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Famous Quotes on Music and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Music Benefits

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Manager

Music is often called the universal language because it’s a foundational part of our world and we can all relate to it well. Listening to music and expressing ourselves through music is so powerful that it is a popular way of healing stress and exercising creativity. Music significantly benefits every dimension of well-being, according to research. Here are some famous motivational quotes on the well-being benefits of music:

“Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.” – Paul Simon

“Do you know that your soul is composed of harmony?” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Music is to me like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing, so I don’t get tired of music!”- Ray Charles

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”- Ludwig van Beethoven

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gifts of God.” – Martin Luther

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” – E.Y. Harburg

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other in the integration of the human being because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated truly graceful.” – Plato

“One good thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

“Music, the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below.” – John Addison

“Music offers a record of history and human experience that words and images cannot. … music has a unique ability to convey memory. Both song texts and tunes can remind us of people, places, and events, accessing an ancient ‘hard drive’ of historical memory.” – Marion Jacobson

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” – William P. Merrill

“Life is a symphony, and the action of every person in this life is the playing of his particular part in the music.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” – Robert Fripp

“Music is a safe king of high.” – Jimmy Hendrix

Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.” – Ted Turner

“Alas for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Music is that voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“At that elusive moment when we transcend our ordinary performance and feel in harmony with something else – whether it’s a glorious sunset, inspiring music or another human being – our studies have shown that what we are really coming in sync with is ourselves. Not only do we feel more relaxed and at peace, but this entrained state increases our ability to perform well and offers numerous health benefits.” – Doc Childre and Howard Martin

“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm.” – Baba Tunji

“The power of music to integrate and cure … is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest non-chemical medication.” – Oliver Sacks

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” – Maria Augusta von Trapp

“If you are able to discover your own keynote or chord and play it over gently to yourself, you will revive as if by magic. Your keynote can be ascertained by listening to some good music. When the note is played it will send a thrill right through you.” – Vera Stanley Alder

“Our brains are wired from the beginning to process and understand music.” – Kimberly Moore

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

“At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. We know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. Before we make music, music makes us.” – Joachim-Ernst Berendt

“Music is the vernacular of the human soul.” – Geoffrey Latham

“To enter into the initiation of sound, of vibration and mindfulness, is to take a giant step toward consciously knowing the soul. There are hundreds of accurate models for this great journey inward. Each requires belief and discipline as well as the will to allow the inner and outer worlds to relate. Listening, learning, study, and practice are important tools. But we need the courage to enter into ourselves with the great respect and mystery that combines the faith of a child, the abandon of a mystic, and the true wisdom of an old shaman.” – Don G. Campbell

“Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture.” – Joseph Addison

“Healing relies on an openness to the whole; a willingness to relinquish whatever frustrates or delays – mistaken ideas, negative feelings, poor diet, inadvisable lifestyle – and to accept a wider spectrum of responses with new ideas, experience, and priorities. Healing is communication; and music, in its universal nature, is total communication. In the deepest mysteries of music are the inspirations, the pathways, and the healing which lead to oneness and unity.” – Olivea Dewhurst-Maddock

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” – Robert Fripp

“You can look at disease as a form of disharmony. And there’s no organ system in the body that’s not affected by sound and music and vibration.” – Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.

“Music…will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

“There is a song reaching the whole earth, written from patience, love and prayer. Neither violent nor assertive, it is peace begetting peace, love made manifest. Listen to it with the ear of your heart; let it go deep within. Open to the sound, to the holy words, to the life of which it sings.” – Katharine Le Mée

“Music is the melody whose text is the world.” – Arthur Shopenhauer

“Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.” – June Masters Bacher

“Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” – Leigh Hunt

“Just as certain selections of music will nourish the physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind.” – Hal A. Lingerman

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.” – Yehudi Menuhin

“Music has touched the human soul across all boundaries of time, space, and genre. … Perhaps, in its vibratory nature, music opens us to a greater appreciation of our essential connectedness to the cosmos, our oneness with all that is.” –  Balfour M. Mount

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” –  Confucius