Some of my favorite thoughts on music:
"Why do we teach music?
Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun
But - So you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more compassion, mor gentleness, more good,
-in short, more life
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?"
"Music is to the mind as is air to the body." -Plato (427 -347 BC), Greek philosopher, Athens, Greece
"Music is the outflow of a beautiful mind" -Robert Schumann (1810-1856), German romantic composer
"The death of Mozart before he had passed his thirty-fifth year is perhaps the greatest loss the musical world has ever suffered." -Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norwegian composer, ie "Peer Gynt Suite"
"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable." -Aaron Copland (1900-1990), American composer
"To play without passion is inexcusable." -Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), German pianist, composer, teacher
"Better to play easy pieces well than difficult pieces poorly." - Robert Schumann (1810-1836), German composer, music critic
"Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do no shoot the pianist. He is doing his best." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer and critic
"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live any daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music...I get the most joy in life out of music." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German American physicist, Physics Nobel Prize 1921
"Through music we learn to feel acceptance and love, even before we understand their true meaning." -anonymous