• August 2016

28 Quotes About the Magic of Music

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once,” said Friedrich Nietzsche.

Scroll down for more thoughts that will take your breath away about the power of music, magic, and song. — Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Be Inkandescent


“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

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

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

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

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“And, in the end, The love you take, is equal to the love you make.” ― Paul McCartney, The Beatles

“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, Twelfth Night

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

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” ― Bob Marley

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

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

“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

“Life is for the living.Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” ― Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa

“Life, he realize, 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, The Last Song

“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

“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. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo, Hugo’s Works: William Shakespeare

“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

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

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

“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, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

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

“The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Why do beautiful songs make you sad?’ ‘Because they aren’t true.’ ‘Never?’ ‘Nothing is beautiful and true.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

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