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I always used to put a “Quote Of The Month” into my school newsletter and a “Quote of the Term” into my private students newsletter, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite quotes to do with music. Here are some of them:

“Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside.” Elvis Presley

“When you’re happy, sing. When you’re sad, sing even louder.” Irish Proverb

“Of all the musical instruments, the human voice is the most beautiful, as it is made by God,” Shusha Guppy, B. 1938

“Music has the power to bring people together.” Michael Franti

“There is no complete spiritual life without music, for the human soul has regions which can be illuminated only by music.” Zoltan Kodaly

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” William P. Merill

“We hear music with our ears, but feel it with our hearts.” Unknown

“Hug a musician – they never get to dance.” Unknown

“In music there is harmony; in harmony there is peace.” Unknown

“Music is the voice of angels”. Ken Brown

“Keep a song in your heart, and your days will be filled with joy." Unknown

“Music has the power to make you smile, to make you laugh or cry. It touches everyone in some way or another.” David Miller, El Divo

“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19

“We must look forward to the time when all peoples in all lands are brought together through singing and when there is universal harmony.” Zoltan Kodaly

“…All kinds of music with magical ways [will] bring you a smile and brighten your days.”
Music Is Everywhere
Hallmark Books

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth, and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Shinichi Suzuki

“Music lifts the spirit and brings joy to the heart.” Unknown

“Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!” J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter, The Sorcerer’s Stone, 1997

“Let music come through you, not from you.” Quincey Jones

“Classical music is one of the best things that ever happened to mankind. If you get introduced to it in the right way, it becomes your friend for life.” Yo-Yo Ma (Classical cellist)

“Music washes away the dust of everyday life.” Berthold Auerbach

“When you can’t open up your mouth without a song poppin’ right out of it, it’s a zip-pa-dee-doo-da-day!” Unknown

“Music and silence…. combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.” Marcel Marceau

“To be a musician, you must have the spirit of a gypsy and the discipline of a soldier.” Unknown

“Music is to the mind what air is to the body.” Plato

“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best.” Henry van Dyke

“May the sound of happy music and the lilt of Irish laughter fill your hearts with gladness that stays forever after.” Unknown

“Yams fill the belly, but music fills the heart.” West African Proverb

“Music stirs the deepest strings of our heart and causes them to resound.” Rudolph Steiner

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind and life to everything.” Plato

“Music is a deep cleansing agent.” Unknown

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” Thomas Carlyle

“Music is what feelings sound like.” Unknown

“He who sings, scares away his woes.” Cervantes

“You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow,” Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket.

“I’ve never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.” Virgil Thompson

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” Mary Kay Ash

“For changing peoples’ manners and altering their customs, there is nothing better than music.” Shu Ching

“Those who are willing to face the music may someday lead the band.” Unknown

“Asked why they like rock music, one high school student said, “I like rock music because you don’t have to pay attention to get it.” Unknown

“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings.” Ed Gardener

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” Ella Fitzgerald

“The best way to get to know any bunch of people is to go and listen to their music.” Woody Guthrie

“Music allows us to gaze into our inner most selves.” Wagner

“Music is a language which everybody knows. You can hear it with your heart, as through the ear it flows. It brings you peace and comfort, lifts you up when you are blue, reminds you of the feelings shared between a friend and you.” Unknown

“The characteristics of a good musician are a well trained ear, a well trained mind, a well trained heart and well trained hands.” Zoltan Kodaly

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