— John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale
Poems (1820), Ode to a Nightingale, Stanza 8
„Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music.“
— Leopold Stokowski British conductor 1882 - 1977
Context: I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives — that its eloquence and the depth of its meaning are all-important, and that all personal considerations concerning musicians and the public are relatively unimportant — that music come from the heart and returns to the heart — that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression — that its range is without limit — that music is forever growing — that music can be one element to help us build a new conception of life in which the madness and cruelty of wars will be replaced by a simple understanding of the brotherhood of man. Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music. Music For All Of Us (1943); also quoted as "...Music can be all things to all persons... "
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
The Fantastic Imagination (1893), Context: If there be music in my reader, I would gladly wake it. Let fairytale of mine go for a firefly that now flashes, now is dark, but may flash again. Caught in a hand which does not love its kind, it will turn to an insignificant, ugly thing, that can neither flash nor fly. The best way with music, I imagine, is not to bring the forces of our intellect to bear upon it, but to be still and let it work on that part of us for whose it exists. We spoil countless precious things by intellectual greed. He who will be a man, and will not be a child, must — he cannot help himself — become a little man, that is, a dwarf. He will, however, need no consolation, for he is sure to think himself a very large creature indeed. If any strain of my "broken music" make a child's eyes flash, or his mother's grow for a moment dim, my labour will not have been in vain.
„Do you really think that my music is devoid of religious antecedents? Do you wish to put an artist's soul under restraint?“
— Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918
Context: Do you really think that my music is devoid of religious antecedents? Do you wish to put an artist's soul under restraint? Do you find it difficult to conceive that one who sees mystery in everything — in the song of the sea, in the curve of the horizon, in the wind and in the call of the birds — should have been attracted to a religious subject? I have no profession of faith to utter to you: but, whichever my creed may be, no great effort on my part was needed to raise me to the height of d'Annunzio's mysticism. I can assure you that my music was written in exactly the spirit as if it had been commissioned for performance in church. Have I succeeded in expressing all that I felt? It is for others to decide. Is the faith which my music expresses orthodox? I do not know; but I can say that it is my own, expressed in all sincerity. On his music for Le martyre de St. Sébastien (1911), in a 1911 interview, as quoted in Dancing in the Vortex : The Story of Ida Rubinstein (2001) by Vicki Woolfe, p. 56
— Thomas Fuller English churchman and historian 1608 - 1661
The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), Of Anger.
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Requiem; 1935-1940 (1963; 1987)
„Music moves us, and we know not why;
We feel the tears, but cannot trace their source.
Is it the language of some other state,
Born of its memory? For what can wake
The soul's strong instinct of another world,
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Golden Violet (1827), Erinna
„My motivation is that inner driving force within me to share my music with the world. I want to get my music out there so I can inspire people just as I have been inspired through music. Music makes you feel; whether it’s happy, sad, or a million different emotions which come to mind, music can invoke those feelings. That’s inspiration to me. “
— Richard Wilbur American poet 1921 - 2017
Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World
„A fine work of art - music, dance, painting, story - has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.“
— Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
„[ Schoenberg's ] music leads us into a realm where musical experience is a matter not of the ear but of the soul alone, and at this point the music of the future begins.“
— Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944
1910 - 1915, Quote of Kandinsky, 1911; in Concerning the Spiritual in Art, transl. Michael T. Sadler (1914); reprint. New York: Dover, 1977), p. 17
„Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1830s, Sartor Resartus (1833–1834), Bk. III http://books.google.com/books?id=8nI5AAAAcAAJ&q=%22Not+only+was+Thebes+built+by+the+music+of+an+Orpheus+but+without+the+music+of+some+inspired+Orpheus+was+no+city+ever+built+no+work+that+man+glories+in+ever+done%22&pg=PA182#v=onepage, ch. 8 http://books.google.com/books?id=m2IyAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Not+only+was+Thebes+built+by+the+music+of+an+Orpheus+but+without+the+music+of+some+inspired+Orpheus+was+no+city+ever+built+no+work+that+man+glories+in+ever+done%22&pg=PA86#v=onepage.