetime of experience, a lifetime of experiencing the road and the music and different players. It makes me a richer human being. I have a greater source of information to tap into, a wealth of life. 
Author: Rita Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1945
  
 It's a musical featuring the songs of Billie Holiday. I'll be narrating and singing three songs in the show. I couldn't tell you which three, yet.  
Author: Rita Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1945
  
 When I sang that song, I felt it was almost as if some force had moved into my body. Things like that have only happened to me singing jazz. It doesn't happen when singing pop. I get so deeply into the music, it feels like I've become someone else. 
Author: Rita Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1945
  
 If the price is very cheap then it's almost certainly a fake. 
Author: David Russell
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1953
  
 Life to me is a journey - you never know what may be your next destination. 
Author: David Russell
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1953
  
 We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic. 
Author: David Russell
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1953
  
 I have a huge CD collection. Music is an obsession of mine. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 Music is my greatest love. If I could play an instrument I would be a musician. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 I played music all through school and I kind of performed that way. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 Mainly I was able to perform with music - I played the French horn, I would sing, and I was a drummer in the pipe band. So I think it was a way to show off. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 I played, like, a year of piano until I learned the Pink Panther theme. That was my goal. Once I was good enough, I quit. Now my music has to have some rock. 
Author: Jack Black
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1969
  
 The movie Spinal Tap rocked my world. It's for rock what The Sound of Music was for hills. They really nailed how dumb rock can be. 
Author: Jack Black
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1969
  
 We're in the dark ages if J-Lo can have a music career because of her ass. And let's face it, that's it. 
Author: Jack Black
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1969
  
 I've often used painting or music in roles. When I'm working on a part, I see the whole world through the filter of that character. I'll find all sorts of things that will apply to the job at hand. 
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 I loved the last album, and it was one hundred percent me. But this is like me two years later, who understands a little bit more about music and understands a little bit more about making an album. I wrote a lot more. 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1969
  
 If anyone can figure out how to balance my celebrity and my dual careers in music and film, it's me. I don't feel frightened; I feel challenged. 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1969
  
 I'm not in it for the money. I like music. I love to write music. I can't imagine myself not playing or singing or writing. It would just drive me crazy if I didn't. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 My life so common it disappears and sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 When we came into the studio I became more and more me, making the tracks and choosing the musicians, partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge, Artie wasn't there. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat-a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 When I was studying there weren't any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 For me, music and life are all about style. 
Author: Miles Davis
Nationality: American
b. 26 May 1926  - d. 28 September 1991
  
 I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis. 
Author: Miles Davis
Nationality: American
b. 26 May 1926  - d. 28 September 1991
  
 It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it. 
Author: Miles Davis
Nationality: American
b. 26 May 1926  - d. 28 September 1991
  
 You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know you've tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it. 
Author: Robert Anthony Plant
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1948
  
 I always believed in the music we did and that's why it was uncompromising. 
Author: Jimmy Patrick Page
Nationality: English
b. 9 January 1944
  
 I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues. 
Author: Jimmy Patrick Page
Nationality: English
b. 9 January 1944
  
 It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 I haven't used any music programmes. Although I've sat in stunned amazement and watched other people working their magic with them. 
Author: Rolf Harris
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 March 1930
  
 I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions, most of the musicians that I've worked with have done their best work by far with me. 
Author: David Bowie
Nationality: English
b. 8 January 1947
  
 There's something missing in the music industry today, and it's music. Songs you hear don't last, it's just product fed to you by the industry. 
Author: Jimmy Buffett
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1946
  
 The stores and the things like that, the business side of things came out at the point when, I'd say probably in the early '70s, it looked like the year of the singer-songwriter was over, 'cause music changed in our time and the spotlight was out. 
Author: Jimmy Buffett
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1946
  
 Here's the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don't find it anywhere else. Songs like "Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain" or "I Saw the Light" - that's my religion. I don't adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I've learned more from the songs than I've learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 What's great about music is it takes so many kinds of people, including me. Everybody is in a different place. 
Author: Jewel
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music. 
Author: Glenda Jackson
Nationality: British
b. 9 May 1936
  
 Groups are corporations now. They have pension plans. Musicians have saw the daylight. 
Author: John Lee Hooker
Nationality: African-American
b. 22 August 1917  - d. 21 June 2001
  
 I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want. 
Author: John Lee Hooker
Nationality: African-American
b. 22 August 1917  - d. 21 June 2001
  
 They wasn't gonna give you nothin'. I didn't care as long as they let me play my music. Cash on the spot. You cheat me and I'm gonna get me some money, too. 
Author: John Lee Hooker
Nationality: African-American
b. 22 August 1917  - d. 21 June 2001
  
 A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favorite part of the business, live concerts. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I don't think I'm bad for people. If I did think I was bad for people, I would go back to driving a truck, and I really mean this. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Every time I think that I'm getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 From the time I was a kid, I always knew something was going to happen to me. Didn't know exactly what. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I did the Ed Sullivan show four times. I did the Steve Allen show. I did the Jackie Gleason show. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I don't do any vulgar movements. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I never expected to be anybody important. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I like to sing ballads the way Eddie Fisher does and the way Perry Como does. But the way I'm singing now is what makes the money. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I like entertaining people. I really miss it. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I hope I didn't bore you too much with my life story. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films; I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I miss my singing career very much. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyer belt mass production, just like most of my movies were. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I think I have something tonight that's not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm so nervous. I've always been nervous, ever since I was a kid. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up - it's a natural thing. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm not trying to be sexy. It's just my way of expressing myself when I move around.  
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I was an overnight sensation. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm no hillbilly singer. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'd just like to be treated like a regular customer. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I'll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don't think those things are right for me. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'll never make it, it will never happen, because they're never going to hear me 'cause they're screaming all the time. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'll stay in Memphis. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Man, that record came out and was real big in Memphis. They started playing it, and it got real big. Don't know why - the lyrics had no meaning. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Man, I really like Vegas. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Later on they send me to Hollywood. To make movies. It was all new to me. I was only 21 years old. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm strictly for Stevenson. I don't dig the intellectual bit, but I'm telling you, man, he knows the most. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Just because I managed to do a little something, I don't want anyone back home to think I got the big head. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It's so easy to get turned. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I've been getting some bad publicity - but you got to expect that. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I've never written a song in my life. It's all a big hoax. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I've tried to lead a straight, clean life, not set any kind of a bad example. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 It's human nature to gripe, but I'm going ahead and doing the best I can. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 More than anything else, I want the folks back at home to think right of me. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 My movements, ma'am, are all leg movements. I don't do nothing with my body. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The closest I ever came to getting married was just before I started singing. In fact, my first record saved my neck. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn't copy my style from anybody. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.' 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The army teaches boys to think like men. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 That's why I hate to get started in these jam sessions. I'm always the last one to leave. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 There are too many people that depend on me. I'm too obligated. I'm in too far to get out. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 They put me on television. And the whole thing broke loose. It was wild, I tell ya for sure. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Those movies sure got me into a rut. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Those people in New York are not gonna change me none. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 When I got outta High School I was driving a truck. I was just a poor boy from Memphis, Memphis. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 When I get married, it'll be no secret. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Whatever I will become will be what God has chosen for me. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I see music as one language. If one musical form eats its own tail, it dies. So it needs to be a mongrel, it needs to be hybridised. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I feel this music has nurtured me as I've been immersing myself in it. I've felt supported by it. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I hate most of what constitutes rock music, which is basically middle-aged crap. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I have a big problem with piped music. I like either silence or to listen to it properly. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I write the music, produce it and the band plays within the parameters that I set. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 There's no religion but sex and music. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Yoga is almost like music in a way; there's no end to it. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Great success, great profit, great performances, etc. etc. ... France is becoming more and more philistine towards music, and the more I see of foreign lands the less I love my own. Art, in France, is dead; so I must go where it is still to be found. In England apparently there has been a real revolution in the musical consciousness of the nation in the last ten years. We shall see. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 A "scream" is always just that - a noise and not music. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Meantime, I had found me quarters in Villiers Street, Strand, which forty-six years ago was primitive and passionate in its habits and population. My rooms were small, not over-clean or well-kept, but from my desk I could look out of my window through the fanlight of Gatti's Music-Hall entrance, across the street, almost on to its stage. The Charing Cross trains rumbled through my dreams on one side, the boom of the Strand on the other, while, before my windows, Father Thames under the Shot Tower walked up and down with his traffic. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 The more one studies the harmony of music, and then studies human nature, how people agree and how they disagree, how there is attraction and repulsion, the more one will see that it is all music. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 I was getting so heavy that even my vocalizing was getting heavy. I was tiring myself, I was perspiring too much, and I was really working too hard. And I wasn't really well, as in health; I couldn't move freely. And then I was tired of playing a game, for instance playing this beautiful young woman, and I was heavy and uncomfortable to move around. In any case, it was uncomfortable and I didn't like it. So I felt now if I'm going to do things right - I've studied all my life to put things right musically, so why don't I diet and put myself into a certain condition where I'm presentable. 
Author: Maria Callas
Nationality: American
b. 2 December 1923  - d. 16 September 1977
  
