Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.

—Noël Coward, 1930

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.

—Anaïs Nin, 1939

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

Music is our myth of the inner life.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1942

All the daughters of music shall be brought low.

—Ecclesiastes, c. 400 BC

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

—Voltaire, 1759

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

—George Eliot, 1868

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

—Henry Miller, 1945

He who sings frightens away his ills.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

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

—Antonín Dvořák, 1893

Without music life would be a mistake.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889