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Who hasn’t heard of William Shakespeare’s classic “If music be the food of love, play on” from “Twelve Night”. I am sure you have heard the importance of music in our life. The harmonious melody can enliven our daily life and fill it with the spirit of joy.

Humans have always found music important in their lives; be it for enjoyment in listening, the emotional response, performing or creating it.

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I read somewhere that the Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. In other words, music has always been part of our soul.

Here is my collection of short music quotes about life:

“Where words fail, music speaks.- Hans Christian Andersen

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy

“A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach

“Without music life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“He who sings scares away his woes.” – Cervantes

“The pause is as important as the note.” – Truman R. Fisher

“Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.”  – Robert Fripp

“Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?” – Michael Torke

“Don’t play the notes. Play the  meaning of the notes.” – Pablo Casals

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.”  – 0liver Wendell Holmes

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” – Frederick Delius

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” – William P. Merrill

“Music is what life sounds like.” – Eric Olson

“If you hit a wrong note. Then make it right by what you play afterwards.” – Joe Pass

“Music is the poetry of the air.” – Richter

“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

“The high note is not the only thing.” – Placido Domingo

“Music’s the medicine of the mind.” – John A. Logan

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

“There is no truer truth obtainable by Man than comes of music.” – Robert Browning

“When words leave off, music begins.” – Heinrich Heine

“What passion cannot music raise and quell!” – John Dryden

“A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.” – Benny Green

“When I don’t like piece of music, I make a point of listening to it closely.” – Florent Schmitt

“Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven.” – Lawrence Duncan

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

“Rock music in its lyrics often talks ahead of the time about what’s going on in the country.” – Edmund G.Brown

“Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.” – John Philip Sousa

“Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” – Leigh Hunt

“Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.”  – Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard

“Country music is three chords and the truth.”  – Harlan Howard

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

“Music is love in search of a word.” – Sidney Lanier

“Bach opens a vista to the universe.  After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.” – Helmut Walcha

“Words make you think a thought,  Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.” – E.Y. Harburg

“Music is the vernacular of the human soul.” – Geoffrey Latham

“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb

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