Music is our myth of the inner life.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

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

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

—Noël Coward, 1930

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

—Voltaire, 1759

The god of music dwelleth out of doors.

—Edith M. Thomas, 1887

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

—Virgil, 38 BC

Without music life would be a mistake.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

He who sings frightens away his ills.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

All the daughters of music shall be brought low.

—Ecclesiastes, c. 400 BC

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

—George Eliot, 1868

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

—John Ruskin, 1865