59 Music Quotes About Life and Love

From Jimi Hendrix to Taylor Swift, music has always played a major role in our lives and captured how we feel about love, life, and everything in between. Music can be uplifting when it’s happy and soothing when it’s sad-combining the perfect words with harmonious melodies to get us through any situation.

Music truly is an art form that speaks to our souls whatever the genre may be. That’s why I think these 59 remarkable quotes will motivate you with their powerful messages and remind you just how much music influences our lives on a daily basis.

I hope you enjoy these music quotes…

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." - Leopold Stokowski
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1) “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski

2) “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

3) “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach

4) “And, in the end, The love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

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5) “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” – Oscar Wilde

6) “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

7) “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther

8) “Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.” – Douglas Adams

9) “I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” – Morrissey

Like a dream…

"Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear." -  Ludwig van Beethoven
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10) “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” –  Ludwig van Beethoven

11) “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa

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

13) “Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

14) “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” – Charles Darwin

15) “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” – Jane Swan

16) “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

17) “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

18) “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

19) “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” – Jean Paul

20) “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran

Music Quotes by Jimi Hendrix

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." - Jimi Hendrix
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21) “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix

22) “Music is a safe kind of high.” – Jimi Hendrix

23) “Music is my religion.” – Jimi Hendrix

24) “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” – Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

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25) “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits

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

27) “Love is friendship set to music.” – Jackson Pollock

28) “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

29) “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” – W.H. Auden

30) “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

31) “Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.” – Thomas Fuller

32) “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” – Edward Bulwer Lytton

Music Quotes by Bob Marley

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
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33) “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

34) “None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley

35) “The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac

36) “People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” – Taylor Swift

37) “If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” – Vera Nazarin

38) “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

39) “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy

40) “Some people have lives; some people have music.” – John Green

41) “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

42) “Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson

43) “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

44) “Music is the only thing I’ve ever known that doesn’t have any rules at all.” – Josh Homme

Music Quotes by William Shakespeare

"This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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45) “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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46) “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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47) “Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” – Modest Mouse

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

49) “Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The dreamer of dreams…

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." - Arthur O’Shaughnessy
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50) “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy

51) “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

52) “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

53) “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

54) “Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.” – John Erskine

Music Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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55) “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

56) “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

57) “Where words leave off, music begins.” – Heinrich Heine

58) “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen

59) “Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” – Charlie Parker

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