Music quotes

June 2, 2012

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. Gustav Mahler

I just can’t listen to any more Wagner, you know…I’m starting to get the urge to conquer Poland.  Woody Allen

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Music is no different from opium. Music affects the human mind in a way that makes people think of nothing but music and sensual matters. . . . Music is a treason to the country, a treason to our youth, and we should cut out all this music and replace it with something instructive.  Ayatollah Khomeini

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down. Bob Newhart

Music can elevate man to new heights. Especially elevator music. Jarod Kintz,

Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.  Keith Richards

I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain’t music, it’s close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music. Billie Holiday

Hell is full of musical amateurs:  George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read. Frank Zappa

There are two kinds of music. Good music and the other kind.  Duke Ellington

It’s music rage, which is like road rage, only more righteous. When you get road rage, a tiny part of you knows you’re being a jerk, but when you get music rage, you’re carrying out the will of God, and God wants these people dead.  Nick Hornby

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. Tom Waits

If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words.  Dolly Parton

Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe. Douglas Adams

[To another musician:] Oh, well, you play Bach your way. I’ll play him his. Wanda Landowska, Polish musician

If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night