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"Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!"
- Drunken Irish Man At A Rancid Show.

"Punks not dead...it's just taking a nap"
- Disgruntled Bad Religion Fan After They Failed To Come Back For An Encore"

"Punks not dead...it just sucks now"
- Seen on a T-Shirt

"Any self-respecting punk rocker knows that christian punk is an oxymoron!"
- Somebody Special

"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
- Mark Twain

"There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."
- Voltaire

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
- Igor Stravinsky

"Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
- Thomas Carlyle

"Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune."
- Kin Hubbard

"We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency."
- Mark Twain

"The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin."
- Steve Goodman

"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

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."
- J.S. Bach

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
- John Lennon

"Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"A good composer does not imitate; he steals."
- Igor Stravinsky

"I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different."
- Tony Bennet

"I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is the language I don't understand."
- Sir Edward Appleton

"No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing."
- W H Auden

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, sings."
- Ed Gardner

"You know you're getting old when everything hurts. And what doesn't hurt doesn't work."
- Hy Gardner

"I have witnessed and greatly enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide."
- Mark Twain

"Last night at Carnegie Hall, Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost."
- Harold C. Schonberg

"It is quite untrue that British people don't appreciate music. They may not understand it but they absolutely love the noise it makes."
- Sir Thomas Beecham

"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer."
- Victor Borge

"I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig."
- Alfred Hitchcock

"Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer."
- John Ruskin

"There are more bad musicians than there is bad music."
- Isaac Stern

"Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?"
- Igor Stravinsky

"His music used to be original. Now it's aboriginal."
- Sir Ernest Newman, [About Igor Stravinsky]

"Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o'clock and after it has been running for three hours, you check your watch and it says 6:20."
- David Randolph

"One can't judge Wagner's opera 'Lohengrin' after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend hearing it a second time."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"I once sent him a song and asked him to mark a cross wherever he thought it was faulty. Brahms returned it untouched, saying "I don't want to make a cemetery of your compositions."
- Hugo Wolf

"The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth."
- Andre Segovia

"I'm not really a good singer. But most people aren't, either."
- Robyn Hitchcock

"If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera."
- Sarah Caldwell

"There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead."
- Arthur Honegger

"Boys, look like you're having fun, but don't have any. (To his band just before going on the air) - Lawrence Welk

"She has a nice voice, but she looks a little bit too much like Eleanor Roosevelt."
- Lawrence Welk

"Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?"
- Lawrence Welk

"I don't deserve a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. But fifteen years ago, I had a brain operation and I didn't deserve that, either. So I'll keep it."
- Quincy Jones

"I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators."
- John Sebastian

"The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me."
- Alberta Hunter

"I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me."
- Richard Thompson

"You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie." (Night at the Opera)
- Groucho Marx

"The soundtrack to 'Indecent Exposure' is a romantic mix of music that I know most women love to hear, so I never keep it far from me when women are nearby."
- Fabio

"Listen Edith, I know you're singing, you know you're singing, but the neighbors may think I'm torturing you."
- "Archie Bunker" Carroll O'Connor

"I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch."
- George Burns

"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song."
- Louis Armstrong

"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
- H. L. Mencken

"Remember that I wrote a pavane for a dead princess, and not a dead pavane for a princess!"
- Maurice Ravel

"You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel."
- Maurice Ravel

"After I die I shall return to earth as the doorkeeper of a bordello and I won't let a one of you in."
- Arturo Toscanini

"God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way."
- Arturo Toscanini

"He stole my music but he gave me my name."
- Muddy Waters (on Mick Jagger)

"Some kids in Italy call me 'Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me 'Grandma Jazz.'"
- Ella Fitzgerald

"A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside. . . I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry."
- Erik Satie

"I liked the bit about quarter to eleven. (on Debussy's "Dawn to Noon on the Sea") - Erik Satie

"Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself."
- Erik Satie

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
- Steve Martin

"MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken!"
- Lewis Black

"The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge."
- Cleveland Amory

"Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?"
- John Cage

"If you would be singing like this two thousand years ago, people would have stoned you."
- Simon Cowell

