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A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.
      - Thomas Beecham

Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
      - Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.
      - Ludwig van Beethoven

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
      - Ludwig van Beethoven

In the germ, when the first trace of life begins to stir, music is the nurse of the soul; it murmurs in the ear, and the child sleeps; the tones are companions of his dreams,--they are the world in which he lives.
      - Bettina

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVIII, v. 6-7)

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXXVII, v. 2)

Music is the fourth great material want of our natures,--first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

God is its author, and not man; he laid
  The key-note of all harmonies; he planned
    All perfect combinations, and he made
      Us so that we could hear and understand.
      - John Gardiner Calkins Brainard, Music

The rustle of the leaves in summer's hush
  When wandering breezes touch them, and the sigh
    That filters through the forest, or the gush
      That swells and sinks amid the branches high,--
        'Tis all the music of the wind, and we
          Let fancy float on the aeolian breath.
      - John Gardiner Calkins Brainard, Music

"Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast,"
  And therefore proper at a sheriff's feast.
      - Rev. James Bramston, Man of Taste,
        first line quoted from Prior

The soul of art best loved when love is by.
      - J.B. Brown

And sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. II, sec. IX)

Yet half the beast is the great god Pan,
  To laugh, as he sits by the river,
    Making a poet out of a man.
      The true gods sigh for the cost and the pain--
        For the reed that grows never more again
          As a reed with the reeds of the river.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        A Musical Instrument

Music is not merely a study, it is an entertainment; wherever there is music there is a throng of listeners.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. It wanders perturbedly through the halls and galleries of the memory, and is often heard again, distinct and living as when it first displaced the wavelets of the air.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Amongst the instrumentalities of love and peace, surely there can be no sweeter, softer, more effective voice than that of gentle, peace-breathing music.
      - Elihu Burritt

Her voice, the music of the spheres,
  So loud, it deafens mortals' ears;
    As wise philosophers have thought,
      And that's the cause we hear it not.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I, l. 617)

For discords make the sweetest airs.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 919)

There is music in all things, if men had ears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Soprano, basso, even the contra-alto
  Wished him five fathom under the Rialto.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Beppo (st. 32)

Music arose with its voluptuous swell,
  Soft eyes look'd love to eyes which spake again,
    And all went merry as a marriage bell.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 21)

There's music in the sighing of a reed;
  There's music in the gushing of a rill;
    There's music in all things, if men had ears:
      Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XV, st. 5)

Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation.
      - John Cage

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