Non-musicians on music: 10 quotations

Just as no one has to be a musician to listen to and enjoy music, no one has to be a musician to have interesting, informative, and even provocative things to say about it. Here are ten quotations to demonstrate that truth:

  • Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  • Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. ~ Groucho Marx
  • Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. ~ Martin Luther
  • Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years. ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine
  • The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously.  Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic. ~ Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. ~ Richard M. Nixon
  • Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you’re listening. Playing the piano allows you to do both at the same time. ~ Kelsey Grammer

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