Quotes for
the Journey:


There is no feeling, except the
extremes of fear and grief, that
does not find relief in music.

George Eliot


We 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.     -Lewis Thomas

I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my hear I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

William Wordsworth
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
Music isn't 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.     -Henry David Thoreau

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.     -Confucius
Joy, sorrow, 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 water.     -Albert Schweitzer
People profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.     -Henry David Thoreau

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.     -Khalil Gibran
Music is the universal language of mankind.     -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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
One 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
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.     -Leopold Stokowski
Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.     -Leonard Bernstein
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
If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:  THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC.     -Kurt Vonnegut
After silence, 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
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.     -Maya Angelou
All 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.     -Albert Einstein

There 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.     -Edith Hamilton
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 and rhythm.

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.
The 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 Cage
Without music, life would be a mistake.     -Friedrich Nietzsche

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