A collection of proverbs, quotes and sayings about music and musicians. If you can’t say it, sing it.

Music – Bandarban Bangladesh

A bell cricket is kept in its cage because of its song.


A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.

Benny Green

A painter's got a canvas. The writer's got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

Keith Richards

A single tree makes no forest; one string makes no music.

Chinese proverb

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy.

Albert Einstein

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

Laurie Colwin

Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, Oh Lord why don't we?

Ebony and Ivory lyrics
Paul McCartney

Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing.


I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.

Mick Jagger

If music be the food of love; play on.

William Shakespeare

If you can't say it, sing it.

If you don't know the blues… there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.

Keith Richards

Keep a tree green in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Chinese proverb

Move your neck according to the music.

Ethiopian proverb

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.

Walter Savage Landor

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.

Jean Paul Richter

Music is my first love.

Mandy Moore

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

Van Morrison

Music is the color of sound.

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.

Leigh Hunt

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

Robert Fripp

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle

Silence is music to a wise man.

Turkish proverb

There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.

Minnie Aumonier

There is no woman who sleeps so deeply that the sound of a guitar won’t bring her to the window.

Spanish proverb

There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it.

Ron Wood

Those who can't dance blame it on the music.

Jamaican proverb

To heaven for the music but to hell for a good conversation.

French proverb

When Strauss was writing his music, it was dance music. Now it's classical music. So how can you tell me that in 50 years' time film music will not turn out to be classical music?

Zbigniew Preisner

When the music changes, so does the dance.

African Proverb

Without music life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzschef

Without music, life is a journey through a desert.

Pat Conroy

Writing a tune is like sculpting. You get four or five notes, you get one out and move one around, and you do a bit more and eventually, as the sculptor says, 'In that rock there is a statue, we have to go find it'.

John Williams.

You can catch a cricket in your hand but its song is all over the field.


You don't need any brains to listen to music.

Luciano Pavarotti

You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air that you breathe – and you have the Rolling Stones!

Keith Richards