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From scientists and philosophers to poets and playwrights, some of the greatest minds in history were touched and inspired by classical music. Here's a selection of their inspiring words.
Tony Bennett: ‘In the 1920s and ’30s, there was a renaissance in music that was the equivalent of the artistic Renaissance. Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and others created the best songs ever written. These are classics... This is classical music’
Dizzy Gillespie quote
Barack Obama arts quote
"I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin." - Albert Einstein
St Augustine: "To sing is to pray twice."
Plato: "Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul."
John Dryden: "What passion cannot music raise and quell!"
John Milton: "Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie."
Maya Angelou: "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
Hans Christian Andersen: "Where words fail, music speaks."
Leo Tolstoy: "Music is the shorthand of emotion."
John Keats: "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. Therefore, ye soft pipes, play on."
Heinrich Heine: "When words leave off, music begins."
George Bernard Shaw: "Hell is full of musical amateurs."
Aldous Huxley: "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you." - B.B. King
Jean Paul Richter: "Music is the poetry of the air."
Victor Hugo: "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
Confucius: "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Without music, life would be a mistake."
Oscar Wilde: "Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Music is the universal language of mankind."
T. S. Eliot: "Music heard so deeply / That is not heard at all, but you are / The music / While the music lasts."
Robert Browning: "There is no truer truth obtainable by man than that which comes of music."
Albert Einstein: "I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music."
Benjamin Disraeli: "Nature has given us two ears but only one mouth."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "I call architecture frozen music."