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When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.
      - Maria Callas

The stormy music of the drum.
      - Thomas Campbell

And hears thy stormy music in the drum!
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope (pt. I)

Merrily sang the monks in Ely
  When Cnut, King, rowed thereby;
    Row, my knights, near the land,
      And hear we these monkes' song.
      - attributed to King Canute, the Great (Cnut),
        Song of the Monks of Ely,
        in Spens, "History of the English People--Historia Eliensis

Music is a kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that.
      - Thomas Carlyle

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--The Opera

Music is the child of prayer, the companion of religion.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

If you love music hear it; go to operas, concerts, and pay fiddlers to play to you; but I insist upon your neither piping nor fiddling yourself. It puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light; brings him into a great deal of bad company; and takes up a great deal of time, which might be much better employed.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Music is a prophecy of what life is to be, the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

O music, sphere descended maid,
  Friend of pleasure, wisdom's aid.
      - William Collins

When music, heavenly maid, was young,
  While yet in early Greece she sung,
    The Passions oft to hear her shell,
      Throng'd around her magic cell.
      - William Collins, Passions (l. 1)

In notes by distance made more sweet.
      - William Collins, Passions (l. 60)

In hollow murmurs died away.
      - William Collins, Passions (l. 68)

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
      - Confucius

When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.
      - Confucius

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

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
  To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
    I've read that things inanimate have moved,
      And, as with living souls, have been inform'd,
        By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
      - William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
         (act I, sc. 1)

And when the music goes to-toot,
  The monkey acts so funny
    That we all hurry up and scoot
      To get some monkey-money.
        M-double-unk for the monkey,
          M-double-an for the man;
            M-double-unky, hunky monkey,
              Hunkey monkey-man.
                Ever since the world began
                  Children danced and children ran
                    When they heard the monkey-man,
                      The m-double-unky man.
      - Edmund Vance Cooke,
        The Monkey-Man---I rule the House

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
      - Aaron Copland

Not the rich viol, trump, cymbal, nor horn,
  Guitar, nor cittern, nor the pining flute,
    Are half so sweet as tender human words.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
      - Noel Coward

Water and air He for the Tenor chose,
  Earth made the Base, the Treble Fame arose,
    To th' active Moon a quick brisk stroke he gave,
      To Saturn's string a touch more sore and grave.
        The motions strait, and round, and swift, and slow,
          And short and long, were mixt and woven so,
            Did in such artful Figures smoothly fall,
              As made this decent measur'd dance of all.
                And this is Musick.
      - Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. I, p. 13)

With melting airs, or martial, brisk, or grave;
  Some chord in unison with what we hear
    Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. VI, Winter Walk at Noon, l. 3)

Yet what is music, and the blended power
  Of voice with instruments of wind and string,
    What but an empty pageant of sweet noise?
      'Tis past: and all that it has left behind
        Is but an echo dwelling in the ear
          Of the toy-taken fancy, and beside,
            A void and countless hour life's brief day.
      - Michael Crowe

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