Saturday, February 27, 2010

Music is a shower-bath of the soul, washing away all that is impure.

-- Arthur Schopenhauer
(in Music: A Book of Quotations,
edited by Herb Galewitz)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

You are the notes, and we are the flute.
We are the mountain, you are the sounds coming down.
We are the pawns and kings and rooks
you set out on a board; we win or we lose.
We are lions rolling and unrolling on flags.
Your invisible wind carries us through the world.

-- Rumi
(in The Enlightened Heart,
edited by Stephen Mitchell)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What is music? . . . The very existence of music is wonderful, I might even say miraculous. Its domain is between thought and phenomena. Like a twilight mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both, yet differing from each. It is spirit, but it is spirit subject to the measurement of time. It is matter but it is matter than can dispense with space.

-- Heinrich Heine
(in Music Lovers Quotations,
edited by Helen Exley)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.

-- William P. Merrill
(in Music: A Book of Quotations,
edited by Herb Galewitz)