Music quotes


“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
  —Billy Joel

“Since music is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man.”
  —Claude Lévi-Strauss

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
  — Lewis Thomas

Music is the language spoken by angels.
  — Henry W. Longfellow

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.”
  — Modest Mouse

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
  — Johnny Depp

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”
  — Alphonse de Lamartine

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
  — Victor Hugo

People usually complain that music is so ambiguous, and what they are supposed to think when they hear it is so unclear, while words are understood by everyone. But for me it is exactly the opposite...what the music I love expresses to me are thoughts not to indefinite for words, but rather too definite.
  — Felix Mendelssohn

Stravinsky on expression

“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
  — Lady Gaga

“When you're happy, you enjoy the music. When you're sad, you understand it."