Musician Sayings and Quotes

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

I love anyone who breaks the rules, and musicians always break the rules in an aggressive way.     

Donatella Versace

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

Too many young musicians today want to win polls before they learn their instruments.     

Benny Goodman

Serious musicians are finding it harder and harder to have a voice in the world of music these days.     

Kevin Eubanks

Musicians more than most people are in the moment. That's the dual nature of that job.     

Gail Zappa

As musicians, and as people who sell material for people to hear and absorb, it's important that we use that voice wisely.     

Roberta Flack

If you play music with passion and love and honesty, then it will nourish your soul, heal your wounds and make your life worth living. Music is its own reward.     


The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.     

Duke Ellington

The great musicians are those who can reach people, who can make people feel something.     

Sam Rivers

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.     

Abraham Maslow

As a musician, I hear the harmonic value of everything I just enjoy music.     

Darren Criss

Musicians have always had a better understanding of love than the rest of us. Over the years they have told us that love: is like a rock, is here to stay, is all you need, will find a way, will keep us together, will tear us apart, sucks.     

Cuthbert Soup

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

Musicians own music because music owns them.     

Virgil Thomson

The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.     

Roy Ayers

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

Pablo Casals

The best musicians transpose consciousness into sound; painters do the same for color and shape.     

Haruki Murakami

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Music itself is not going to let you down.     

Virgil Thomson

All musicians are potential band leaders.     

Thelonious Monk

Musicians from the beginning of time have been there to express the mood and the musical feelings in the air for whatever's going on in that particular culture. It's the greatest joy as a musician to be able to translate that, be part of something and watch the scenery around you.     

Trey Anastasio

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.     

James Taylor

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.     

Leopold Stokowski

I'm a self taught musician, so I never really had the restrictions of any one instrument. I would always just sort of pick up instruments and make noise with em.     

Adrian Grenier

Musicians tend to get bored playing the same thing over and over, so I think it's natural to experiment.     

Dimebag Darrell

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.     

Henry Rollins

Great musicians accept everything that they hear and find something good. They take what they like and they throw away what they don't like.     

John Zorn

Music to me is like breathing. I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music.     

Ray Charles

Musicians are always gigging and never have a chance to stop for a minute.     

Keith Jarrett

If some musicians put half as much effort in to the business side as they do their outer look and appearances, they could be twice as far.     

Loren Weisman

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.     

Louis Armstrong