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Of all the arts beneath the heaven that man has found or God has given, none draws the soul so sweet away, as music's melting, mystic lay; slight emblem of the bliss above, it soothes the spirit all to love.

One cannot judge 'Lohengrin' from a first hearing, and I certainly do not intend to hear it a second time.

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

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

Preposterous ass! that never read so far to know the cause why music was ordained! was it not to refresh the mind of man, after his studies, or his usual pain?

Rests always sound well.

Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds.

Rock n roll stops the traffic. See quote detail

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, but I could never quite pull it off.

Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.

Some of the fathers went so far as to esteem the love of music a sign of predestination, as a thing divine, and reserved for the felicities of heaven itself.

Soprano, basso, even the contralto Wished him five fathom under the Rialto.

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.

The best pastimes for a true enjoyer of leisure who has to stay at home . . . reading by the fireside. . . . Listening to music. See quote detail

The best sort of music is what it should be - sacred; the next best, the military, has fallen to the lot of the devil.

The devil does not stay where music is.

The direct relation of music is not to ideas, but to emotions - in the works of its greatest masters, it is more marvelous, more mysterious than poetry.

The function of pop music is to be consumed.

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