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Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, to which Satan is a bitter enemy; for it removes from the heart the weight of sorrow, and the fascination of evil thoughts.
      - Martin Luther

Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
      - Martin Luther

Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.
      - Martin Luther

Those who love music are gentle and honest in their tempers. I always loved music, and would not, for a great matter, be without the little skill which I possess in the art.
      - Martin Luther

Down the road someone is practising scales,
  The notes like little fishes vanish with a wink of tails,
    Man's heart expands to tinker with his car
      For this is Sunday morning, Fate's great bazaar.
      - Louis MacNeice, Sunday Morning

Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
      - Andre Malraux

Music, the mosaic of the air.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger

Music is the harmonious voice of creation, an echo of the invisible world, one note of the divine concord which the entire universe is destined one day to sound.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
      - Mencius

There are two kinds of music; German music and bad music.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
      - Henry Miller

The hidden soul of harmony.
      - John Milton

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
      - John Milton, Arcades (l. 68)

Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers?
      - John Milton, Areopagitica

Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould
  Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment?
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 244)

I was all ear,
  And took in strains that might create a soul
    Under the ribs of death.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 560)

There let the pealing organ blow,
  To the full voiced quire below,
    In service high, and anthems clear,
      As may with sweetness, through mine ear,
        Dissolve me into ecstasies,
          And bring all heaven before mine eyes.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 161)

Untwisting all the chains that tie the hidden soul of harmony.
      - John Milton, L'Allegro (l. 143)

Ring out ye crystal spheres!
  Once bless our human ears,
    If ye have power to touch our senses so;
      And let your silver chime
        Move in melodious time,
          And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ blow;
            And with your ninefold harmony
              Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.
      - John Milton,
        On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
         (st. 13), a hymn

As in an organ from one blast of wind
  To many a row of pipes the soundboard breathes.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 708)

And in their motions harmony divine
  So smoothes her charming tones, that God's own ear
    Listens delighted.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 620)

Let me die to the sounds of the delicious music.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti,
        his last words

If you want to play a trick on me, put your flutes more in accord.
  [Fr., Mettes, pour me jouer, vos flutes mieux d'accord.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        L'Etourdi (act I, 4)

The music of the spheres.
  [Fr., La musique celeste.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne bk. I, ch. XXII

Music!--O! how faint, how weak,
  Language fades before thy spell! Why should Feeling ever speak,
    When thou can'st breathe her soul so well?
      Friendship's balmy words may feign--
        Love's are even more false than they;
          Oh! 'tis only music's strain
            Can sweetly soothe, and not betray.
      - Thomas Moore

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