Monday, October 26, 2009

On Music

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Berthold Auerbach

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~ Gustav Mahler

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass? ~ Michael Torke

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~ Edward Elgar

Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate. ~ Arnold Bennett

When words leave off, music begins. ~ Heinrich Heine

Music is love in search of a word. ~ Sidney Lanier

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings. ~ Robert Benchley

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible. ~ Victor de LaPrade

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

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. ~ Johann Sebastian Bach


  1. great quotes Shannon! All so true! Yes music is the only way I can really get away from it all aside from talking with my Lord. And when I am talking with my Lord and singing or making music at the same time its even better!

    Love your blog!


  2. Just beautiful. Some of those I'd never heard before, but I like them a lot! :)

  3. I just came across your blog and enjoyed reading it:) God bless!!

  4. Aw! those are so sweet! And my mom and I got a kick out of the one about the Opera, :D

  5. Great quotes!! I love the one by Robert Benchley.

    It was lovely meeting you in person the other day! Will I see have the pleasure of seeing you at the Southern Ball?

  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed the quotations!

    And Katrina, I will indeed be at the Southern Ball -- I look forward to seeing you there! :-)



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