The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What is your favorite saying about music? Choose from a website with thousands | July 1, 2017

By Jacob Stockinger

Do you have a favorite saying or quotation about music?

The Ear does.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

That observation comes from the 19th-century German philosophy Friedrich Nietzsche (below).

And there are many, many more with sources ranging from Socrates and Plato to Duke Ellington and J.K. Rowling.

If you don’t already have one in mind, here is a link to a website with hundreds or even thousands to choose from.

Take a look.

Make a pick. Or two. Or three.

And leave your choice, along with why you like it, in the COMMENT section.

The Ear wants to hear.


  1. Mine has always been, “Viva la Musica!”


    Comment by David J. Susan — July 1, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

  2. Il y a deux moyens d’oublier les tracas de la vie: la musique et les chats.


    Comment by gingerama — July 1, 2017 @ 11:35 am

  3. I don’t know if this is a quote or not, but it’s certainly my personal creed: “Music is life itself.”


    Comment by bratschespeilerin — July 1, 2017 @ 10:44 am

  4. “I’ve never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.”
    Virgil Thompson


    Comment by Steve Kurr — July 1, 2017 @ 10:21 am

  5. I hadn’t heard it before, but Vonnegut’s expresses it best for me — I pray in music.


    Comment by slfiore — July 1, 2017 @ 8:49 am

  6. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” From Victor Hugo.


    Comment by The Wayward Critic — July 1, 2017 @ 7:48 am

  7. “Who hears music, feels his solitude
    Peopled at once.”
    Robert Browning


    Comment by Ann Boyer — July 1, 2017 @ 7:05 am

  8. As a teacher of music I always liked: What a quiet place the forest would be if the only bird that dared to sing was the one who sang best”
    Henry van Dyke


    Comment by John Beutel — July 1, 2017 @ 6:13 am

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