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Music!--O, how faint, how weak, language fades before thy spell!
      - Thomas Moore

If the pulse of the patriot, soldier, or lover,
  Have throbb'd at our lay, 'tis thy glory alone;
    I was but as the wind, passing heedlessly over,
      And all the wind sweetness I wak'd was thy own.
      - Thomas Moore, Dear Harp of My Country
         (st. 2)

"This must be music," said he, "of the spears,
  For I am cursed if each note of it doesn't run through one!"
      - Thomas Moore, Fudge Family in Paris
         (letter V, l. 28)

The harp that once through Tara's halls
  The soul of music shed,
    Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls,
      As if that soul were fled.
      - Thomas Moore, Harp That Once

If thou would'st have me sing and play
  As once I play'd and sung,
    First take this time-worn lute away,
      And bring one freshly strung.
      - Thomas Moore,
        If Thou Would'st Have Me Sing and Play

And music too--dear music! that can touch
  Beyond all else the soul that loves it much--
    Now heard far off, so far as but to seem
      Like the faint, exquisite music of a dream.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

'Tis believ'd that this harp which I wake now for thee
  Was a siren of old who sung under the sea.
      - Thomas Moore, Origin of the Harp

I ever held this sentence of the poet as a canon of my creed, "that whom God loveth not, they love not music."
      - Thomas Morley

Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.
      - Jelly Roll Morton, Mister Jelly Roll

Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

She played upon her music-box a fancy air by chance,
  And straightway all her polka-dots began a lively dance.
      - Peter Sheaf Hersey Newell, Her Polka Dots

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Only sick music makes money today.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

To produce music is also in a sense to produce children.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Without music, life would be a mistake.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Jazz is the music of the body.
      - Anais Nin

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
      - Anais Nin

Apes and ivory, skulls and roses, in junks of old Hong-Kong,
  Gliding over a sea of dreams to a haunted shore of song.
      - Alfred Noyes, Apes and Ivory

There's a barrel-organ carolling across a golden street
  In the city as the sun sinks low;
    And the music's not immortal; but the world has made it sweet
      And fulfilled it with the sunset glow.
      - Alfred Noyes, Barrel Organ

Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
      - Bill Nye (pseudonym of Edgar Wilson Nye),
        often misattributed to Mark Twain, who was quoting Nye

Jack Whaley had a cow,
  And he had nought to feed her;
    He took his pipe and played a tune,
      And bid the cow consider.
      - Old Ballad,
        old Scotch and north of Ireland ballad

When I was young and had no sense
  I bought a fiddle for eighteen pence,
    And all the tunes that I could play
      Was, "Over the Hills and Far Away."
      - Old Ballad,
        ballad found in the "Pedlar's Pack of Ballads and Songs"

And wheresoever, in his rich creation,
  Sweet music breathes--in wave, or bird, or soul--
    'Tis but the faint and far reverberation
      Of that great tune to which the planets roll!
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

One man with a dream, at pleasure,
  Shall go forth and conquer a crown
    And three with a new song's measure
      Can trample a kingdom down.
      - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy,
        Music Makers

We are the music-makers,
  And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
      And sitting by desolate streams;
        World-losers and world-forsakers,
          Of whom the pale moon gleams:
            Yet we are the movers and shakers
              Of the world for ever, it seems.
      - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy,
        Music Makers

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