Music Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old music quotes, music sayings, and music proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.     

Jules Combarieu

When you're happy, you enjoy the music. When you're sad, you understand the lyrics.     

Unknown Author

Where words fail, music speaks.     

Hans Christian Andersen

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

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-bath is to the body.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.     

Baruch Spinoza

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.      

Joseph Addison

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.      

Joseph Addison

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.      

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.     

Leonard Bernstein

Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.      

Josh Billings

Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.     


Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation.     

John Cage

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. In fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.     

Thomas Carlyle

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.     

Pablo Casals

Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice.     

Sanuel Johnson

Music is the shorthand of emotion.      

Leo Tolstoy

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.     

Jean Paul Richter