The 101 Most Inspiring Quotes about Music


Can you imagine what your life would look like without music? For most of us, living without all those wonderful songs and compositions is simply unimaginable. In fact, to almost all of us, music is a central element of life. Just like a good soundtrack accompanies a wonderful movie, music accompanies you throughout your entire life. During the ups and downs of life, there will always be those masterpieces that fully describe what you’re feeling at the present moment. There is music that lifts you up when you’re sad and music that keeps you going despite all the difficulties. Motivational music can help you reach the next level and instills a feeling of courage and hope during times of despair. In short, music truly is something magical. It’s therapy for the soul. To celebrate the power of music, we’ve compiled the following collection of inspiring quotes about music. These are the wonderful quotes that beautifully articulate the life-changing benefits of music.

The power of music lies in its ability to quickly elicit a wide range of emotions. Even further, it’s very likely that you associate a specific song to any given period in your life. Sometimes, it even feels as if one particular song has captured all the wonderful (and sometimes also sad) emotions that you’ve experienced during this intense time in your life.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
Victor Hugo

As such, listening to these wonderful songs over and over again will almost instantly bring back all the joyful feelings and memories of that moment. Throughout the course of many years, there will be more and more beautiful songs that become part of the soundtrack of your life.

Quotes about music

Enjoy the following collection of quotes about music.

Aside from eliciting positive emotions, music can also boost your mental well-being. Unsurprisingly, the right song at the right time can lift your happiness because of its dopamine releasing qualities.

At the same time, music is also a wonderful tool you can use to take your running or exercising performance to a higher level. Even more so, your favorite song will help you to increase your endurance and to keep going despite feeling pain.

The 101 Most Inspiring Quotes about Music

There are not many other activities that are so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives as listening to music. No matter if you’re having breakfast or are on your way to work – it’s very likely that music accompanies you almost everywhere you go. The following music quotes highlight the unique power of music. Enjoy!

Here is our collection of inspiring quotes about music


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

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

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“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
Leopold Stokowski

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“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..”
Pablo Casals

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“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

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“Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter – to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.”
Albert Schweitzer

Music gives voice to emotions quote


“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: ‘The only proof he needed for the existence of god was music.'”
Kurt Vonnegut

Music is proof for the existence of God quote


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

Music is the literature of the heart quote


“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Bob Marley

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

Music expresses the inexpressible quote


“Music is… a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy.”
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation quote


“When words fail music speaks.”
Irena Huang

When words fail music speaks quote


“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.”
Hannah Harrington

Good music speaks to you quote


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

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“Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

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


“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Friedrich Nietzsche


“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end, there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.”
Nicholas Sparks


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


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


“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”


“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
Maria Augusta von Trapp


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


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


“Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”
Leonard Bernstein


“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
Arthur O’Shaughnessy


“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
Aaron Copland


“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


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


“The only truth is music.”
Jack Kerouac


“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
Frank Zappa


“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. „
Maya Angelou


“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
Sarah Dessen


“A man should hear a little music […] in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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


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


“I love the relationship that anyone has with music… because there’s something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It’s the best part of us probably.”
Nick Hornby


“Music is my higher power”
Oliver James


“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”
Hans Christian Andersen


“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.”
Michael Jackson


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


“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”
George Eliot


“Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music’That actually means they like no kinds of music.”
Chuck Klosterman


“Every life has a soundtrack. There is a tune that makes me think of the summer I spent rubbing baby oil on my stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. There’s another that reminds me of tagging along with my father on Sunday morning to pick up the New York Times. There’s the song that reminds me of using fake ID to get into a nightclub; and the one that brings back my cousin Isobel’s sweet sixteen, where I played Seven Minutes in Heaven with a boy whose breath smelled like tomato soup. If you ask me, music is the language of memory.”
Jodi Picoult


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


“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.”


“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?”
Michael Jackson


“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


“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
Frederick Delius


“The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; the motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”
William Shakespeare


“Then I felt something inside me break and music began to pour out into the quiet. My fingers danced; intricate and quick they spun something gossamer and tremulous into the circle of light our fire had made. The music moved like a spiderweb stirred by a gentle breath, it changed like a leaf twisting as it falls to the ground, and it felt like three years Waterside in Tarbean, with a hollowness inside you and hands that ached from the bitter cold.”
Patrick Rothfuss


“We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan


“Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.”
Pat Conroy


“No matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances, our feelings and emotions are universal. And music has always been a great way to make people aware of that connection. It can help you open up a part of yourself and express feelings you didn’t know you were feeling.”
Josh Groban


“MusicMusic is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.”
Isaac Marion


“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.”
Colbie Caillat


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


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


“Music, my rampart and my only one.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay


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


“For me, there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.”
Eric Clapton


“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”
Igor Stravinsky


“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


“Wake up, live your life and sing the melody of your soul.”
Amit Ray


“I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.”
Chuck Klosterman


“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”
Robert Fripp


“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the starsAnyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”
Nora Roberts


“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa – Who knows most, knows least.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”
Oscar Wilde


“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.”
Mark Helprin


“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
Martin Luther


“I’m wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it’s stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.”
Jennifer Donnelly


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


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


“I see my life in terms of music.”
Albert Einstein


“Music sounds different to the one who plays it. It is the musician’s curse.”
Patrick Rothfuss


“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.”
Charles Hart


“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
Henry David Thoreau


“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter


“If you’ve lost your faith in love and music then the end won’t be long.”
Pete Doherty


“The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a good start.”
Jodi Picoult


“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.”
Ludwig van Beethoven


“It’s like if the music is loud enough I won’t be able to listen to my own thoughts. „
Nic Sheff


“Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief. Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through musicHow, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?”
Orson Scott Card


“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”
Rob Sheffield


“If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.”
Anna Akhmatova


“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I’m lost in the music. Until I am the music – notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it’s okay because when I’m the music, I’m not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.”
Jennifer Donnelly


“Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.”
Ludwig van Beethoven


“I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.”
Criss Jami


“Music can change the world because it can change people.”


“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
E.Y. Harburg


“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
Sergei Rachmaninoff


“Life is one grand sweet song so start the music”
Ronald Reagan


“It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.”
Nina LaCour


“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practicing, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.”
Robert Schumann


“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.”
Kurt Vonnegut


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


“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


“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.”
Stephen Chbosky


“In music the passions enjoy themselves.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

I hope you enjoyed this selection of quotes about music. What’s your most favorite song that you listen to over and over again?

Stay victorious!


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  1. Music is such an amazing language. It communicates across all boundaries of race, religion, politics etc. It’s a great unifier!!

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