20 Quotes on Music by Poets, Writers, and Playwrights

by Poets, Writers and Playwrights

Oscar Wilde
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Artistic expressions such as music and writing can be related, connected or inspired by the other. Writers, such as the master playwright and poet William Shakespeare, mentioned music many times in his works. Many of our beloved songs, musicals, and operas are a result of collaborations between composers, poets, playwrights and librettists. Let's read what some notable writers, poets and playwrights have said about music.

  • "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” - Victor Hugo
  • “Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Henry David Thoreau
  • “Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” - Oscar Wilde
  • “Music is the shorthand of emotion." ~ Leo Tolstoy
  • "Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen
  • "Music is the best means we have of digesting time." - W. H. Auden
  • "Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once." - Robert Browning
  • "Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." - Voltaire
  • "The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • "Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself." - Samuel Butler
  • "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." - Maya Angelou