"If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning."
- Simon Cowell

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
- Edith Sitwell

"The Prelude to [Wagner's] 'Tristan und Isolde' reminds one of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel."
- Eduard Hanslick

"Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings."
- Jelly Roll Morton

"I want to write songs that are so sad, the kind of sad where you take someone's little finger and break it in three places."
- Nick Cave

"They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker

"Have you got any soul?" a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I've got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can't seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn't be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
- Aldous Huxley

"Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later."
- Allan Bloom

"History is made by stupid people. Clever people wouldn't even try. If you want your name in the history books than do something dumb before you die."
- Arrogant Worms

"There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead."
- Arthur Honegger

"It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness & of pain: of strength & freedom. The beauty of disappointment & never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, & everlasting beauty of monotony."
- Benjamin Britten

"Good music is good music and that should be enough for anybody"
- Brad Nowell

"Music that does not SURGE is not great music."
- Carl Ruggles

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
- Charlie Parker

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you donít live it, it wonít come out of your horn. They teach you thereís a boundary line to music. But, man, thereís no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker, "Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground"

"Music is the silence between the notes."
- Claude Debussy

"And it's 1,2,3 what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam, and 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there ain't no time to wonder why, lookout, we all gonna die."
- Country Joe McDonald

"When the music of a state changes, the constitution will change too."
- Daimon

"It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites-opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is not polarity-where energies flow smoothly in one direction-there will be much doing but no music."
- Eric Hoffer

"Music is essentially useless, as life is."
- George Santayana, "Life of Reason"

"What's best in music is not to be found in the notes."
- Gustav Mahler

"The music business is a cruel and shallow trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men lie like dogs. There is also a negative side"
- Hunter S. Thompson

"Love, let me sleep tonight on your couch, and remember the smell and the fabric of your simple city dress, oh, that was so real."
- Jeff Buckley

"It's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder It's never over, all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her...It's never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter It's never over, she is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever"
- Jeff Buckley

"The world is going to Hell, we don't have a record deal, and I've never had a better time in my life."
- Jeff Tweedy

"a lot has changed since 1959, my life goes beyond that past, that point in time. Since the madness, the changes that we've made, there's still one thing that seems to remain the same. Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, My Dancing Queen. It seems yesterday's stars still shine today's scene. What's the secret to keep it alive? Who will remember, who will survive? A lot will change after 1999, the course of the future lies on that dotted line. Where we are headed, where we might go. Will anyone stop us? Does anyone even know? Well, we may not be mainstream or viciously rotten teens or sing like angels with white soft feathered wings. But I think we've got a shot at that old time capsule box. Help me keep it alive like the golden age of rock. You're never old news, your memories etched in time. It's 1999."
- Jersey

"I don't solve the puzzle that the mesostic string presents. Instead I write or find a source text which is then used as an oracle. I ask it what word shall I use for this letter and what one for the next, etc. This frees me from memory, taste, likes, and dislikes, By means of Mesolist, a program by Jim Rosenberg, all words that satisfy the mesostic rule are listed. IC [the program that generates the I Ching numbers] then chooses which words in the lists are to be used and gives me all the central words, the position of each in the source material identified by page, line, and column. I then add all the wing words from the source text following of course the rule Mesolist does within the limit of forty-five characters to the right and the same to the left. Then I take out the words I don't want."
- John Cage

"Which is more musical: a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?"
- John Cage

"I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, 'You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through.' So I said, 'I'll beat my head against that wall.'"
- John Cage

"[But] they canít kill music. God knows, theyíve tried. But music always wins. As long as thereís kids coming up that have a passion. All the bean counters in the world canít kill that. You know? You just canít. They can try, of course, to feed you the most puerile, benign horse manure, but some kidís going to come along and demand something more than that."
- John Hiate

"Some visualize the Pistols era in shades of black and white. It wasn't. Actually, the colors I envision are neon or army dirt green with fluorescent pink--anything that would annoy.""
- John Lydon

"Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind."
- Lewis Thomas

"It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
- Oscar Wilde

"At night, as I tried to go to sleep, I listened to Mr. Fox play the piano, and I learned from those evening recitals that music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.
- Pat Conroy, "Beach Music"

"Compare music to drinks. Some is like a strong brandy. Some is like a fine wine. The music you're playing sounds like Diet Coke."
- Pavarotti

"[Music] takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Many years ago, in the easy, earliest time of the Dead, I was the girl who danced on stage-- before the need for stringent backstage security, before record contracts, world travels, and a general nervousness about the motives of nearby peoples. I had no motive except to step inside that magic circle of music and dance with it from that cental place. I knew this time of privilege wouldn't last long, so I wasn't surprised when it ended. But for some of the most unspeakably happy and truely liberated times I have ever had in my life, I always wanted to thank you guys."
- Rosie McGee

"Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music"
- Rossini

"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory."
- Sir Thomas Beecham "Jazz is My Adventure"
- Thelonius Monk

"Are you pretty? Are you queen of the dark silhouettes on the movie screen? Do you want my heart, or do you want more 'Cos everyone's a whore on the disco floor."
- Tom Dorman

"A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become."
- W. H. Auden

"There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music."
- John Keats

"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."
- M. Aumonier

"Look at the stars sometimes. They are only notes They are music."
- Pat Conroy

"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness."
- George Jean Nathan

"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought."
- E.Y. Harburg (Edgar Yipsel) (1898 - 1981)

"Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together."
- Anais Nin

"Music that gentlier on the spirit lies Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin."
- Steve Goodman

"Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever."
- June Masters Bacher

"Without music, life is a journey through a desert"
- Pat Conroy

"Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music? "
- John Cusack (Rob Gordon) High Fidelity

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous."
- Yehudi Menuhin

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
- Igor Stravinsky

"It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit -- enable them to see visions and dream dreams."
- Eric Anderson

"I been doing the same things as in my younger days, when I was coming up, and now here I am, an old man, up there in the charts. And I say, well, what happened? Have they just thought up the real John Lee Hooker, is that it? And I think, well, I won't tell nobody else! I can't help but wonder what happened."
- John Lee Hooker (1917-2001)

"I improvised, crazed by the music. . . . Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone."
- Josephine Baker (1906-1975) French dancer

"Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us."
- Unknown

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer (01/14/1875-1965)

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
- Victor Hugo

"Where words fail, music speaks."
- Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish short-story writer, poet

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
- Maya Angelou

"All the sounds of the earth are like music."
- Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960)

"It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

"In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain."
- George Szell

"You are the music while the music lasts."
- T. S. Eliot

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
- Beverly Sills Chairman of the Board, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and opera singer

"My dear fellow, my whole life is moved by the principle that the one thing which is more important than peace is music. It is because I believe that I am poor."
- Tempest-Tost, by Robertson Davies

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."
- J.S. Bach

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul."
- Author Unknown

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."
- Plato

"Music may achieve the highest of all missions: She may be a bond between nations, races and states, who are strangers to one another in many ways; She may unite what is disunited, and bring peace to what is hostile."
- Dr. Max Bendiner

"I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play everyday, and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it."
- James Taylor

". . . I improvised, crazed by the music. . . . Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone."
- Josephine Baker

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
- John Lennon

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."
- Ludwig van Beethoven

"Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words."
- quote from outside an old opera house

"It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception." (When asked about his theory of relativity)
- Albert Einstein

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best."
- Henry Van Dyke

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres."
- Pythagoras

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams World losers and world forsakers, on whole the pale moon gleams, but we are movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems."
- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

"The life of the arts far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose-and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization."
- John F. Kennedy

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
- Maya Angelou

"Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains."
- John Philip Sousa

"I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time."
- Bonnie Raitt

"Sugar is not so sweet to the palate as sound to the healthy ear."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"...the elephant smoked too much."(explaining why the keys of his piano were so yellow)
- Victor Borge

"If music be the food of love, play on: give me excess of it..."
- William Shakespeare

"Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time."
- Igor Stravinsky

"We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."
- B. B. King

"Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"A good composer does not imitate; he steals."
- Igor Stravinsky

"All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!"
- Yoko Ono

"There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another."
- Frank Zappa

"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."
- Elvis Presley

"All the sounds on the earth are like music."
- Oscar Hammerstein

"Without Elvis, none of us could have made it."
- Buddy Holly

"Country music is three chords and the truth."
- Harlan Howard

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."
- Billy Joel

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker

"The man that hath no music in himself Nor is not move'd with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons , strategems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted."
- William Shakespeare

"Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth."
- Ludwig Van Beethoven

"I've outdone anyone you can name -- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500."
- James Brown

"The high note is not the only thing."
- Placido Domingo

"Mozart is sweet sunshine."
- Antonin Dvorak

"You are the music while the music lasts."
- T. S. Eliot

"I wanted to command some faith to the audience. I wanted them to be intrigued, absolutely curious about what I am. That's what makes music attractive to me - it's the hole you get sucked into when you really get into a song.
- Black Francis (The Pixies)

"Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!"
- Drunken Irish Man At A Rancid Show.

"Punks not dead...it's just taking a nap"
- Disgruntled Bad Religion Fan After They Failed To Come Back For An Encore"

"Punks not dead...it just sucks now"
- Seen on a T-Shirt

"Any self-respecting punk rocker knows that christian punk is an oxymoron!"
- Somebody Special

"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
- Mark Twain

"There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."
- Voltaire

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
- Igor Stravinsky

"Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
- Thomas Carlyle

"Classical music is the kind that we keep hoping will turn into a tune."
- Kin Hubbard

"We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency."
- Mark Twain

"The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin."
- Steve Goodman

"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

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."
- J.S. Bach

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
- John Lennon

"Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"A good composer does not imitate; he steals."
- Igor Stravinsky

"I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different."
- Tony Bennet

"I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is the language I don't understand."
- Sir Edward Appleton

"No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing."
- W H Auden

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, sings."
- Ed Gardner

"You know you're getting old when everything hurts. And what doesn't hurt doesn't work."
- Hy Gardner

"I have witnessed and greatly enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide."
- Mark Twain

"Last night at Carnegie Hall, Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost."
- Harold C. Schonberg

"It is quite untrue that British people don't appreciate music. They may not understand it but they absolutely love the noise it makes."
- Sir Thomas Beecham

"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer."
- Victor Borge

"I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig."
- Alfred Hitchcock

"Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer."
- John Ruskin

"There are more bad musicians than there is bad music."
- Isaac Stern

"Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?"
- Igor Stravinsky

"His music used to be original. Now it's aboriginal."
- Sir Ernest Newman, [About Igor Stravinsky]

"Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o'clock and after it has been running for three hours, you check your watch and it says 6:20."
- David Randolph

"One can't judge Wagner's opera 'Lohengrin' after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend hearing it a second time."
- Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

"I once sent him a song and asked him to mark a cross wherever he thought it was faulty. Brahms returned it untouched, saying "I don't want to make a cemetery of your compositions."
- Hugo Wolf

"The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth."
- Andre Segovia

"I'm not really a good singer. But most people aren't, either."
- Robyn Hitchcock

"If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera."
- Sarah Caldwell

"There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead."
- Arthur Honegger

"Boys, look like you're having fun, but don't have any. (To his band just before going on the air)- Lawrence Welk

"She has a nice voice, but she looks a little bit too much like Eleanor Roosevelt."
- Lawrence Welk

"Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?"
- Lawrence Welk

"I don't deserve a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. But fifteen years ago, I had a brain operation and I didn't deserve that, either. So I'll keep it."
- Quincy Jones

"I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators."
- John Sebastian

"The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me."
- Alberta Hunter

"I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me."
- Richard Thompson

"You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie." (Night at the Opera)
- Groucho Marx

"The soundtrack to 'Indecent Exposure' is a romantic mix of music that I know most women love to hear, so I never keep it far from me when women are nearby."
- Fabio

