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QUOTES ON MUSIC


Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect.

THOMAS MANN, The Magic Mountain

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die. —
That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O, it came oer my ear, like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour. Enough! No more.
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Twelfth Night

Music--moody food
Of us that trade in love.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

Music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

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