From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage. From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought. From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.
- Visions of Gregorian Chants
We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
- Roald Dahl
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
- George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3
For none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
- Gustave Flaubert, Charles Bovary
Since it architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music.
- Friedrich von Schelling
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
- George Gordon Byron