Music

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

“I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music.” — Elton John

“Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” — Jean-Paul

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” — Steve Martin

“A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.” — Tom Waits

“I don’t deserve a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. But fifteen years ago, I had a brain operation and I didn’t deserve that, either. So I’ll keep it.” — Quincy Jones

“The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry.” — Erik Satie

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” — Frank Zappa

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein

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

“I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.” — Woody Allen

“Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.” — William F. Buckley, Jr.

“Beethoven’s last quartets were written by a deaf man and should only be listened to by a deaf man.” — Thomas Beecham

“The world must be filled with unsuccessful musical careers like mine, and it’s probably a good thing. We don’t need a lot of bad musicians filling the air with unnecessary sounds. Some of the professionals are bad enough.” — Andy Rooney

“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music is everywhere, but so is AIDS.” — Malcolm Williamson

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” — Louis Armstrong

“Competitions are for horses, not artists.” — Bela Bartok

“When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed!” ― Trent Reznor

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.” — Duke Ellington

“When I was a little boy, I told my dad, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’ My dad said: ‘You can’t do both, Son.” — Chet Atkins

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.”— Bob Newhart

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

“I know [canned music] makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator?” — Victor Borge

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” — Johann Sebastian Bach

“Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. There’ll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar.” — Dave Edmunds

“I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.” — Ella Fitzgerald

“Get up from that piano. You hurtin’ its feelings.” — Jelly Roll Morton

“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” — Igor Stravinsky

“To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder.” — Keith Moon

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo

“Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.” — John Philip Sousa

“We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.” — Mark Twain

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

“In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.” — Robert Schumann

“I think John would have liked Free As A Bird. In fact, I hope somebody does this to all my crap demos when I’m dead, making them into hit songs.” — George Harrison

“Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.” — Bill Cosby

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

“The piano has been drinking, not me.” — Tom Waits

“Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.” — Kin Hubbard

“There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” — Mark Twain

“In the end we’re all Jerry Springer Show guests, really, we just haven’t been on the show.” — Marilyn Manson

“Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk in order to provide articles for people who can’t read.” — Frank Zappa

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.” — Igor Stravinsky

“There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn’t give a damn what goes on in between.” — Thomas Beecham

“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.” — Igor Stravinsky

“There’s nothing like the eureka moment of knocking off a song that didn’t exist before – I won’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.” — Paul McCartney

“Do I listen to pop music because I’m miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music?” — John Cusack

“Last night at Carnegie Hall, Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.” — Harold C. Schonberg

“Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer.” — John Ruskin

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

“I smash guitars because I like them.” — Pete Townshend

“I once sent him a song and asked him to mark a cross wherever he thought it was faulty. Brahms returned it untouched, saying ‘I don’t want to make a cemetery of your compositions.’ ” — Hugo Wolf

“I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.” — Charles-Pierre Baudelaire