Music sweeps by me as a messenger / Carrying a message that is not for me.

—George Eliot, 1868

All of the great musicians have borrowed from the songs of the common people.

—Antonín Dvořák, 1893

The tune I remember, could I but keep the words.

—Virgil, 38 BC

Music is our myth of the inner life.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

If one hears bad music, it is one’s duty to drown it by conversation.

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

Dance tunes are always right.

—Dylan Thomas, 1936

He who sings frightens away his ills.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

The god of music dwelleth out of doors.

—Edith M. Thomas, 1887

Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don’t take it too seriously.

—Henry Miller, 1945

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.

—Anaïs Nin, 1939

I would delight in music, but the music is discordant.

—Xie Lingyun, c. 425

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

—Noël Coward, 1930

If you have any soul worth expressing, it will show itself in your singing.

—John Ruskin, 1865