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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

Author: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Profession: German Composer

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.

Author: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Profession: German Composer

Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.

Author: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Profession: British Composer

We are aware that the conductor is not really making the music, it is making him -- if he is relaxed, open and attuned, then the invisible will take possession of him; through him, it will reach us.

Author: Peter Stephen Paul Brook (1925)

Profession: British Theatre and Film Director

I'm not going to be joining ZZ Top. You know they can't play my stuff. It's too complicated.

Author: James Brown (1933)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Bandleader, Songwriter

I've outdone anyone you can name -- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.

Author: James Brown (1933)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Bandleader, Songwriter

It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of ''culture.''

Author: John Cage (1912-1992)

Profession: American Composer

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time.

Author: Mariah Carey (1970)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Song is the heroics of speech.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author