"Listen Edith, I know you're singing, you know you're singing, but the neighbors may think I'm torturing you."
- "Archie Bunker" Carroll O'Connor

"I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch."
- George Burns

"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song."
- Louis Armstrong

"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
- H. L. Mencken

"Remember that I wrote a pavane for a dead princess, and not a dead pavane for a princess!"
- Maurice Ravel

"You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel."
- Maurice Ravel

"After I die I shall return to earth as the doorkeeper of a bordello and I won't let a one of you in."
- Arturo Toscanini

"God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way."
- Arturo Toscanini

"He stole my music but he gave me my name."
- Muddy Waters (on Mick Jagger)

"Some kids in Italy call me 'Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me 'Grandma Jazz.'"
- Ella Fitzgerald

"A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside. . . I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry."
- Erik Satie

"I liked the bit about quarter to eleven. (on Debussy's "Dawn to Noon on the Sea") - Erik Satie

"Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself."
- Erik Satie

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
- Steve Martin

"MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken!"
- Lewis Black

"The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge."
- Cleveland Amory

"Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?"
- John Cage

"If you would be singing like this two thousand years ago, people would have stoned you."
- Simon Cowell

"If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning."
- Simon Cowell

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
- Edith Sitwell

"The Prelude to [Wagner's] 'Tristan und Isolde' reminds one of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel."
- Eduard Hanslick

"Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings."
- Jelly Roll Morton

"I want to write songs that are so sad, the kind of sad where you take someone's little finger and break it in three places."
- Nick Cave

"They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker

"Have you got any soul?" a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I've got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can't seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn't be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
- Aldous Huxley

"Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later."
- Allan Bloom

"History is made by stupid people. Clever people wouldn't even try. If you want your name in the history books than do something dumb before you die."
- Arrogant Worms

"There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead."
- Arthur Honegger

"It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness & of pain: of strength & freedom. The beauty of disappointment & never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, & everlasting beauty of monotony."
- Benjamin Britten

"Good music is good music and that should be enough for anybody"
- Brad Nowell

"Music that does not SURGE is not great music."
- Carl Ruggles

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
- Charlie Parker

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you donít live it, it wonít come out of your horn. They teach you thereís a boundary line to music. But, man, thereís no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker, "Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground"

"Music is the silence between the notes."
- Claude Debussy

"And it's 1,2,3 what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam, and 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there ain't no time to wonder why, lookout, we all gonna die."
- Country Joe McDonald

"When the music of a state changes, the constitution will change too."
- Daimon

"It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites-opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is not polarity-where energies flow smoothly in one direction-there will be much doing but no music."
- Eric Hoffer

"Music is essentially useless, as life is."
- George Santayana, "Life of Reason"

"What's best in music is not to be found in the notes."
- Gustav Mahler

"The music business is a cruel and shallow trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men lie like dogs. There is also a negative side"
- Hunter S. Thompson

"Love, let me sleep tonight on your couch, and remember the smell and the fabric of your simple city dress, oh, that was so real."
- Jeff Buckley

"It's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder It's never over, all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her...It's never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter It's never over, she is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever"
- Jeff Buckley

"The world is going to Hell, we don't have a record deal, and I've never had a better time in my life."
- Jeff Tweedy

"a lot has changed since 1959, my life goes beyond that past, that point in time. Since the madness, the changes that we've made, there's still one thing that seems to remain the same. Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, My Dancing Queen. It seems yesterday's stars still shine today's scene. What's the secret to keep it alive? Who will remember, who will survive? A lot will change after 1999, the course of the future lies on that dotted line. Where we are headed, where we might go. Will anyone stop us? Does anyone even know? Well, we may not be mainstream or viciously rotten teens or sing like angels with white soft feathered wings. But I think we've got a shot at that old time capsule box. Help me keep it alive like the golden age of rock. You're never old news, your memories etched in time. It's 1999."
- Jersey

