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

—Xie Lingyun, c. 425

The god of music dwelleth out of doors.

—Edith M. Thomas, 1887

Without music life would be a mistake.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.

—Anaïs Nin, 1939

Music today is nothing more than the art of performing difficult pieces.

—Voltaire, 1759

He who sings frightens away his ills.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

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

—Virgil, 38 BC

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

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

—George Eliot, 1868

Music is our myth of the inner life.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

Dance tunes are always right.

—Dylan Thomas, 1936

All the daughters of music shall be brought low.

—Ecclesiastes, c. 400 BC

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

—John Ruskin, 1865