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Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
~ Elbert Hubbard

 

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Composers shouldn't think too much -- it interferes with their plagiarism.
~ Howard Dietz

 

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Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.
~ George Szell

 

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Country music is three chords and the truth.
~ Harlan Howard

 

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Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Don't play what's there, play what's not there.
~ Miles Davis

 

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Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
~ Noel Coward

 

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For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
~ Plato

 

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Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
~ Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

 

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Good music is very close to primitive language.
~ Denis Diderot

 

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Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
~ Sir Thomas Beecham

 

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He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
~ Albert Einstein

 

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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
~ John Keats

 

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Hearing often-times the still, sad music of humanity, nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power to chasten and subdue.
~ William Wordsworth

 

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Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.
~ Havelock Ellis

 

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I am fond of music I think because it is so amoral. Everything else is moral and I am after something that isn't. I have always found moralizing intolerable.
~ Hermann Hesse

 

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

 

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I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.
~ Martin Luther

 

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I know only two tunes. One them is ''Yankee Doodle'' and the other isn't.
~ Ulysses S. Grant

 

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