Musicians Sayings and Quotes

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


A lot of musicians aren't proud; they'll do other work, just to be able to play music. I guess that's the way it's always going to be - musicians will have to suffer to a certain degree in order to obtain their outlet.     

Chico Hamilton

We are in a position, as musicians, to touch the souls of those who listen.     

Spencer W. Kimball

Usually people think that it is the musicians who create the music, but in fact it is music who creates the musicians.     

Robert Fripp

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

Musicians exist independent of any of the marketing terms or the categorization.     

Dwight Yoakam

Musicians understand each other through means other that speaking.     

Ry Cooder

Musicians wake up and create a more loving community by creating heavier music.     

Cass McCombs

The best musicians answer something in you when you don't even know the question.     

Allison Pearson

Musicians like to converse. There's always interesting conversation with musicians - with classical musicians, with jazz musicians, musicians in general.     

Wynton Marsalis

That's the thing about musicians: The priority is to create something new that's never been before. And you put your life on the line every time that you play.     

Charlie Haden

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

Naturally, no one knows more about music than musicians. They talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people's music.     

Michael Azerrad

All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.     

Thelonious Monk

Musicians own music because music owns them.     

Virgil Thomson

Musicians are, by and large, not the most politically savvy crew.     

Ben Shapiro

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

Keith Jarrett

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

Louis Armstrong

All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.      

Billy Bragg

The best musicians or sound-artists are people who never considered themselves to be artists or musicians.     

Aphex Twin

Musicians rarely have a sense of humour, at least, about themselves.     

Carolyn Wells

Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.     

Billy Joel

Great musicians are great musicians, whether they're playing a trombone or an electric guitar or a xylophone.     

Chris Stapleton

Sometimes, musicians worry too much about how beautifully they are playing.     

Simon Rattle

Musicians keep playing when the lights go out, when people are suffering, confused, or angry.     

Stephen Hough

Musicians are the architects of heaven.     

Bobby McFerrin

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

Musicians always have music in their heads about their perceptions of the world.     

Pattie Boyd

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.     

Henry Rollins