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Where through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault
  The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 10)

It reveals us to ourselves, it represents those modulations and temperamental changes which escape all verbal analysis, it utters what must else remain forever unuttered and unutterable; it feeds that deep, ineradicable instinct within us of which all art is only the reverberated echo, that craving to express, through the medium of the senses, the spiritual and eternal realities which underlie them.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

The cause of freedom, in music as elsewhere, is now very nearly triumphant; but at a time when its adversaries were many and powerful, we can hardly imagine the sacred bridge of liberty kept by a more stalwart trio than Schubert the Armorer, Chopin the Refiner, and Liszt the Thunderer.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

The time is probably not far distant when music will stand revealed perchance as the mightiest of the arts, and certainly as the one art peculiarly representative of our modern world, with its intense life, complex civilization, and feverish self-consciousness.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.
      - Heinrich Heine

Music stands in a much closer connection with pure sensation than any of the other arts.
      - Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz

I try to use my music to move these people to act.
      - Jimi Hendrix

The chief trouble with jazz is that there is not enough of it; some of it we have to listen to twice.
      - Don Herold

He stood beside a cottage lone,
  And listened to a lute,
    One summer's eve, when the breeze was gone,
      And the nightingale mute.
      - Thomas Kibble Hervey, The Devil's Progress

Why should the devil have all the good tunes?
      - Rowland Hill, Sermons,
        in his biography by E.W. Broome

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.
      - James Hogg ("The Ettrick Shepherd")

Music was a thing of the soul--a rose-lipped shell that murmured of the eternal sea--a strange bird singing the songs of another shore.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb),
        Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects--Art and Life

From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
  Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Chambered Nautilus

Music-making as a means of getting money is hell.
      - Gustav Holst

The first requirement for a composer is to be dead.
      - Arthur Honegger, Je suis composoteur

The musician who always plays on the same string, is laughed at.
  [Lat., Citharoedus
    Ridetur chorda qui semper oberrat eadem.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (355)

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

It is the medicine of the breaking heart.
      - Sir A. Hunt

We know they music made
  In heaven, ere man's creation;
    But when God threw it down to us that strayed,
      It dropt with lamentation,
        And ever since doth its sweetness shade
          With sighs for its first station.
      - Jean Ingelow

Play uppe, play uppe, O Boston bells!
  Ply all your changes, all your swells,
    Play uppe "The Brides of Enderby."
      - Jean Ingelow,
        High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire

Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Let me have music dying, and I seek no more delight.
      - John Keats (1)

Music's golden tongue.
      - John Keats (1)

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
  Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
    Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
      Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone.
      - John Keats (1), Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ere music's golden tongue
  Flattered to tears this aged man and poor.
      - John Keats (1), The Eve of St. Agnes
         (st. 3)

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