no feeling, except the
extremes of fear and grief, that
does not find relief in music.
are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life.
We have language. . . . We have affection. We have
genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to
a "common goal" of nature as I can guess at.
And finally, perhaps best of all, we have music.
I listened, motionless
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my hear I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.
To sing is to
love and affirm, to fly and soar, to coast into the hearts of the people
who listen, to tell them that life is to live, that love is there, that
nothing is a promise, but that beauty exists, and must be hunted for and
found. -Joan Baez
just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It's a need, a deep
hunger; and when the music is right, it's joy. Love. A
foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief. Is it too much to
think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music? How,
then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?
-Orson Scott Card
When I hear music, I
fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am
related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
I'm wishing he could see
that music lives. Forever. That it's stronger than death.
Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when
nothing else can. -Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
Music. . . will help
dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities,
and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in
you. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Music produces a kind of
pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
tears, lamentation, laughter--to all these music gives voice, but
in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to
a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were
sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and
clouds in the tranquil and fathomless
profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no
evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard
Music is the language
of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace,
abolishing strife. -Khalil
Music is the great uniter. An
incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything
and anything else can have in common.
-Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine
picture every day of one's life, in order that worldly cares may
not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted
in the human soul. -Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe
paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on
silence. -Leopold Stokowski
Music . . .
can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
The only truth
is music. -Jack Kerouac
Music gives a
soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything. -Plato
To stop the flow of music
would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and
inconceivable. -Aaron Copland
should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE
ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS
MUSIC. -Kurt Vonnegut
that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
-Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays
People worry about
kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we
are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them
over. Nobody worries about kids listening to
thousands--literally thousands--of songs about broken hearts and
rejection and pain and misery and loss. -Nick
Hornby, High Fidelity
was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and
curl my back to loneliness. -Maya
music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the
instruments. It is not the violins and the cornets--it is
not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone
singer singing his sweet romanza--nor that of the women's chorus;
it is nearer and farther than they. -Walt
Whitman, "A Song for Occupations"
If I were not a physicist, I
would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my
daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
is a field where all wonderful perfections of microscope and
telescope fail. All exquisite niceties of weights and
measures as well as that which is behind them, the keen and
driving power of the mind. No facts, however indubitably
detected, no effort of reason, however magnificently maintained,
can prove that Bach's music is beautiful.
Music is the
basis of the whole creation. In reality the whole of
creation is music, and what we call music is simply a miniature of
the original music, which is creation itself, expressed in tone
Hazrat Inayat Khan
No soul comes on earth without a feeling for music. It is
only when souls have become dense after having come to the earth
that they lose that feeling. But when someone has lost
interest in music one should know that person is not living; there
is something that was living in that person that is now dead.
Indians long ago knew that music was going on permanently and that
hearing it was like looking out a window at a landscape which
didn't stop when one turned away. -John
life would be a mistake. -Friedrich
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