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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

—Noël Coward, 1930

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

—George Eliot, 1868

Dance tunes are always right.

—Dylan Thomas, 1936

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

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

—Voltaire, 1759

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

Without music life would be a mistake.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889

I never practice, I always play.

—Wanda Landowska, 1953

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

—Antonín Dvořák, 1893

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

—Henry Miller, 1945

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

—Virgil, 38 BC