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Music is so magical in many ways as these 75 music quotes describe; songs can uplift us, cause an emotional response and create unity amongst groups of people. Read on for quotations and sayings from famous people including musicians, all appreciating the power of music, sounds, and notes, no matter the genre. If you’re not feeling very musical, you certainly will be after reading the sayings here.

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1. “Music can change the world.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

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2. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran

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

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4. “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.”– Sun Tzu

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5. “A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.” – Frank Zappa

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

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7. “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”- Jean Paul

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8. “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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9. “I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music.” – Elton John

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10. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

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11. “Close your eyes. Listen. Nothing’s missing.” – Maxime Lagacé

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12. “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

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

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

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15. “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” – Steve Martin

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16. “My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.” – Bob Marley

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17. “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”- Jane Swan

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18. “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”– Johnny Depp

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19. “A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion but doesn’t.”– Tom Waits

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20. “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” –  Chinese proverb

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21. “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

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

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23. “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

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24. “Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.”– Thomas Fuller

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25. “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

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26. “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits

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27. “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” –  George Eliot

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28. “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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29. “Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.” – Oscar Wilde

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30. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” –  Plato

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31. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

32. “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

33. “Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. There’ll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar.” – Dave Edmunds

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

35. “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.” – William Shakespeare

36. “Music is healing. Music holds things together.” – Prince

37. “Get up from that piano. You hurtin’ its feelings.” – Jelly Roll Morton

38. “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” –  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

39. “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

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

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

42. “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

43. “The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers

44. “Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.” – Bill Cosby

45. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

46. “The only truth is music.” –  Jack Kerouac

47. “The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.” – Bruce Springsteen

48. “The piano has been drinking, not me.” – Tom Waits

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

50. “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” – W.H. Auden

51. “He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” – Hannah Harrington, Saving June

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

53. “Music comes from a place we don’t know.” – Chris Martin

54. “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” – Charles Darwin

55. “Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson

56. “Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” – Mark Twain

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

58. “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

59. “There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.” – George Eliot

60. “To many pieces of music finish too long after the end.” – Igor Stravinsky

61. “If I cannot fly, let me sing.” – Stephen Sondheim

62. “Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.” – Napoléon Bonaparte

63. “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” – Sarah Dessen

64. “There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn’t give a damn what goes on in between.” – Thomas Beecham

65. “Some people have lives; some people have music.” –  John Green

66. “I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

67. “The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.” – Duke Ellington

68. “There’s nothing like the eureka moment of knocking off a song that didn’t exist before – I won’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.” – Paul McCartney

69. “Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it’s not OK, but you can change it.” – Bono

70. “If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.” – Anna Akhmatova

71. “If you’ve lost your faith in love and music, then the end won’t be long.” – Pete Doherty

72. “Do I listen to pop music because I’m miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music?” – John Cusack

73. “You are the music while the music lasts.” – T.S. Eliot

74. “A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat

75. “I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.” – Bryce W. Anderson