Notes Sayings and Quotes

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


There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others.     

Thelonious Monk

There are no wrong notes.     

Miles Davis

Don't play the notes. Play the meaning of the notes.     

Pablo Casals

If you stopped playing notes, Music would still exist.     

Victor Wooten

There are no wrong notes in jazz: only notes in the wrong places.     

Miles Davis

Notes fly so much farther than words. There is no other way to reach the infinite.     

Anais Nin

You can't speak Music with notes alone, but you can speak Music without notes at all!     

Victor L. Wooten

The silence between two notes is as beautiful and meaningful as the notes themselves.     

Joseph Curiale

Great music as much about the space in between the notes as it is about the notes themselves.     

Sting

Silence is very important. The silence between the notes are as important as the notes themselves.     

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.     

Pete Seeger

The notes sound like they're coming from inside your mind... It was the closest thing to a psychedelic experience I've ever had.     

Robin Pecknold

It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.     

Miles Davis

The best way to waste your life, is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate.     

Chuck Palahniuk

In jazz improv, there is no such thing as wrong notes, only notes that are better chosen and it's not about the note you play, it's about the note you play next.     

Larry Carlton

Look at the piano. You'll notice that there are white notes and black notes. Figure out the difference between them and you'll be able to make whatever kind of music you want.     

George Gershwin

We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.     

Louis Armstrong

The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.     

Jon Stewart

The only notes that matter come in a wad.     

John Lydon

There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies.     

Willie Nelson

To me, the biggest notes and the longest notes are the easiest notes.     

Jennifer Hudson

Notes don't make music until you learn to insert silence between them.      

Ben Folds

In the liner notes, music is fine by itself. It doesn't need any explanation.     

Terry Bozzio

Notes, usually to be musical, have to move in or out. They don't sound like clarinets!     

Ray Still

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.     

Richard Nixon

We are musical notes emanating from the quantum string section of a grand symphonic orchestra.     

Kane Freeman

Lots of times it really doesn't matter what notes you play, but what notes come before and after a run.     

Tommy Bolin

Music is the space between the notes as much as the notes themselves; it's defined as much by silence as by sound.     

James McKean

The ballet embodies the notes of music. And sometimes you almost feel like you can see the notes dance up there on the stage.     

Robert Caro

Be aware of the high notes, of the blissful faces and their soft messages, and listen for the silent message of a highly decorated gift.      

Dejan Stojanovic