 All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I try to use my music to move these people to act. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Music is my religion. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 It all has to come from inside, though, I guess. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 My nature just changes. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Music is a safe type of high. It's more the way it was supposed to be. That's where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It's nothing but rhythm and motion. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.  
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together.  
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When I die, just keep playing the records. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 We have time, there's no big rush. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean? 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 You have to give people something to dream on. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they're not gonna see nothin' but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 You may not be aware of this but Leonard Bernstein won another award, for explaining the music of Igor Stravinsky... to Igor Stravinsky! 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way. 
Author: Billie Holiday
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1915  - d. 17 July 1959
  
 If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. 
Author: Billie Holiday
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1915  - d. 17 July 1959
  
 No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. 
Author: Billie Holiday
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1915  - d. 17 July 1959
  
 Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 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'. 
Author: Bob Newhart
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1929
  
 That was the idea behind glam clubs like Seven and The New Eve. You could eat and dance to live music. To enter you had to descend a grand staircase.  
Author: Christian Lacroix
Nationality: French
b. 16 May 1951
  
 I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Music fathoms the sky. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm, and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image, so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order. 
Author: Josiah Royce
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1855  - d. 14 September 1916
  
 Now everything changed. My childhood world was breaking apart around me. My parents eyed me with a certain embarrassment. My sisters had become strangers to me. A disenchantment falsified and blunted my usual feelings and joys: the garden lacked fragrance, the woods held no attraction for me, the world stood around me like a clearance sale of last year's secondhand goods, insipid, all its charm gone. Books were so much paper, music a grating noise. That is the way leaves fall around a tree in autumn, a tree unaware of the rain running down its sides, of the sun or the frost, and of life gradually retreating inward. The tree does not die. It waits. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Since I am coming to that holy room, Where, with thy choir of saints forevermore, I shall be made thy music; as I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think here before. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due. 
Author: Captain James Cook
Nationality: English
b. 27 October 1728  - d. 14 February 1779
  
 Blacks own so little of the music business it's pathetic. But I see that changing soon. Black artists, black businessmen and women will unite. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 I don't know if it's my music, my lyrics, my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do - all I can say is, my career has lasted way longer than I expected. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 I never learned to read or write music. Never wanted to fool with scales. That was boring, forced. The music I heard was free-flowing. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 I try to tell a story musically in a song. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 There's people making babies to my music. That's nice. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 We forget that this music, music made by my brothers and sisters, is still a baby. It's just beginning. When I think of the possibilities, it makes me smile. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 Boy bands should be exploded from a great height. They're just pretty people singing music written by others. 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it. 
Author: Andrew Denton
Nationality: British
b. 4 May 1960
  
 If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land. 
Author: Mencius
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 372  - d.  December 289
  
 One of the midnight voices of my own fate should be that the music of Pete Atkin continues to rank high among the blessings of my life, and on my behalf as well as his I bless you all for your attention. 
Author: Clive James
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 October 1939
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 In opera, everyone's watching from a fixed viewpoint, and that really challenges you. Lighting, the sets, stage groupings, the music-but doesn't relate too much to film. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 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. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed, it can stand endless revivals. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized, the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match. 
Author: Bruce Beresford
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 August 1940
  
 When the American people get through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy. 
Author: Finley Peter Dunne
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1867  - d. 24 April 1936
  
 I have not felt remotely cool for a long time, thanks largely to the relentless efforts of my teenage son, whose goal in life is to make me feel 3,500 years old. We'll be in the car, and he'll say, 'You wanna hear my new CD?' And I, flattered that he thinks his old man might like the same music he does, will say 'Sure!' So he increases the sound-system volume setting from '4' to 'Meteor Impact,' and he puts in a CD by a band with a name like 'Pustule,' and the next thing I know gigantic nuclear bass notes have blown out all the car windows and activated both the driver- and passenger-side air bags, and I'm writhing on the floor, screaming for mercy with jets of blood spurting three feet from my ears. My son then ejects the CD, smiling contentedly, knowing he as purchased a winner. On those extremely rare occasions when I like one of his CDs, I imagine he destroys it with a blowtorch. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 I hate rap music, which to me sounds like a bunch of angry men shouting, possibly because the person who was supposed to provide them with a melody never showed up. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Classical music gradually lost popularity because it is too complicated: you need twenty-five or thirty skilled musicians just to hum it properly. So people began to develop regular music. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 A lot of good has come from drugs. I think 'Penny Lane' is worth 10 dead kids. Dark Side of the Moon is worth 100 dead kids. Because a lot of kids wouldn't even be born if it weren't for that album, so it evens out. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.  
Author: Steve Martin
Nationality: American
b. 14 August 1845
  
 There's a music of bells from the trampling teams, Wild skylarks hover, the gorses blaze, The rich, ripe rose as with incense steams- Midsummer days! Midsummer days! A soul from the honeysuckle strays, And the nightingale as from prophet heights Sings to the Earth of her million Mays - Midsummer nights! O midsummer nights! 
Author: William Ernest Henley
Nationality: English
b. 23 August 1849  - d. 11 July 1903
  
 Music has charms to soothe a savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 I still don't look at movies twice. It's funny, I just feel I got it the first time. With music it's different. People respond so differently to the whole issue of seeing a movie many times. I'm astonished when I talk to really good critics, who know their stuff and will see a film eight or ten or twelve times. I don't see how they can do it without hating the movie. I would. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 Rock and roll might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria. 
Author: Vance Packard
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1914  - d. 12 December 1996
  
 Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.  
Author: Sir Thomas Beecham
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1879  - d. 8 March 1961
  
 Movie music is noise... even more painful than my sciatica. 
Author: Sir Thomas Beecham
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1879  - d. 8 March 1961
  
 The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes. 
Author: Sir Thomas Beecham
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1879  - d. 8 March 1961
  
 The grand tune is the only thing in music that the great public really understands. 
Author: Sir Thomas Beecham
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1879  - d. 8 March 1961
  
 She was one of those people who say "I don't know anything about music really, but I know what I like." 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school? 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, 'You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through.' So I said, 'I'll beat my head against that wall'. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 I imagine that as contemporary music goes on changing in the way that I'm changing it what will be done is to more and more completely liberate sounds from abstract ideas about them and more and more exactly to let them be physically uniquely themselves. This means for me: knowing more and more not what I think a sound is but what it actually is in all of its acoustical details and then letting this sound exist, itself, changing in a changing sonorous environment. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 I remember loving sound before I ever took a music lesson. And so we make our lives by what we love. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure. 
Author: Felix Mendelssohn
Nationality: German
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1847
  
 Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God. 
Author: Felix Mendelssohn
Nationality: German
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1847
  
 People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words. 
Author: Felix Mendelssohn
Nationality: German
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1847
  
 These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words. 
Author: Felix Mendelssohn
Nationality: German
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1847
  
 Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 Give me a laundry-list and I'll set it to music. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 I take Beethoven twice a week, Haydn four times, and Mozart every day. You will tell me that Beethoven is a Colossus who often gives you a dig in the ribs, whilst Mozart is always adorable; it is that the latter had the chance of going very young to Italy, at a time when they still sang well. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 This little composition, which is, alas, the last mortal sin of my old age. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 Dear God, here it is finished, this poor little Mass. Is this sacred music which I have written or music of the devil? I was born for opera buffa, as you well know. A little science, a little heart, that's all. Be blessed, then, and admit me to Paradise. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 Simple melody and variety in rhythm. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 Wait until the evening before opening night. Nothing primes inspiration more than necessity, whether it be the presence of a copyist waiting for your work or the prodding of an impresario tearing his hair. In my time, all the impresarios in Italy were bald at thirty. 
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 February 1792  - d. 13 November 1868
  
 Anyone who understands my music will never be unhappy again. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 My music is music about music. 
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German
b. 16 December 1770  - d. 26 March 1827
  
 The ear disapproves but tolerates certain musical pieces; transfer them into the domain of our nose, and we will be forced to flee. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 The Americans are almost ignorant of the art of music, one of the most elevating, innocent and refining of human tastes, whose influence on the habits and morals of a people is of the most beneficial tendency. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 And now into the cocktail shaker of my mouth I throw these six words: You Please Music Mr Will Play. I give a brief shake (he shakes his head and makes 'brr' noises), and I pour out this golden phrase: 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 But perhaps, somewhere, you might be inspired to add one small, tender, caring cherry of hope. I wonder. While you decide, I will entreat for the very finalest of last, last times, this entreaty of m'colleague, Britain's very own melody man, as I say to him, please, please, oh please Mr. Music. 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 I'd seen musicians act, and it scares me. And they make more money than me. 
Author: Tim Roth
Nationality: English
b. 14 May 1961
  
 If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it. 
Author: Immanuel von Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 18 July 1797  - d. 8 August 1879
  
 Once the other Yardbirds decided not to continue, then I was going to continue. And shift the whole thing up a notch. The whole thing was putting a group together and actually being able to play together. There were a lot of virtuoso musicians around at the time who didn't gel as a band. That was the key, to find a band that was going to fire on all cylinders. 
Author: Jimmy Patrick Page
Nationality: English
b. 9 January 1944
  
 I had a lot of ideas from my days with The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds allowed me to improvise a lot in live performance and I started building a textbook of ideas that I eventually used in Zeppelin. In addition to those ideas, I wanted to add acoustic textures. Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses - a combination that had never been done before. Lots of light and shade in the music. 
Author: Jimmy Patrick Page
Nationality: English
b. 9 January 1944
  
 Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer. 
Author: Bette Midler
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1945
  
 A bird piped suddenly, and was still; and a light breeze sprang up and set the reeds and bulrushes rustling. Rat, who was in the stern of the boat, while Mole sculled, sat up suddenly and listened with a passionate intentness. Mole, who with gentle strokes was just keeping the boat moving while he scanned the banks with care, looked at him with curiosity. 'It's gone!' sighed the Rat, sinking back in his seat again. 'So beautiful and strange and new. Since it was to end so soon, I almost wish I had never heard it. For it has roused a longing in me that is pain, and nothing seems worth while but just to hear that sound once more and go on listening to it for ever. No! There it is again!' he cried, alert once more. Entranced, he was silent for a long space, spellbound. 'Now it passes on and I begin to lose it,' he said presently. 'O Mole! the beauty of it! The merry bubble and joy, the thin, clear, happy call of the distant piping! Such music I never dreamed of, and the call in it is stronger even than the music is sweet! Row on, Mole, row! For the music and the call must be for us.' The Mole, greatly wondering, obeyed. 'I hear nothing myself,' he said, 'but the wind playing in the reeds and rushes and osiers. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 'This is the place of my song-dream, the place the music played to me,' whispered the Rat, as if in a trance. 'Here, in this holy place, here if anywhere, surely we shall find Him!' Then suddenly the Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground. It was no panic terror - indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy - but it was an awe that smote and held him and, without seeing, he knew it could only mean that some august Presence was very, very near. With difficulty he turned to look for his friend and saw him at his side cowed, stricken, and trembling violently. And still there was utter silence in the populous bird-haunted branches around them; and still the light grew and grew. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 With small-town life there are hundreds of thousands who are not content. The more intelligent young people flee to the cities and stay there, seldom returning even for holidays. The reason, Carol insisted is an unimaginatively standardized background, a sluggishness of speech and manners, a rigid ruling of the spirit by the desire to appear respectable. It is contentment the contentment of the quiet dead, who are scornful of the living for their restless walking. It is the prohibition of happiness. It is the slavery self-sought and self-defended. It is dullness made God. A savorless people, gulping tasteless food and sitting afterward, coatless and thoughtless, in rocking-chairs prickly with inane decorations, listening to mechanical music, saying mechanical things about the excellence of Ford automobiles, and viewing themselves as the greatest race in the world. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 They've worked out elaborate charts classifying all intellectual occupations and interests, with the methods and materials and tools, and especially the goals - the aims, the ideals, the moral purposes - that are suited to each of them. Really tremendous! Why, a musician or an engineer, for example, could look at his chart and tell accurately whether he was progressing fast enough, at his age, and if not, just what his trouble was, and the remedy. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Though Frank Shallard might have come to admire pictures, great music, civilized furniture, he had been trained to regard them as worldly, and to content himself with art which 'presented a message,' to regard 'Les Miserables' as superior because the bishop was a kind man, and 'The Scarlet Letter' as a poor book because the heroine was sinful and the author didn't mind. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 His text was from Proverbs: "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins." He seized the sides of the pulpit with his powerful hands, glared at the congregation, decided to look benevolent after all, and exploded: "In the hustle and bustle of daily life I wonder how many of us stop to think that in all that is highest and best we are ruled not by even our most up-and-coming efforts but by Love? What is Love - the divine Love of which the - the great singer teaches us in Proverbs? It is the rainbow that comes after the dark cloud. It is the morning star and it is also the evening star, those being, as you all so well know, the brightest stars we know. It shines upon the cradle of the little one and when life has, alas, departed, to come no more, you find it still around the quiet tomb. What is it inspires all great men - be they preachers or patriots or great business men? What is it, my brethren, but Love? Ah, it fills the world with melody, with such sacred melodies as we have just indulged in together, for what is music? What, my friends, is music? Ah, what indeed is music but the voice of Love!" 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 I'm a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything, It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned to make that feeling work for me. I'm full of emotion and I want a release, and if you're on stage and if it's really working and you've got the audience with you, it's a oneness you feel. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 They laughed me out of class, out of town and out of the state. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 I won't quit to become someone's old lady. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 I'm one of those regular weird people. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Rock on out. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 You got to get it while you can. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. 
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 15 January 1929  - d. 4 April 1968
  
 With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. 
Author: Laurence Binyon
Nationality: English
b. 10 August 1869  - d. 10 March 1943
  
 After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 'I hate you, I hate you!' cried Madeline, a thing I didn't know anyone ever said except in the second act of a musical comedy. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 I think I should refer to the Threshold Of A Dream album cover where there's a metallic, robot-type entity clutching different, various life forms and squeezing tight representing freedom of thought and expression and creativity. That certainly says alot about what the record business is like today. There's this old saying that, 'all business is show business' and that's true and if you see what's happening in show business it's happening everywhere else. The people who are running the record companies are not running the record companies because they love music, they're running them because they love the stock market. Nothing's related to it's intention anymore. We've all become just pawns in their big financial game. 
Author: Mike Pinder
Nationality: English
b. 27 December 1941
  
 I find I am richer this year than last; so I enclose a cheque for 500 pounds for you to distribute among young writers and artists and musicians who may need the money. You will know, better than I do, who they are. But I must make one condition, that you do not reveal that the money has come from me, or tell anyone about it. 
Author: Arnold Bennett
Nationality: English
b. 27 May 1867  - d. 27 March 1931
  
 In an artist's life one thunderclap sometimes follows swiftly on another ... I had just had the successive revelations of Beethoven and Weber. Now at another point on the horizon I saw the giant form of Beethoven rear up. The shock was almost as great as that of Shakespeare had been. Beethoven opened before me a new world of music, as Shakespeare had revealed a new universe of poetry. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Instrumentation is to music precisely what color is to painting. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 A singer who is able to sing even sixteen measures of good music in a natural and engaging way, effortlessly and in tune, without distending the phrase, without exaggerating accents to the point of caricature, without platitude, affectation, or coyness, without making grammatical mistakes, without illicit slurs, without hiatus or hiccup, without making insolent changes in the text, without barks or bleats, without sour notes, without crippling the rhythm, without absurd ornaments and nauseating appoggiaturas - in short, a singer able to sing these measures simply and exactly as the composer wrote them - is a rare, very rare, exceedingly rare bird. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. 
Author: Leonard Bernstein
Nationality: American
b. 25 August 1918  - d. 14 October 19901990
  
 This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. 
Author: Leonard Bernstein
Nationality: American
b. 25 August 1918  - d. 14 October 19901990
  
 I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase. 
Author: Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Hi, I'm Jack Black, you probably know me from my movies and music, that's why you'll understand what I'm here about is very important to me: PIRACY. Look, super mega rock 'n' roll gods and stars are just regular dudes like you guys, we punch the clock, we put on the pants, then we blow people's minds. It's how we make a living! And then these pirates come, and they steal all our internets! I don't know how they do it, but these pirates can break into our entertainers' homes, make us walk the plank, and leave us broke. and you know what that means: no cash, no inspiration. No inspiration, no rocket sauce. No rocket sauce, no kick ass rock n roll, or movies! IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT MR. LONG-JOHN SILVER?! WHATS YOUR PARROT GONNA LISTEN TO WHEN YOU GO TOE-TO-TOE AGAINST THE ENGLISH ARMADA?! JAZZ?! I DON'T THINK SO! Don't be a douche, stop piracy! 
Author: Jack Black
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1969
  
 Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes - a small minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 If Germany, my beloved fatherland, of whom you know I am proud, will not accept me, then must I, in the name of God, again make France or England richer by one capable German; - and to the shame of the German nation. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 The most necessary, most difficult and principal thing in music, that is time. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 I know myself, and I have such a sense of religion that I shall never do anything which I would not do before the whole world; but I am alarmed at the very thoughts of being in the society of people, during my journey, whose mode of thinking is so entirely different from mine (and from that of all good people). But of course they must do as they please. I have no heart to travel with them, nor could I enjoy one pleasant hour, nor know what to talk about; for, in short, I have no great confidence in them. Friends who have no religion cannot be long our friends. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 The most stimulating and encouraging thought is that you, dearest father, and my dear sister, are well, that I am an honest German, and that if I am not always permitted to talk I can think what I please; but that is all. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 I must give you a piece of intelligence that you perhaps already know - namely, that the ungodly arch-villain Voltaire has died miserably like a dog - just like a brute. That is his reward! 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 A fellow of mediocre talent will remain a mediocrity, whether he travels or not; but one of superior talent, which without impiety I cannot deny that I possess, will go to seed if he always remains in the same place. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 As I love Mannheim, Mannheim loves me. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 My fatherland has always the first claim on me. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 I care very little for Salzburg and not at all for the archbishop: I shit on both of them. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relationships with this best and truest friend of mankind that death's image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling, and I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. I never lie down at night without reflecting that - young as I am - I may not live to see another day. Yet no one of all my acquaintances could say that in company I am morose or disgruntled. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: 'Chi sa piů, meno sa - Who knows most, knows least. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 Stay with me to-night; you must see me die. I have long had the taste of death on my tongue, I smell death, and who will stand by my Constanze, if you do not stay? 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 The passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak - and speak in such a way that people will remember it. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 I needn't tell you that Stephen Sondheim is, both musically and lyrically, the most sophisticated composer now working for the Broadway theater. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 The most savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns we've been exposed to in a dozen seasons. The dancing is it. Don't look for laughter or - for that matter - tears. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 A really spectacular disaster. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 A most satisfying resurrection. "Candide' may at last have stumbled into the best of all possible productions. The show is now a carrousel and we are on it quite safely. The design of the unending chase is so firm, the performers are so secure in their climbing and tumbling, that we are able to join the journey and still see it with the detachment that Voltaire prescribes. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 The evening at the Imperial is finally heavy with its own inventiveness, weighted down with the variety and fulsomness of a genuinely creative appetite. It's as though Mr. Loesser had written two complete musicals - the operetta and the haymaker - on the same simple play and then crammed them both into a single structure. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 A bright, brassy, and jubilantly sassy show that takes a whole barrelful of bright new talents, and a handful of stimulating ideas as well, and sends them tumbling in happy profusion over the footlights. 
Author: Walter Francis Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 08 July 1913  - d. 09 October 1996
  
 Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity – myself especially – are in a state of shocked disbelief. 
Author: Alan Greenspan
Nationality: American
b. 06 March 1926
  
 Everybody is an electronic musician. Some of us push only one button in a performance, and some of us push many buttons. 
Author: Vladimi Ussachevsky
Nationality: American
b. 03 November 1911  - d. 02 January 1990
  
 And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I'd see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Because I think every child star suffers through this period because you're not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Because parents have power over children. They feel they have to do what their parents say. But the love of money is the root of all evil. And this is a sweet child. And to see him turn like this, this isn't him. This is not him. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be lived. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous, beautiful, and she still is today, I'm crazy about her. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Everything that I love is behind those gates. We have elephants, and giraffes, and crocodiles, and every kind of tigers and lions. And - and we have bus loads of kids, who don't get to see those things. They come up sick children, and enjoy it. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin, it's something that I cannot help, OK? 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I just wish I could understand my father. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I love my family very much. I wish I could see them a little more often than I do. But we understand because we're a show business family and we all work. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I rememeber one time we were getting ready to go to South America and everything was packed up and in the car ready to go and I hid and I was crying because I really did not want to go, I wanted to play. I did not want to go. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I was a veteran, before I was a teenager. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I will say again that I have never, and would never, harm a child. It sickens me that people have written untrue things about me. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I'm happy to be alive, I'm happy to be who I am. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I'm just like anyone. I cut and I bleed. And I embarass easily. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I am. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.  
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I've helped many, many, many children, thousands of children, cancer kids, leukemia kids.  
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 It's a complete lie, why do people buy these papers? It's not the truth I'm here to say. You know, don't judge a person, do not pass judgement, unless you have talked to them one on one. I don't care what the story is, do not judge them because it is a lie. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Just because it's in print doesn't mean it's the gospel. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.  
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Me and Janet really are two different people. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 People write negatives things, cause they feel that's what sells. Good news to them, doesn't sell. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 The Bee Gees who are brilliant, I just love great music.  
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 There were times when I had great times with my brothers, pillow fights and things, but I was, used to always cry from loneliness. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I - I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Well Brooke, I've always liked her, and when I was little I used to stay with Diana Ross, me and my brothers stayed with her for years and I never said, but I always had a crush on her. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Well, especially now I come to realize - and then - I would do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and I'd record for hours and hours until it's time to go to sleep. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Well, you don't get to do things that other children get to do, having friends and slumber parties and buddies. There were none of that for me. I didn't have friends when I was little. My brothers were my friends. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It's not nice. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Yes, and I had pimples so badly it used to make me so shy. I used not to look at myself. I'd hide my face in the dark, I wouldn't want to look in the mirror and my father teased me and I just hated it and I cried everyday. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 You know, let's put it this way, if all the people in Hollywood who have had plastic surgery, if they went on vacation, there wouldn't be a person left in town. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 I've been in the entertainment industry since I was six-years-old... As Charles Dickens says, "It's been the best of times, the worst of times." But I would not change my career... While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me. 
Author: Michael Jackson
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1958  - d. 25 June 2009
  
 Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I never came across anyone who had any real affection for me. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 I think that fashion and music go hand-in-hand, and they always should. It's the artist's job to create imagery that matches the music... I think they're very intertwined. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 In my show I announce, ‘People say Lady Gaga is a lie, and they are right. I am a lie. And every day I kill to make it true. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 I’d rather people love me or hate me than have no opinion of me. Indifference is scary. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 My real fans understand what it is I do, but on another level I have fans who just love my music and don’t know I write it and enjoy it shallowly - and that’s OK too. I think art and music should be just as powerful if you drink it shallow as if you drink it deep. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 You listeners, the ones who found me first are, I believe, the future of great art thinkers. Because anyone that's found me now I really think is grabbing on to the ideas that I have, more than anything. It's about the music but it's also about the story. So thank you guys for loving and reading the story and being as into it and as passionate as I am. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 I operate from a place of delusion-that’s what the Fame is all about... I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 I've gone bankrupt about four times now. Every dollar I earn goes on the show. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music because I like fast cars and fucking girls, you'd call me a rockstar. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental and you say that it is distracting. I'm just a rockstar. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 Grace Jones said this to me when I met her. I washed her feet, and I looked up at her and she said, ‘No matter what you do in your life, don’t you ever let anybody take your creative people away from you.’ And what my creative friends always remind me of is they say, ‘Only value the opinion of those that you respect. And anyone that you don’t respect, pay no mind to their opinion about you or anything else.’ And that’s how I live my life. If I worried about everything that everyone said, I would not be a good artist. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 That’s the most Warholian thing about what I do... I embrace pop culture. The very thing that everybody says is poisonous and ostentatious and shallow, it’s like my chemistry book... and I make what I believe to be art out of it. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 I don’t consider my own clothing to be outrageous... The truth is that people just don’t have the same references that I do. To me it’s very beautiful and it’s art, and to them it’s outrageous and crazy. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 They bring my music to life. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 Creativity for me is religious. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 I don't care what people think about me, I care what they think about themselves. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 It's always wrong to hate, but it's never wrong to love. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 The whole point of what I do - the Monster Ball, the music, the performance art aspect of it - I want to create a space for my fans where they can feel free and where they can celebrate because I didn't fit in in high school and I felt like a freak. So I like to create this atmosphere for my fans where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang with and they don't feel alone. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 Amidst all of these flashing lights I pray The Fame wont take my life. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: Russian
b. 28 March 1986
  
 Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 You say you want a revolution, Well, you know, we all want to change the world... But when you talk about destruction, Don't you know that you can count me out. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy. All you need is love. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 There are places I remember All my life though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 These memories lose their meaning When I think of love as something new. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 The Walrus was Paul!. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 All we are saying is give peace a chance! 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 For the benefit of Mr. Kite there will be a show tonight on trampoline. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Half of what I say is meaningless But I say it just to reach you 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 You say you want a Revolution; you better get it on right away. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Christ, you know it ain't easy You know how hard it can be. The way things are going, they're going to crucify me. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 The newspapers said, "Say, what you're doing in bed?" I said "We're only trying to get us some peace." 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Mother, you had me, but I never had you. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 They hate you if you're clever, and they despise a fool. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 They keep you doped with religion and sex and TV, And you think you're so clever, and classless and free, But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 God is a concept by which we measure our pain. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 I don't believe in Elvis I don't believe in Zimmerman I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me Yoko and me And that's reality. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 I was the dreamweaver, but now I'm reborn I was the Walrus, but now I'm John And so dear friends, you'll just have to carry on The dream is over. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today... 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Imagine there's no countries, It isnt hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, No religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you'll join us, And the world will be as one. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 How can I give love when I don't know what it is I'm giving? 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 There are no problems, only solutions. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 I know you understand the little child inside of your man. 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Woman, please let me explain I never meant to cause you sorrow or pain So let me tell you again and again and again... I love you Now and forever. "Woman" 
Author: John Winston Lennon
Nationality: English
b. 09 October 1940  - d. 08 December 1980
  
 Suddenly a mist fell from my eyes and I knew the way I had to take 
Author: Edward Hagerup Grieg
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 15 June 1843  - d. 04 September 1907
  
 The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 Even when I'm sick and depressed, I love life. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 Life is the game that must be played, this truth at least, good friends, we know; so live and laugh, nor be dismayed as one by one the phantoms go. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life miracle to miracle. 
Author: Arthur Rubinstein
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1887  - d. 20 December 1982
  
 My favourite group in the world is The Smiths. And when I was going through a punky phase, it was The Clash. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.  
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 That was the crossover line for us, to be able to play that many shows, sell them out real quick and have that tribe queue up outside and still be a mystery to everybody else. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 The fact is that we take music very seriously. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I tend to define what we've done much more by the actual substance of what we've created than by whether we've sold 50 or 50,000 records. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Our career path has tended to be the most perverse and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable, while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do, the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I don't dance like that when I'm grooving in some club - actually I don't groove. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 I just ended up hanging out with a bunch of people with guitars and drums and some panel vans and proceeded to make music. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 We're still caught with the fact that rock 'n' roll and kids, if you are really honest with yourself, don't mix. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 And I believe that it becomes a troubled continent because there are those who must always cause confusion so that we do not keep these natural resources.  
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there.  
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I believe I can sing anything. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I have to go and say farewell to all the countries that I have been to, if I can. I am 73 now, it is taxing on me. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I titled the album Reflections because I am reflecting on my music career. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It is very much the theme of our President, President Thabo Mbeki, whose passion is for Africa to work together, and for Africans to get up and do things for us. We are trying as women to do things for ourselves. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It was hard to be away from home, but I am glad that I am home now. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Well there is a lot of work here for younger and older musicians now. Our Ministry of Culture has now really embarked on changing things for artists, and it is getting much better. We just have to organize ourselves as artists, and then things will be better. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 You are damned and praised, or encouraged or discouraged by those who listen to you, and those who come to applaud you. And to me, those people are very important. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories, no efforts of memory, everything summed up in one moment. Complete art which sums up all the others and completes them. Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses, the harmonious tones corresponding to the harmonies of sounds, but in painting, a unity is obtained which is not possible in music, where the accords follow one another, and the judgement experiences a continuous fatigue if one wants to reunite the end and the beginning. In the main, the ear is an inferior sense to the eye. The hearing can only grasp a single sound at one time, whereas the sight takes in everything and at the same time simplifies at its will.  
Author: Paul Gauguin
Nationality: French
b. 07 June 1848  - d. 08 May 1903
  
 I don't exist without writing.  
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I don't see the world unless I see it in ink.  
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I find you get out of people what you put into them. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I grew up doing live tours and playing in bars, so it was what I love to do. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I have a sneaking suspicion that all religions lead to the same place, a very unified place. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I love being in a band. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I love playing big rooms. There's nothing like it. It's a power trip. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I tend to eat what I want, which probably isn't good. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I'm fairly specific about what I like to wear and looks are important to me, just like they are to everybody. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I'm not a partygoer. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I'm not a wild and crazy person. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I've been performing on stage since I was six years old. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 If I'm a phenomenon, it makes me feel like I have no purpose. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there's really nothing to lose. There's no wrong you can't make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There's no bounds. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 Most of us don't spend any time knowing ourselves. We just keep reacting. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 On my own I generally have very messy hair, wear jeans and sneakers. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 The writers I respect the most had an undying commitment to a vision. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 What's great about music is it takes so many kinds of people, including me. Everybody is in a different place. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 Mozart didn't need a scheme for his music. He played and sang with the heavenly lightness of a child.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white! 
Author: Eric Clapton
Nationality: English
b. 30 March 1945
  
 Canned music is like audible wallpaper. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Cocktail music is accepted as audible wallpaper. 
Author: Alistair Cooke
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1908  - d. 30 March 2004
  
 Great art is an instant arrested in eternity. 
Author: James Gibbons Huneker
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1860  - d. 09 February 1921
  
 He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. 
Author: James Gibbons Huneker
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1860  - d. 09 February 1921
  
 Life is like an onion: you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it. 
Author: James Gibbons Huneker
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1860  - d. 09 February 1921
  
 Scratch an artist and you surprise a child. 
Author: James Gibbons Huneker
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1860  - d. 09 February 1921
  
 My heart…my mind… are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert. This is money that should be used to save lives. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I think enough is enough. I am 60 years old. I don't have the will to work as much anymore. Pink Floyd was an important part in my life, I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. For me it's much less complicated to work alone. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 There was more than one reason, firstly to support the cause. The second one is the energy consuming an uncomfortable relationship between Roger and me that I was carrying along in my heart. That is why we wanted to perform and to leave the trash behind. Thirdly, I might have regretted it if I declined. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously. I have never played with anyone quite like him. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I'm rather hoping that with this tour announcement, people will believe me when I say, honestly, this is the only band I plan to tour with! 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Intrepid Aviation was a way for me to make my hobby pay for itself a little bit, but gradually over a few years Intrepid Aviation became a business because you have to be businesslike about it. Suddenly I found instead of it being a hobby and me enjoying myself, it was a business and so I sold it. I don't have Intrepid Aviation any more. I just have a nice old biplane that I pop up, wander around the skies in sometimes... 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 All grocery stores used to be closed on Sunday, ... There's the sane world and the insane world - I choose to live in the sane world. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Our music has depth, and attempts philosophical thought and meaning with discussions of infinity, eternity and mortality. There is a line which people cross that turns it into some magical, mystical realm, for which I don't claim responsibility and don't hold any great truck with. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Any squabble Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if re-forming for this concert will help focus attention, then it's got to be worthwhile. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I told him, 'This stuff better taste better than it looks, and it better look really good. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 My technique is laughable at times. I have developed a style of my own, I suppose, which creeps around. I don't have to have too much technique for it. I've developed the parts of my technique that are useful to me. I'll never be a very fast guitar player. I don't really know what to say about my style. There's always a melodic intent in there. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Usually, in the studio, on this sort of thing... you just go out and have a play over it, and see what comes, and it's usually - mostly - the first take that's the best one, and you find yourself repeating yourself thereafter. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 A little girl came up to me the other day and said, 'Do you live here?' ... I have a great staff that helps me run the place, but I really love being out on the floor, helping people stock shelves and talking to customers. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I've had a fantastic time making On an Island and really want to perform tracks from it, along with my more familiar repertoire. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I do really think it is about as good a piece of work as I have ever done. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 They liked the thought of riding around the countryside dispensing justice under a banyan tree. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I'm very relieved not to be carrying the burden around, the big snail shell. Because it sometimes does feel like a big weight. The pressure of expectation is just too big. The whole Pink Floyd name, carting it around ... I don't want to be there at the moment. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 It's a powerful thing, this old Pink Floyd business. Look at all the stories that followed Live 8 - 'Will they get back together? Will they tour together?' It's all so mysterious. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I had a fantastic time. We hadn't played as Pink Floyd in 10 years and hadn't played with Roger in 25. The main thing was obviously the cause, but I was also pleased to get some of that personal, trivial antipathy that's been part of our lives for so long and pack that away. For several days, Roger and I went out together. I'm very pleased that we're now at a point where we can talk. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I wish Roger absolutely well. But I can't imagine doing more than a one-off with him and the other guys at this point. It's been such a joyful experience working with the team I have now; nothing could make me happier than the situation I'm in. I'm extremely lucky. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I had a fantastic time. We hadn't played as Pink Floyd in 10 years and hadn't played with Roger in 25. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 It's an atheistic song, you could say, about how people live on in your dreams and your memories. And that's the only place I can meet up with these people. It's a very sad thing, remembered with joy. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I had a great party for my 50th birthday, and I'm having a nice little one this time. But it's sad how many people aren't going to be there, because they've died in the intervening years. There's been a lot of carnage around me, and I'm sort of looking at that list. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Jimi Hendrix isn't as good as me! 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Obviously, they're all a gang of idiots. But, you know... live and let live. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Syd's story is a sad story romanticised by people who don't know anything about it. They've made it fashionable but it's just not that way. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 My technique is laughable at times. I have developed a style of my own, I suppose, which creeps around [...] I don't have to have too much technique for it. I've developed the parts of my technique that are useful to me. I'll never be a very fast guitar player. I don't really know what to say about my style. There's always a melodic intent in there. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Roger doesn't have the right at present to tell me what to do with my life, although he believes that he does. And he'll not ruin my career, although lately he's been trying to. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 He had developed his own limited, or very simple style. He was never very keen on improving himself as a bass player and half the time I would play bass on the records because I would tend to do it quicker. Right back to those early records; I mean, at least half the bass on all recorded output is me anyway. [...] Rog used to come in and say, 'Thank you very much' to me once in a while for winning him bass-playing polls. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I've been in The Who, I've been in The Beatles and I've been in Pink Floyd! Top that! 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Usually, in the studio, on this sort of thing ... you just go out and have a play over it, and see what comes, and it's usually - mostly - the first take that's the best one, and you find yourself repeating yourself thereafter. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 It's crazy that America gives such a paltry percentage of its GNP to the starving nations. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 The band? It's over. Reunited because of the good cause - Live 8, to get over the bad relationship, and not to have regrets. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 It is so difficult to mix with artists! You must choose business men to talk to, because artists only talk of money. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 The framework of a symphony must be so strong that it forces you to follow it, regardless of the environment and circumstances. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 I often conduct an orchestra in my sleep; my orchestras are so huge that the back desks of the violas vanish into the horizon. And everything is so wonderful. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 The '60s were a leap in human consciousness. Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, Mother Teresa, they led a revolution of conscience. The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix created revolution and evolution themes. The music was like Dalí, with many colors and revolutionary ways. The youth of today must go there to find themselves. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Shit, man. That little thing really Boogies! 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses.  
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling. 
Author: Carlos Santana
Nationality: American
b. 20 July 1947
  
 Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 Christianity nowadays is like a big household where many cousins live under the same roof. They all belong to the same clan, but at times they have very different ideas about how to run their family affairs. Some of them, for instance, have no use for any outside devotion. God is a spirit, and He wants to be worshipped in spirit only, they say. Consequently, they have dispensed with all liturgy. They don’t want any distracting ceremonies, no incense, no vestments, no music, no pictures and images, not even sacraments - only the service of the spirit. The trouble is, however, that as long as we live here on earth, we simply are not pure spirits, but we have also a body, and in that body, a very human heart; and this heart needs outward signs of its inward affections. That is why we embrace and kiss the one we love; and the more we love, the more ardently we press him to this very heart - somehow it seems as if these cousins had overlooked that fact. But you can’t cheat the heart; it knows what it wants, and it knows how to get it. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 The most striking difference between little ones and grownups is that little ones cannot worry, and they cannot worry because they have no past and no future. They live only in the present moment. Just watch children. If they play, they play and don't even hear us call them and don't notice anything that is going on around them. If they eat, they eat; if they sleep, they sleep. There is a beautiful English word which describes how they do whatever they do, they do it 'whole-heartedly', whereas grownups always are half-hearted. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 Like many other parents who have been leaders for a very long time, I simply didn't know how to step down without bitterness and reproaches. There I found myself in the middle of a generation gap. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 What is the usual reaction among our friends and neighbors if in a family something unexpected happens? Telephone and email are immediately put to work and the incident is discussed for days on end. It is no wonder there is no time left in which to ponder on what it might mean, what message God might want to bring home to us by permitting this or that to happen in our lives. 'To ponder' is an all-but-forgotten art in our days. Who thinks? We don't need to anymore. The TV and internet do it for us. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 I wouldn't call girls a hobby. It's a pastime. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I don't like to be called Elvis the Pelvis. It's one of the most childish expressions I've ever heard coming from an adult. But if they wanna call me that, there's nothin' I can do about it, so I just have to accept it. Just like you gotta accept the good with the bad, the bad with the good. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 When I started singing, I weighed 153 pounds. I weigh 184 now. I haven't gotten any taller, but I'm putting on a little more weight. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I like pork chops and country ham, creamed potatoes, stuff like that. Redeye gravy. It comes from ham, bacon, stuff like that. It's the grease that you fry it in. I eat a lot of Jell-O. Fruit Jell-O. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I never have tasted alcohol. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 In public, I like real conservative clothes, something that's not too flashy. But onstage, I like 'em as flashy as you can get 'em. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 My mother goes to town now and she buys anything she wants, which makes me feel real good. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 All my life, I've always had a nice time. We never had any money or nothin', but we never were hungry, you know. That's something to be thankful for. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The only exercise I get is on the stage. If I didn't get that, I'd get a little round around the tummy, as much as I eat. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The only kind of trouble I've ever been in is when I was stealing eggs when I was little. I think I know right from wrong. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I would like to learn how to act in the movies. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The thing I like about success is to know that you've got so many friends. A lot of real close friends that I've made since I've been in the business. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I don't think it's very good to work in your hometown. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I went into Sun Records and there was a guy in there took down my name, told me he might call me sometime. So he called me about a year and a half later, and I went in and made my first record, "That's All Right, Mama." 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people just sway back and forth. I just started doin' my altogether, I guess. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I watch my audience and listen to 'em, and I know that we're all getting somethin' out of our system. None of us knows what it is. The important thing is we're getting rid of it and nobody's getting hurt. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The first car I bought was the most beautiful car I've ever seen. It was secondhand, but I parked it outside of my hotel the day I got it. I sat up all night, just lookin' at it. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I haven't met the girl yet, but I will, and I hope I won't be too long, 'cause I get lonesome sometimes. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Critics have a job to do and they do it. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 You have to put on a show for people in order to draw a crowd. If I just stood out there and sang and didn't move a muscle, then people would say, My goodness, I can stay home and listen to his records. You have to give them a show. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I hate to turn anybody down who wants an autograph. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 The Colonel has a lot of friends in the entertainment business. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 My mother never really wanted anything fancy. She just stayed the same all the way through the whole thing. I wish - there's a lot of things happened since she passed away that would've made her very happy and very proud. But that's life. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 It takes time to accomplish certain things. You can't overstep your bounds. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I'm not knocking people who like golf and tennis, but I like rugged sports - boxing, football, karate, things like that. I have a great ambition to play football. The thing I keep up with most is professional football. I know all the players, I know all their numbers. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I don't read any of the books that other people read. I read a lot of philosophy and some poetry. That type of stuff interests me. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 When I'm pushed to a certain point, I have a very bad temper. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 It comes with time and a little living a few years behind you. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 You get a little older, you learn a little more, you see things a little differently. You see people a little differently. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 I've had a pretty good lesson in human nature. It's more important to try to surround yourself with people who can give you a little happiness, because you only pass through this life once, Jack. You don't come back for an encore.  
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 For a hundred years the owners screwed the players. For 25 years the players have screwed the owners - they've got 75 years to go. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 A lot of times they don't want to hear it. But you know, if some good is done to you, you should pass it on. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 And the whole thing is that you're treated like a step-child. Here it was down here, everything in the black, because they were stealing, basically. Stealing from us old country boys down here. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Because Ritchie Valens WAS the real deal. He was only starting, but in the time he spent in the business, he made big impact. I don't know if anybody could have made a bigger one. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Besides that, I felt guilty. I thought for some reason... I was alive, and Buddy and those boys were dead, and I didn't know how, but somehow I'd caused it. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 But Buddy was an upper. He was happy. He loved music, and he was really happy. I don't know... I don't believe in reincarnation at all, but if all that stuff is true, then he might have been on his last time around. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 But ya know what, I am a part of something that happened. I'm a part of the music that happened. My voice is one more instrument, is what it is. So that's the way I feel about people who play on sessions. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 But you know, the system almost destroyed itself while it was goin' on trying to destroy us. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Chet loved artists. He did. But he was caught up in the system. He had two hats. He had to have 'em because he did two things: he was an artist, and he was an executive. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Cuz I was never pretty anyway and never cared anything about that. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Don't ever try and be like anybody else and don't be afraid to take risks. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Finally, my manager negotiated a deal where I got to produce my own records. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Honesty is something you can't wear out. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I didn't aim at anything except good music. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I love Johnny Cash, and I respect Johnny Cash. He's the biggest. He's like an Elvis in this business, but no, he's never been the rebel. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I mean, I think we're put here on earth to make your own destiny, to begin with. I don't think there's anything you can do this way or that way to change anything. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I never have any problem getting enthusiastic with a good song and a good band. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 I was king of the mountain for a long time, well, I don't want that no more. I like to perform every once in a while for people who want to see me, and cut albums of music that is what I'm really about. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 It was all devastating. I'd never dealt with losing anyone close to me, and I didn't know where to put it in my life. I was very young then. Buddy taught me so much in such a short time. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Jessi is a great person. She really is. She's been a friend to me all through all my bad times, and she's understood what I was doing. She came up with that one saying, which was great. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Mainly what I learned from Buddy was an attitude. He loved music, and he taught me that it shouldn't have any barriers to it. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Now, I don't know how they judge all that, but if anybody in the world deserves to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Ritchie Valens does. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 Now, I was on drugs, and that didn't help a whole lot. He hated that. That was part of where Chet and I had problems, so I take complete blame for that. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 So I'm not very popular here with those inside the system, as you might guess. I never wanted to be. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 We did an album one time called White Mansions, about the civil war, but it was written by a guy from England. His looking at it from over there and it not being a part of his history made it so he could be objective. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 You know, I feel sorry for the young artists. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 You know, in the days when I started, if you had Chet Atkins' name on your record as a producer and it was on RCA, you could work the road. It didn't have to be a big hit record, it just had to have that on it. 
Author: Waylon Jennings
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1937  - d. 13 February 2002
  
 This interesting factoid: in addition to 200 million Vista users with the 4 note splash, an extract from the Soundscapes’ Vista sessions is estimated to strike up 91% of 32 trillion times on the new MS Mail programme this year. So, one of the planet’s least popular music forms will also be the planet’s most sounded in 2008. This has to be some kind of a record. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls on unlikely characters to give it voice. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Equilibrium is not static. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 According to USA today, the average length of an attention span of a man in America is 23 minutes. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 And if you are playing in several meters at once, there has to be a - not a rigid - but there definitely has to be a reference to a common pulse in the band. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 But above that, most mature adults can hold their attention on something for 45 minutes, whether they like it or not. But above that requires training. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade the members of what I see to be the next course of action, how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people. It is not possible. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not? 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 If you are playing repertoire material, you're stuck. There's not huge amounts you can do.  
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Michael Giles the first drummer of King Crimson, never agreed to the name King Crimson. But then, if you'd knew Michael, you would know he didn't agree to the album cover either. So maybe Michael didn't agree to the point of definition with many things. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Music can be transformative, utterly transformative. The act of music is utterly transformative. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Now, if King Crimson accepts responsibility for innovating its own tradition, you can't accept responsibility for the audience. And there is an enormous tangible weight of expectation, which comes from an audience attending a King Crimson concert. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn't hear what is going on, is it going on or not? 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 Then certainly for a musician timing becomes something that is immediately accessible as a concept, because it's a necessity in ones everyday performance. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 To me, Bill's musical heart is in Earthworks, in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 What is necessary is possible, what we want is expensive. What is unnecessary is unlikely. 
Author: Robert Fripp
Nationality: English
b. 16 May 1946
  
 To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present: that is what I spend my whole life doing. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 I am made up of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without resting upon anything positive, without having calmed my restless spirit either by religion or philosophy. Undoubtedly I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 What I need is to believe in myself again - for my faith has been greatly undermined; it seems to me my role is over. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 Just as I was starting on my journey the idea came to me for a new symphony, this time with a program, but a program which will remain an enigma to all - let them guess it who can. It will be called "A Programmatic Symphony" (No. 6). During my trip, while composing in my mind, I frequently shed tears. When I got home I settled down to sketch it, and the work went so furiously that I had the first movement completely ready in less than four days and the remaining movements are already clearly outlined in my head. Half the third movement is already done. There will be much innovation of form in this symphony - and incidentally, the finale will not be a noisy allegro but, on the contrary, a long drawn-out adagio. You can't imagine what bliss I feel, being convinced that my time is not yet passed and I can still work. Perhaps, of course, I'm mistaken, but I don't think so. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless bastard! It annoys me that this self-inflated mediocrity is hailed as a genius. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance, as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production, it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four, if I put pencil to paper, music comes. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing, and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions than any other band leader in the country. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest and improved that quality. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds? 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 My religion lies in my composition. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 No nation as young as America can be expected to become immediately a power in the arts. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you, lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Sincere composers believe in God. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The average music-lover hears only the production under prevailing conditions. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because, at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting, and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me. I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 There is much modern music that is better adapted to a wind combination than to a string, although for obvious reasons originally scored for an orchestra. If in such cases the interpretation is equal to the composition the balance of a wind combination is more satisfying. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 To the average mind popular music would mean compositions vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment. That is absolutely false. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 A certain kind of paradox is built into jazz music. You had people who created a music that's really celebrating democratic possibilities: liberation, freedom of the spirit, a soaring above adversities - who really hadn't experienced everything that democratic society had to offer, but you could look around and see the promise embedded in the society. Jazz is a kind of lyricism about the great American promise and our inability to live up to it. 
Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 April 1952
  
 As a matter of fact they'd blacken us down. I guess there's a reason that according to what the Caucasian wanted us to look like. He wanted us to look - if we were Black, then he had his idea of what we look like. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I don't have perfect pitch, but I have relative pitch. I'm glad I don't have perfect pitch because perfect pitch can drive you crazy. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn't stay that long because I went into show business. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I was so enamored with the idea of being in show business so everything was bright to me. I mean, I didn't think of it as being tough and things like that. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I was still in school at the time and Cab was very popular and everybody was doing Cab Calloway so I did. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 I'm used to hearing myself. My own voice. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer you must go to college. But if you want to be a musician or such, study your craft. Study music. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 It taught me something. It taught you your craft. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  
 Today the kids that are out now they make a hit record and they put them right out on the stage with 10,000 people out there and they don't know anything about the business yet. 
Author: Billy Eckstine
Nationality: African-American
b. 08 July 1914  - d. 08 March 1993
  




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