270 Music Quotes on Its Effect on the Soul and Our Life

These top 270 music quotes will give you an idea of just how significant music is in our lives—whether it’s a source of inspiration, reprieve, or just something that gets you through the day.

There are many different types of music all over the world. In fact, it continuously evolves over time.

But one thing remains true—music is and will always be an important part of our daily lives.

So whether you’re just curious to find out more about what famous personalities think about music, or if you’re genuinely interested in some words of wisdom that will inspire you, then you better read through this collection of our favorite quotes about music. 

We have everything from quotes on love, life, the soul, and more!

Start reading the full list here.

Best Music Quotes

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

2. “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

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

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

5. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” – Victor Hugo

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

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

8. “Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.” – John Erskine

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

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

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

12. “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death, a note unsaid.” – Langston Hughes

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

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

Inspirational Music Quotes

15. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy

16. “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by.” – Billy Joel

17. “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that. I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” – John Lennon

18. “Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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

20. “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” – Steve Maraboli

21. “Even if you can’t sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing.” – Rebbe Nachman

22. “I merely took the energy it takes to pour and wrote some blues.” – Duke Ellington

23. “I think wherever you go, when people hear good music, they will react to it.” – Wiz Khalifa

24. “Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension.” – Cecilia Bartoli

25. “Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.” – Paul Simon

26. “It’s never too late to do anything new when it comes to music.” – Sivamani

27. “Everything in me feels fluttering and free, like I could take off from the ground at any second. Music, I think, he makes me feel like music.” – Lauren Oliver

28. “Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have.” – Alex Gaskarth

29. “I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what pure music would have done better.” – William Faulkner

Famous Music Quotes

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

31. “Any good music must be an innovation.” – Les Baxter​

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

33. “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen

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

35. “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” – Claude Debussy

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

37. “In music, the passions enjoy themselves.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

38. “The only love affair I have ever had was with music.” – Maurice Ravel

39. “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

40. “I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry or make you think.” – Kenny Rogers

41. “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

42. “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.” – Lady Gaga

43. “I believe 100% in the power and importance of music.” – James Taylor

44. “Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” – Robert Plant

Quotes About Music and Life

45. “Wake up, live your life, and sing the melody of your soul.” – Amit Ray

46. “Most things in music go full circle eventually.” – Simon Cowell

47. “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

48. “Music is a thing that changes people’s lives. It has the capacity to make young people’s lives better.” – Noel Gallagher

49. “There are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

50. “Music is the tool to express life—and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

51. “I need music. It’s like my heartbeat, so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what’s going on—bad games, press, whatever!” – LeBron James

52. “I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” – Igor Stravinsky

53. “Some days, there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

54. “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” – Dick Clark

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

56. “Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.” – Dimebag Darrell

57. “Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.” – Marcel Marceau

58. “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder

59. “To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” – Michael Jackson

Quotes About Music and Love

60. “Love is friendship set to music.” – Jackson Pollock

61. “The more you love, the more love you have to give. It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite.” – Christina Westover

62. “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” – Maria von Trapp

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

64. “Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

65. “If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

66. “Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed.” – Patrick Rothfuss

67. “Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you and good night.” – A. J. McLean

68. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

69. “My music is a luxury.” – Lana Del Rey

70. “Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.” – Edgar Winter

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

72. “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

73. “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

74. “A man should hear a little music, 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

Quotes About the Power of Music

75. “Music fills the infinite between two souls.” – Rabindranath Tagore

76. “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward Elgar

77. “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James

78. “You create a community with music—not just at concerts, but by talking about it with your friends.” – David Byrne

79. “Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.” – Jacques Barzun

80. “People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” – Taylor Swift

81. “Ah, music—a magic beyond all we do here!” – J.K. Rowling

82. “It’s pretty cool to see how far music can take you.” – Luke Bryan

83. “Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

84. “The market didn’t define the music; the music defined the market.” – Charlie Hunter

85. “This will be our reply to violence—to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein

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

87. “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.” – Ray Charles

88. “Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.” – Shania Twain

89. “Music—that’s been my education. There’s not a day that goes by that I take it for granted.” – Billie Joe Armstrong

Funny Music Quotes

90. “If music is a place, then Jazz is the city, Folk is the wilderness, Rock is the road, Classical is a temple.” – Vera Nazarin

91. “Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” – Kurt Vonnegut

92. “Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” – G.K. Chesterton

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

94. “Hell is full of musical amateurs.” – George Bernard Shaw

95. “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” – Louis Armstrong

96. “I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” – Freddie Mercury

97. “My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” – Edith Sitwell

98. “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” – Frank Zappa

99. “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.” – Stephen King

100. “Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell.” – Dave Matthews

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

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

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

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

Great Quotes About Music

105. “Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.” – Josh Homme

106. “Music is life! It’s a physical emotion—you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.” – Isaac Marion

107. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou

108. “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato

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

110. “Music is feeling. You can try to verbalize it. It really just hits you or it doesn’t.” – Gene Simmons

111. “Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.” – Frank Zappa

112. “For me, there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” – Eric Clapton

113. “People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.” – Michael Jackson

114. “There are two kinds of music—the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.” – Louis Armstrong

115. “My music, I hope, takes 100% of your concentration. I know how to do that.” – Trent Reznor

116. “The world’s most famous and popular language is music.” – Psy

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

118. “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

119. “Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” – Nicholas Sparks

Deep Quotes About Music

120. “Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing my mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami

121. “That’s why people listen to music or look at paintings—to get in touch with that wholeness.” – Corita Kent

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

123. “Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.” – Charlie Parker

124. “Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

125. “Music is something that should speak for itself, straight from the heart. It took me a long time to understand that.” – Damon Albarn

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

127. “Music is a talent given to me by God. A medium, and a platform, and a way to spread a message of righteousness—a message of love, a message of unity.” – Stephen Marley

128. “Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” – Lou Rawls

129. “If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” – Richard M. Nixon

130. “Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling.” – River Phoenix

131. “It’s like if the music is loud enough, I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts. ” – Nic Sheff

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

133. “With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.” – Aristotle

134. “Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Quotes About Music and the Soul

135. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

136. “Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?” – Goldie Hawn

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

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

139. “Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” – Pat Conroy

140. “Music comes to me more readily than words.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven

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

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

143. “Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.” – Charles Hart

144. “I lose myself in music because I can’t be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me.” – Robert Smith

145. “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman

146. “Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” – Macklemore

147. “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” – Plato

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

149. “No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

Short Quotes About Music

150. “Music gives color to the air of the moment.” – Karl Lagerfeld

151. “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

152. “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson

153. “Philosophy is the highest music.” – Plato

154. “Music—what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!” – Maria Augusta von Trapp

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

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

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

158. “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

159. “Music is my higher power.” – Oliver James

160. “Music is my religion.” – Jimi Hendrix

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

162. “Music—my rampart and my only one.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

163. “When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann

164. “Music should be your escape.” – Missy Elliott

Beautiful Quotes About Music

165. “Music is an expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life.” – Stephen Gaskin

166. “Music enriches people’s lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that.” – Victoria Wood

167. “Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.” – Joshua Logan

168. “Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb—‘Chi sa più, meno sa’—‘Who knows most, knows least.’” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

169. “Music is all about training in harmony, training to understand and use musical energy for our greater pleasure by attuning to the natural laws of the universe.” – Jane Siberry

170. “You have to take a deep breath and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play, allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.” – Kelly White

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

172. “Music is really driving my whole life.” – Ariana Grande

173. “Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen

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

175. “Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.” – Martin Luther

176. “When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.” – John Coltrane

177. “My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a foolish thing to say that, but when I know facts, I can say facts. My music will go on forever.” – Bob Marley

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

179. “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” – Aaron Copland

Quotes About the Importance of Music

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

181. “If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.” – Lauren Myracle

182. “Ladies and gentleman, I’ve suffered for my music, now it’s your turn.” – Neil Innes

183. “Music’s always been really cathartic. It’s the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song.” – Ville Valo

184. “I believe that a person’s taste in music tells you a lot about them. In some cases, it tells you everything you need to know.” – Leila Sales

185. “I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” – Morrissey

186. “It really matters what you listen to. Select music that will strengthen your spirit.” – Russell M. Nelson

187. “Music is a very big participant in everything I do—from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.” – Zoe Saldana

188. “And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean.” – Stephen Chbosky

189. “Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family.” – Eric Clapton

190. “Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Tiffanie DeBartolo

191. “If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” – Confucius

192. “It’s almost charity work, what people have done, turning other people on to my music.” – John Mayer

193. “That’s the amazing thing about music—there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles

194. “I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.” – David Bowie

Quotes About Music That Are Filled With Emotion

195. “Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” – Benjamin Disraeli

196. “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” – Frank Zappa

197. “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

198. “I love the relationship that anyone has with music because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words—something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It’s the best part of us, probably.” – Nick Hornby

