Quotations About / On:
A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.
(Loretta Lynn (b. 1930), U.S. singer. Quoted in Los Angeles Times (May 26, 1974).)
A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.
(Ian Anderson (b. 1947), British rock musician. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 67, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
(Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (March 9, 1961).)
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
(Noël Coward (1899-1973), British actor, playwright, composer. Amanda, in Private Lives, act 1 (1930), published in Play Parade (1931).
In the 1930 recording of the play, the words (spoken by Gertrude Lawrence) were "Strange how potent cheap music is.")
Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
(André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. Quoted in Lillian Smith, The Journey, ch. 15 (1955).)
Music's a wonderful background for our thoughts, isn't it?
(Arnold Phillips, Max Nosseck (1902-1972), Polish, and Hugh Gray. Max Nosseck. Reginald Parker (John Loder), The Brighton Strangler, speaking to the Chief of Police at his home (1945).)
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
(Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "The School of Giorgione," (1873).)
Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
My aversion from music rests on political grounds.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 113, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).)