100 Inspirational Music Quotes

Music is all around us, it gets the party started, calms us down when we’re stressed, and gets us through tough times. It plays such a vital role in so many people’s lives that it can be difficult to put into words just how impactful it can be to us.

Thankfully, there have been many gifted wordsmiths that have captured the feeling of music in just a mere sentence or two. Enjoy these 100 music quotes.

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

William Shakespeare

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.”

John Milton

“Well, I sort of don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin.”

Jack White

“There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.”

George Eliot

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it’s not OK, but you can change it.”


“My music isn’t just music- its medicine.”

Kanye West

“My ambition was to live like music.”

Mary Gaitskill

“She was a poem and a painting too. Everything she said sounded like a song, every silence was the music too.”

Akshay Vasu

“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.”

Oscar Wilde

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


“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.”

Richard Nixon

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

Igor Stravinsky

“The more you love music, the more music you love.”

Tom Moon

“Music, my rampart and my only one.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Music. A meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience.”

C.S. Lewis

“Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.”

Thomas Fuller

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”

Edith Sitwell

“Love is friendship set to music.”

Jackson Pollock

“Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore.”

Lady Gaga

“You can just enjoy music without understanding it, music is a universal language.”

Cl 2ne1

“The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“In music the passions enjoy themselves.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

Josh Homme

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

Bob Marley

“Metal rusts, music lasts forever.”

Patrick Rothfuss

“Music is an outburst of the soul.”

Frederick Delius

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

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Any good music must be an innovation. “

Les Baxter

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

Pat Conroy

“Music, I think, he makes me feel like music.”

Lauren Oliver

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

Ingmar Bergman

“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

“My body is an ugly masterpiece that lives off the beauty of sound.”

Chad Sugg

“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.”

Dave Grohl

“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

“Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.”

John Erskine

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

Martin Luther

“Am I a mindless fool? My life is a fragment, a disconnected dream that has no continuity. I am so tired of senselessness. I am tired of the music that my feelings sing, the dream music.”

Ross David Burke

Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.

Maria von Trapp

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

Victor hugo

“Music is my higher power”

Oliver James

“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music.”

John Keats

“Music is everywhere. It’s in the air between us, waiting to be sung.”

David Levithan

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

George Eliot

“Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.”

William Shakespeare

“The only truth is music.”

Jack Kerouac

“When you play, never mind who listens to you.”

Robert Schumann

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

William James

“I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.”

Bryce W. Anderson

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

Patrick Rothfuss

“Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.”


“If one plays good music, people don’t listen, and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.”

Oscar Wilde

“Where words leave off, music begins.”

Heinrich Heine

“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

“I see my life in terms of music.”

Albert Einstein

“Don’t be afraid, just play the music.”

Charlie Parker

“Do you ever wonder why music brings a soul to surface? What makes beauty work as well as pain?”

Victoria Schwab

“Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”

Daniel Keyes

“Music comes to me more readily than words.”

Ludwig Van Beethoven

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.”

Truman Capote

“If you’re going to play it out of tune, then play it out of tune properly.”

Mark E. Smith

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

Maria von Trapp

“Music does not replace words, it gives tone to the words”

Elie Wiesel

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

Sergei Rachmaninov

“There’s a friendly tie of some sort between music and eating.”

Thomas Hardy

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

Kahlil Gibran

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

John Green

“Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.”

Imam Al-Ghazzali

“And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and silently steal away.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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

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

Ronald Reagan

“Definition of rock journalism: People who can’t write, doing interviews with people who can’t think, in order to prepare articles for people who can’t read.”

Frank Zappa

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

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.”

Karl Lagerfeld

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

Chuck Klosterman

“Music takes me to places of illimitable sensual and insensate joy, accessing points of ecstasy that no angelic lover could ever locate, or plunging me into gibbering weeping hells of pain that no torturer could ever devise”.”

Stephen Fry

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

Modest Mouse

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

Lao Tzu

“Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once.”

Robert Browning

“Concert’ doesn’t mean standing up like a target in front of thousands of strangers. It means coming together. It means harmony.”

Gayle Forman

“To me you are a work of art, and I would give you my heart – that’s if I had one.”


“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

Billy Wilder

“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.”

Frank Zappa

“There are millions of chords. There are millions of numbers. And everyone forgets the one that is a zero. But without the zero, numbers are just arithmetic. Without the empty chord, music is just noise.”

Terry Pratchett

“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music but when you’re sad, you undestand the lyrics.”

Frank Ocean

“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.”


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

Johnny Depp

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

Maya Angelou

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

Anna Akhmatova

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

Jane Swan

“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

Do you have any favorite music quotes that I didn’t include on this list? Write them in the comment section below!

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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