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Favorite Musical Quotes

These are some of Robert's favorite music quotes...

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Johann Sebastian Bach

"The aim and the final reason of all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the human spirit.  If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging."

Aaron Copland

"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning."

George Eliot

"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music."

John Erskine

"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing."

Michael Hedges

"I play the guitar because it lets me dream out loud."

Martin Luther

"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us."

"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."

Pat Metheny

"Learning to play is mostly about learning to hear, and learning to really listen deeply to sound in a musical way is a lifetime's worth of work."

Steve Morse

"If you want money, buy lottery tickets. If you love music, practice and keep your overhead to the bare minimum. Keep your promises, who you are is more important than what licks you know to any band leader."

Sergei Rachmaninoff

"I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts."

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