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Music is a higher revelation than philosophy. - Beethoven

Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the
ass. -Frank Zappa

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. -Groucho


The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it
makes. -Sir Thomas Beecham

Wagner's music is better than it sounds. -Mark Twain

The Marriage Of Figaro is far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many
notes. -The Emporer Ferdinand.

If Beethoven's seventh symphony is not by some means abridged, it

will soon fall into disuse. -Boston Music Critic.

The Beatles We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the
way out. -Decca Record Company / EMI / HMV etc...etc.

I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless

bastard! It annoys me that this selfinflated mediocrity is haled as a
genius. Why, in comparison with him, Raff is a genius. -Tchaikovsky.

Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both lend utility to their
conditions. -George Santayana

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. -Kin

Critics can't even make music by rubbing their back legs together.
-Mel Brooks

This door is baroquen, please wiggle Handel.(If I wiggle Handel, will it

wiggle Bach?)

Without music life would be a mistake. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Alas for those who never sing but die with all their music in them.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

I see music as the augmentation of a split second of time. -Erin


Architecture in general is frozen music. -Friedrich von Schelling

Singing is a trick to get people to listen to music for longer than they
would ordinarily. -David Byrne

How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers. -Gioacchino

Antonio Rossini

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own
punishment with it, and that a very severe one. -Hannah Moore

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. -Voltaire

To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are
thinking, "I am listening to this music," you are not listening. To
understand joy or fear, you must be wholly and undividedly aware of
it. So long as you are calling it names and saying, "I am happy," or "I
am afraid," you are not being aware of it. Fear, pain, sorrow, and
boredom must remain problems if we do not understand them, but
understanding requires a single and undivided mind. This, surely, is
the meaning of that strange saying, "If thine eye be single, thy whole
body shall be full of light. -Alan Wilson Watts

Making music should not be left to the professionals. -Michelle


Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. -Samuel


A wave of vulgar, filthy and suggestive music has unundated the land.
Nothing but ragtime prevails, and the cake walk with its obscene
posturings, its lewd gestures.... Our children, our young men and
women, are continually exposed to its contiguity, to the monotonous
attrition of this vulgarizing music. It is artistically and morally
depressing and should be suppressed by press and pulpit. -Musical
The public doesn't want new music; the main thing it demands of a
composer is that he be dead. -Arthur Honegger