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Music is not a science any more than poetry is. It is a sublime instinct, like genius of all kinds.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Music is you own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
      - Charlie Parker

Music, according to Wagner, is no longer to be considered merely a means of exciting "the pleasure which we derive from beautiful forms;" it is, instead, the most immediate means possessed by the will for the manifestation of its inner impulses. Far from exercising a determining influence of its own, "the aesthetic form must itself be determined by the artist's inner intuition of the idea."
      - Albert Ross Parsons

How light the touches are that kiss
  The music from the chords of like!
      - Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore,
        By the Sea

Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music without the idea is simply music; the idea without the music is prose from its very definiteness.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

He touched his harp, and nations heard, entranced,
  As some vast river of unfailing source,
    Rapid, exhaustless, deep, his numbers flowed,
      And opened new fountains in the human heart.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. IV, l. 674)

Music the fiercest grief can charm,
  And fate's severest rage disarm. Music can soften pain to ease,
    And make despair and madness please;
      Our joys below it can improve,
        And antedate the bliss above.
      - Alexander Pope

Music resembles poetry: in each
  Are nameless graces which no methods teach
    And which a master-hand alone can reach.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 143)

As some to church repair,
  Not for the doctrine, but the music there.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 343)

What woful stuff this madrigal would be
  In some starv'd hackney sonneteer or me!
    But let a lord once own the happy lines,
      How the Wit brightens! how the Style refines!
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 418)

Light quirks of music, broken and uneven,
  Make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav'n.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. IV, l. 143)

By music minds an equal temper know,
  Nor swell too high, nor sink too low.
    . . . .
      Warriors she fires with animated sounds.
        Pours balm into the bleeding lover's wounds.
      - Alexander Pope, Ode on St. Cecilia's Day

Hark! the numbers soft and clear,
  Gently steal upon the ear;
    Now louder, and yet louder rise
      And fill with spreading sounds the skies.
      - Alexander Pope, Ode on St. Cecilia's Day

In a sadly pleasing strain
  Let the warbling lute complain.
      - Alexander Pope, Ode on St. Cecilia's Day

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
      - Elvis Presley

Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside.
      - Elvis Presley

Music's force can tame the furious beast.
      - Matthew Prior

Seated one day at the organ,
  I was weary and ill at ease,
    And my fingers wandered idly
      Over the noisy keys.
        I do not know what I was playing,
          Or what I was dreaming then,
            But I struck one chord of music
              Like the sound of a great Amen.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, Lost Chord

Above the pitch, out of tune, and off the hinges.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. IV, ch. XIX)

It is in learning music that many youthful hearts learn love.
      - Dominique Ricard

Music is the metre of this poetic movement, and is an invisible dance, as dancing is a silent music.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Music is the only one of the fine arts in which not only man, but all other animals, have a common property,--mice and elephants, spiders and birds.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Music is the poetry of the air.
  [Ger., Musik ist Poesie der Luft.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Music rather than poetry, should be called "the happy art."
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Music, if only listened to, and not scientifically cultivated, gives too much play to the feelings and fancy; the difficulties of the art draw forth the whole energies of the soul.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

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