Music Quotes to Inspire: on practice, performance, and hard work


  1. If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it ~Jascha Heifetz
  2. Practice only on the days you eat! ~ Shinichi Suzuki
  3. Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. ~ Unknown/Anonymous
  4. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. ~ Tim Notke
  5. Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand. ~ Carl Orff
  6. To play without passion is inexcusable! ~ Ludwig von Beethoven
  7. Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts. ~ Franz Joseph Haydn
  8. You can play a shoestring if you are sincere. ~ John Coltrane


Music Quotes to Inspire: inspirational thoughts about music


  1. My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. ~ Martin Luther
  2. I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better. ~ William Faulkner
  3. A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, ‘Huh. It works. It makes sense. ~ Barack Obama
  4. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~ Maya Angelou
  5. I didn’t discover it. I was listening to music and the whole thing dropped in. ~ Albert Einstein on discovering the Theory of Relativity
  6. A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. ~ Stanley Kubrick
  7. The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. ~ William Shakespeare
  8. A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. ~ Nadia Boulanger
  9. I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water. ~ Ray Charles
  10. Music can change the world because it can change people. ~ Bono
  11. The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.  ~ Cheryl Lavender
  12. You are the music while the music lasts. ~ T.S. Eliot
  13. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination… ~ Plato
  14. Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. ~ Plato
  15. Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ~ Jimi Hendrix
  16. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~ Judy Garland
  17. A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~ Leopold Stokowski
  18. Don’t just move to the music, listen to what I’m saying. ~ Bob Marley


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