No matter what genre you prefer the most, music is part of our lives and without it everything would be dull and pointless.

Songs carry so much emotion and they tell stories. Time stops when we’re listening to good music, our hearts open and we let ourselves get carried away.

Music is an old-time healer and a friend that never lets us down. It brings us together, lifts us up and if we want to vent our feelings, music is the best therapy.

Ever since ancient times, people have sung to celebrate or motivate themselves. In some cultures, they play music even at funerals. So you see, there’s no inappropriate time to listen to music, even if we’re not necessarily celebrating something.

The following music quotes are from famous musicians, composers and non-musicians as well — and they all share similar viewpoints. After all, you don’t have to be a professional in order to appreciate the sound of an instrument of that of a beautiful voice.

Here are 30 music quotes that capture the magic of sound and rhythm:

Music is the universal language of mankind.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

Where words fail, music speaks.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.

WILLIAM JAMES

Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

BOB MARLEY (more Bob Marley quotes)

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.

EMORY AUSTIN

Where the words leave off, the music begins.

HEINRICH HEINE

I think music in itself is healing. It is 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

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.

GEORGE ELIOT

Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you will call and she will not answer. 

PATRICK ROTH FUSS

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

ALDOUS HUXLEY

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.

EDWARD ELGAR

Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.

HARUKI MURAKAMI

People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It`s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in in the river has its song.

MICHAEL JACKSON (more Michael Jackson quotes)

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I’m related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (more Henry david Thoreau quotes)

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music AND I see my life in terms of music.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

The only truth is music.

JACK KEROUAC

Without music, life would be a mistake.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

LEO TOLSTOY (more Leo Tolstoy quotes)

You have to, take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.

KELLY WHITE

If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it, that surfeiting.  The appetite may sicken, and so die.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.

W.H. AUDEN

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

MAYA ANGELOU

Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.

DIMEBAG DARRELL

There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow men.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

If music is a place, then jazz is the City, Folk is the wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a temple.

VERA NAZARIAN

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.

PABLO CASALS

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

CONFUCIUS (more Confucius quotes)

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF