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Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen, author
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Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerbach, poet
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Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono, musician
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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato, philosopher
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Music is a safe kind of high. Jimi Hendrix, musician
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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. Frank Zappa, musician
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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato, philosopher
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Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou, poet
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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley, musician
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Without music, life is a journey through a desert. Pat Conroy, author
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Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music. George Carlin, comedian
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Yes, there are times when I get extremely depressed and how I sublimate those feelings is through music. Peter Steele, musician
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Music is the universal language: it is the same anywhere you go in the world. Anonymous,
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For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. Reba McEntire, musician
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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Music is well said to be the speech of angels. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Music is my religion. Jimi Hendrix, musician
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Music is the space between the notes. Claude Debussy, composer
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Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Pau (Pablo) Casals,
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Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent Victor Hugo, author
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I buy records from all across the board. I get kind of a hybrid of influences in my own music. Jason Mraz, musician
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Sports without music, it's nothing but a game. Music adds the emotion. Ice Cube, musician
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Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix, musician
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Music causes us to think eloquently. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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What we play is life. Louis Armstrong, musician
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None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley, musician
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Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness. E. M. Cioran,
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If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good. Abbie Hoffman, activist
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Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
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Play it fuckin' loud! Bob Dylan, musician
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My music is about the journey, about love and the human experience. Wynonna Judd, musician
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I call architecture frozen music. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet
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When you are real in your music, people know it and they feel your authenticity. Wynonna Judd, musician
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Music stops you from thinking. Peter Weir, director
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Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet
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Music is only love looking for words. Lawrence Durrell, writer
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What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher
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Music is my way of getting away from everything. It means a lot to me. Jesse McCartney, musician
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The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. Bruce Springsteen, musician
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Music is what I breath, what I love to do. It keeps me alive. Miley Cyrus, musician
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My passion for music has always inspired my designs. Tommy Hilfiger, designer
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Only sick music makes money today. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another. Frank Zappa, musician
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Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. Lawrence Durrell, writer
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There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Albert Schweitzer, theologian
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A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. W. H. Auden, poet
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Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music. Christian Nevell Bovee,
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If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. Zimbabwe Proverbs,
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Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music. Allan Bloom, philosopher
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Music must serve a purpose; it must be a part of something larger than itself, a part of humanity... Pau (Pablo) Casals,
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The most important thing in music is what is not in the notes. Pau (Pablo) Casals,
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After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley, novelist
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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. Jack Black, actor
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Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory. Sir Thomas Beecham,
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I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel, musician
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Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. Charlie Parker, musician
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Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
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Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego. William Kennedy, writer
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Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein, composer
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One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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If it wasn't for music, I would think that love is mortal. Mark Helprin, novelist
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If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. Albert Einstein, physicist
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Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light. Claude Debussy, composer
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People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception? Claude Debussy, composer
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She was one of those people who said I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like. Max Beerbohm, actor
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A good composer does not imitate; he steals. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
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My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. Vladimir Nabokov, novelist
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Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Steve Martin, comedian
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I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music. Ursula K. Le Guin, writer
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There is two kinds of music the good and bad. I play the good kind. Louis Armstrong, musician
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Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
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You are the music while the music lasts. TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, poet
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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. John Keats, poet
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Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder. John Ruskin, writer
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Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. Frank Zappa, musician
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Singing really is acting. In a lot of ways, it's much more personal. I love music, and being able to work on that is amazing. Leighton Meester, actress
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My music is best understood by children and animals. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC Kurt Vonnegut, author
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I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. Claude Debussy, composer
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There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between. Sir Thomas Beecham,
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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously. Henry Miller, author
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Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
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Music is my shining light, my favorite thing in the world. T get me to stop doing it for one second would be difficult! Taylor Swift, musician
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As a woman, you spend so much time either cooking or getting ready to go somewhere. I like to have music when I'm doing either of these things. Zoe Saldana, actress
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And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking. Bob Dylan, musician
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I think the feelings in my music were suggested to me before I even had the ability to play music. John Frusciante, musician
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Music is what feelings sound like. Unknown,
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Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first. Josh Billings, comedian
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Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
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The high note is not the only thing. Placido Domingo, musician
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Music is the soul of language. Max Heindel,
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I didn Paul Klee, artist
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I resent performing for frisking idiots who don't know anything. John Lennon, musician
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When I wished to sing of love it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow it was transformed for me into love. Franz Schubert, composer
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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. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it. Henry David Thoreau, author
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Music is in my DNA! Rihanna, musician
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For me, music and life are all about style. Miles Davis, musician
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I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener. Arvo Part, composer
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Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them. John James Audubon, scientist
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Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. Joseph Addison, writer
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Don't play what's there, play what's not there. Miles Davis, musician
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Good music is very close to primitive language. Denis Diderot, editor
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Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor. Martin Luther, monk
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Modern music is as dangerous as narcotics. Pietro Mascagni, composer
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All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music. Walter Pater, critic
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A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors. Colin Wilson, writer
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Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. Martin Luther, monk
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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. Diogenes, philosopher
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Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart. Shinichi Suzuki, musician
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I'd rather let the music speak for itself. Serj Tankian, musician
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Elvis' early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits. Greil Marcus, author
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I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears. Adele, musician
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Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo, author
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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. Henry David Thoreau, author
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The relation between practical and spiritual spheres in music is obvious, if only because it demands ears, finger, consciousness and intellect. Luciano Berio, composer
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But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there. Richard Thompson, musician
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If I were to agree to write the music for your beautiful poem, it would tie your poem up for some years as I have agreements and obligations which I must respect. Jules Massenet, composer
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou, poet
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Music is a form of prayer. Toru Takemitsu, composer
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There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas. Robert Wyatt, musician
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To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain. Ken Burns, director
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Music should be your escape. Missy Elliot, musician
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It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony. Benjamin Britten, composer
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Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B.: This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast. William Congreve, poet
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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. Noel Coward, playwright
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Collect impressions. Don Claude Debussy, composer
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Do not allow the accents in the brass to produce space between the notes. Claude Debussy, composer
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Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. John Erskine, poet
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I know only two tunes. One them is Yankee Doodle and the other isn't. Ulysses Simpson Grant,
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It is the only sensual pleasure without vice. Samuel Johnson, author
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'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end. Ben Jonson, poet
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Without music, life would be an error. The German imagines even God singing songs Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Music and woman I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is. Samuel Pepys, writer
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Music is the key to the female heart. Johann G. Seume, theologian
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The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. Frank Sinatra, musician
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Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good or bad to the deaf. Baruch (_Benedict de) Spinoza,
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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. Henri B. Stendhal,
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