Hell is full of musical amateurs music is the brandy of the damned.
- George Bernard Shaw
The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
- Sir Thomas Beecham
How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large- how large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce- how scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.
- Alfred North Whitehead
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
- Samuel Johnson
Sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is music wherever there is harmony, order and proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres; for those well ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony.
- Sir Thomas Browne
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.
- H.S. Thompson
The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.
- The Tribune, Berlin, 1871