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

200. “Every life has a soundtrack.” – Jodi Picoult

201. “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

202. “Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.” – Pat Conroy

203. “Who hears music feels his solitude, peopled at once.” – Robert Browning

204.  “I’ve always felt music is the only way to give an instantaneous moment the feel of slow motion—to romanticise it, and glorify it ,and give it a soundtrack and a rhythm.” – Taylor Swift

205. “The day you open your mind to music, you’re halfway to opening your mind to life.” – Pete Townshend

206. “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” – Lois Lowry

207. “All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.” – Jean Cocteau

208. “No matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances, our feelings and emotions are universal. And music has always been a great way to make people aware of that connection. It can help you open up a part of yourself and express feelings you didn’t know you were feeling.” – Josh Groban

209. “We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Poetic Quotes About Music

210. “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” – Oscar Wilde

211. “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” – Nora Roberts

212. “A strange art—music—the most poetic and precise of all the arts, vague as a dream and precise as algebra.” – Guy de Maupassant

213. “When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.” – Alan Watts

214. “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” – Pablo Casals

215. “If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.” – Mark Helprin

216. “Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don’t take it too seriously.” – Henry Miller

217. “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther

218. “All deep things are songs. It seems somehow the very central essence of us—song—as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!” – Thomas Carlyle

219. “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” – J.M. Barrie

220. “I try to put the same spirit into that that I put into any other music endeavor I’m involved in.” – John Frusciante

221. “It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.” – George Eliot

222. “As long as we live, there is never enough singing.” – Martin Luther

223. “Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

224. “Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” – Thomas Carlyle

Interesting Quotes About Music

225. “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” – Robert Fripp

226. “Music is the fourth great material want—first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

227. “If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!” – Count Basie

228. “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

229. “Old music is the same as new music—it’s just a different way of delivering it.” – Jeff Lynne

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

231. “The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with—nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mixtape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.” – Rob Sheffield

232. “Music is like a huge release of tension.” – James Taylor

233. “Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.” – Jerry Seinfeld

234. “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 musicHow, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?” – Orson Scott Card

235. “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” – Louis Armstrong

236. “We’re musicians. We make music for a living. It’s that simple. Nothing else matters.” – Eddie Van Halen

237. “The cool thing about music is no one can take music away from you, writing wise.” – Darren Criss

238. “Sometimes, I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem

239. “I don’t make music for the eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele

Quotes That Will Tell You More About Music

240. “Sometimes, I wish I could walk up to my music for the first time, as if I had never heard it before.” – John Coltrane

241. “A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.” – Mark Twain

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

243. “Music creates order out of chaos.” – Yehudi Menuhin

244. “The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a damn good start.” – Jodi Picoult

245. “Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.” – Billy Joel

246. “Sing your life; any fool can think of words that rhyme.” – Morrissey

247. “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.” – Thomas Merton

248. “A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.” – Dmitri Shostakovich

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

250. “I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” – James Taylor

251. “Music is everybody’s business. It’s only the publishers who think people own it.” – John Lennon

252. “There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.” – Franz Joseph Haydn

253. “A musician should only sound like what they do, and no two musicians sound the same. It’s an individual-feel thing, you know?” – Dave Grohl

254. “Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvelous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man.” – Frédéric Chopin

More Music Quotes You’ll Love

255. “Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.” – Baruch Spinoza

256. “Life is one grand sweet song so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan

257. “Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.” – Franz Liszt

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

259. “It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.” – Nina LaCour

260. “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

261.“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practicing, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.” – Robert Schumann

262. “Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music?’ That actually means they like no kinds of music.” – Chuck Klosterman

263. “Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven, and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” – Douglas Adams

264. “Do it again on the next verse and people think you meant it.” – Chet Atkins

265. “My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Igor Stravinsky

266. “No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” – Kurt Vonnegut

267. “Music sounds different to the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.” – Patrick Rothfuss

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

269. “I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.” – Criss Jami

270. “Jazz musicians have some outlaw in them somewhere.” – Mike Zwerin

What Does Music Mean to You?

Music is an integral part of life. In fact, you see it everywhere you go—from TV commercials, OSTs, jingles, and more!

There’s no denying how much influence music holds. But more than this, music is also a way for us to understand our deepest and innermost thoughts. They give life to our hidden emotions.

Because of this, music is understood to be a form of self-expression. It’s an expression of what the artist wants to share, but it’s also an expression of how a listener interprets a certain piece of music.

Music is very subjective—it may mean different things to many people. However, one thing’s for sure. Music frees us of our inhibitions and it gives us an outlet to express and share our innermost feelings—those found deep within our soul and our being.

Which music quote is your favorite? Do you want us to include any other quotes about music? Make sure you send them in the comment section below.


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Amy Finn

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