"I don't solve the puzzle that the mesostic string presents. Instead I write or find a source text which is then used as an oracle. I ask it what word shall I use for this letter and what one for the next, etc. This frees me from memory, taste, likes, and dislikes, By means of Mesolist, a program by Jim Rosenberg, all words that satisfy the mesostic rule are listed. IC [the program that generates the I Ching numbers] then chooses which words in the lists are to be used and gives me all the central words, the position of each in the source material identified by page, line, and column. I then add all the wing words from the source text following of course the rule Mesolist does within the limit of forty-five characters to the right and the same to the left. Then I take out the words I don't want."
- John Cage

"Which is more musical: a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?"
- John Cage

"I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, 'You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through.' So I said, 'I'll beat my head against that wall.'"
- John Cage

"[But] they canít kill music. God knows, theyíve tried. But music always wins. As long as thereís kids coming up that have a passion. All the bean counters in the world canít kill that. You know? You just canít. They can try, of course, to feed you the most puerile, benign horse manure, but some kidís going to come along and demand something more than that."
- John Hiate

"Some visualize the Pistols era in shades of black and white. It wasn't. Actually, the colors I envision are neon or army dirt green with fluorescent pink--anything that would annoy.""
- John Lydon

"Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind."
- Lewis Thomas

"It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives."
- Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity"

"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
- Oscar Wilde

"At night, as I tried to go to sleep, I listened to Mr. Fox play the piano, and I learned from those evening recitals that music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.
- Pat Conroy, "Beach Music"

"Compare music to drinks. Some is like a strong brandy. Some is like a fine wine. The music you're playing sounds like Diet Coke."
- Pavarotti

"[Music] takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Many years ago, in the easy, earliest time of the Dead, I was the girl who danced on stage-- before the need for stringent backstage security, before record contracts, world travels, and a general nervousness about the motives of nearby peoples. I had no motive except to step inside that magic circle of music and dance with it from that cental place. I knew this time of privilege wouldn't last long, so I wasn't surprised when it ended. But for some of the most unspeakably happy and truely liberated times I have ever had in my life, I always wanted to thank you guys."
- Rosie McGee

"Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music"
- Rossini

"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory."
- Sir Thomas Beecham "Jazz is My Adventure"
- Thelonius Monk

"Are you pretty? Are you queen of the dark silhouettes on the movie screen? Do you want my heart, or do you want more 'Cos everyone's a whore on the disco floor."
- Tom Dorman

"A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become."
- W. H. Auden

"There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music."
- John Keats

"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."
- M. Aumonier

"Look at the stars sometimes. They are only notes They are music."
- Pat Conroy

"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness."
- George Jean Nathan

"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought."
- E.Y. Harburg (Edgar Yipsel) (1898 - 1981)

"Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together."
- Anais Nin

"Music that gentlier on the spirit lies Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin."
- Steve Goodman

"Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever."
- June Masters Bacher

"Without music, life is a journey through a desert"
- Pat Conroy

"Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music? "
- John Cusack (Rob Gordon) High Fidelity

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous."
- Yehudi Menuhin

"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
- Igor Stravinsky

"It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit -- enable them to see visions and dream dreams."
- Eric Anderson

"I been doing the same things as in my younger days, when I was coming up, and now here I am, an old man, up there in the charts. And I say, well, what happened? Have they just thought up the real John Lee Hooker, is that it? And I think, well, I won't tell nobody else! I can't help but wonder what happened."
- John Lee Hooker (1917-2001)

"I improvised, crazed by the music. . . . Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone."
- Josephine Baker (1906-1975) French dancer

"Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us."
- Unknown

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer (01/14/1875-1965)

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
- Victor Hugo

"Where words fail, music speaks."
- Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish short-story writer, poet

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
- Maya Angelou

"All the sounds of the earth are like music."
- Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960)

"It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

"In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain."
- George Szell

"You are the music while the music lasts."
- T. S. Eliot

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
- Beverly Sills Chairman of the Board, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and opera singer

"My dear fellow, my whole life is moved by the principle that the one thing which is more important than peace is music. It is because I believe that I am poor."
- Tempest-Tost, by Robertson Davies

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."
- J.S. Bach

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