It requires wisdom to understand wisdom the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
- Walter Lippmann
Without music life would be a mistake.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Conclusion, 1854
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
- Henry Miller
There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal
- The National, Paris, 1850
I wish you music to help with the burdens of life ,and to help you release your happiness to others.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish.
- Virgil Thompson