Quotations About
music

Nowadays what isn’t worth saying is sung.

Le Barbier de Séville (1775)

Christian: Do you like Billie Holiday?
Cher: I love him!

Posted in: Clueless

Salieri: While my father prayed earnestly to God to protect commerce, I would offer up secretly the proudest prayer a boy could think of: “Lord, make me a great composer. Let me celebrate Your glory through music and be celebrated myself. Make me famous through the world, dear God. Make me immortal. After I die, let people speak my name forever with love for what I wrote. In return, I will give You my chastity, my industry, my deepest humility, every hour of my life. Amen”. And do you know what happened? A miracle!

Posted in: Amadeus

Salieri: On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly – high above it – an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing a voice of God.

Posted in: Amadeus

“Yes it is,” said the Professor. “Wait—” he motioned to Richard, who was about to go out again and investigate— “let it be. It won’t be long.”

Richard stared in disbelief. “You say there’s a horse in your bathroom, and all you can do is stand there naming Beatles songs?”

Rizzo the Rat: Mother always taught me: never eat singing food.

Sam: ‘Greased Lightning’ is my cell phone ringtone and I’ve been knocked out by a car door before, so I was really looking forward to recreating the reality of that moment on stage.

The Role You Were Born to Play (season 4, episode 5)
Posted in: Glee

Charlie Brown: Well, there’s only one thing wrong with that.
Linus van Pelt: What’s that, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: My grandmother lives in a condominium.

after singing "Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go"

Who hears music feels his solitude
Peopled at once.

Balaustion's Adventure (1871)
Posted in: Robert Browning

Raul: This is outrageous. Where are the armed men who come in to take the protestors away? Where are they? This kind of behavior is never tolerated in Baraqua. You shout like that they put you in jail. Right away. No trial, no nothing. Journalists, we have a special jail for journalists. You are stealing: right to jail. You are playing music too loud: right to jail, right away. Driving too fast: jail. Slow: jail. You are charging too high prices for sweaters, glasses: you right to jail. You undercook fish? Believe it or not, jail. You overcook chicken, also jail. Undercook, overcook. You make an appointment with the dentist and you don’t show up, believe it or not, jail, right away. We have the best patients in the world because of jail.

Dave (singing in the shower):
Hail to the chief
He’s the one we all say “Hail” to.
We all say “Hail”
‘Cause he keeps himself so clean!
He’s got the power,
That’s why he’s in the shower…

Posted in: Dave

Leela: Impressive. They’re busting mad rhymes with an 80% success rate.

Posted in: Futurama

Phil: I think concerts are rad. Hello, I was a hall-raiser!
Haley: A what?
Phil: I followed Hall & Oates around the country one summer. “Rich Girl” just spoke to me; I was dating this girl – not dating, I guess I was following her too, kind of.

The Incident (season 1, episode 4)
Posted in: Modern Family

Brenda Morgenstern: Vince, this is so much trouble you go to. I mean, why lug your accordion all the way here when I can just put on some records or something?
Vince Mazuma: Well, I thought it would turn you on.

Chest Pains
Posted in: Rhoda

God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.

The Singers (1849)

Tom: In memory everything seems to happen to music.

The Glass Menagerie (1944)

Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.

Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883)
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

Brother Preptil, the master of the music, had described Brutha’s voice as putting him in mind of a disappointed vulture arriving too late at the dead donkey.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

Jay Pritchett: This salsa dancing, how hard is it to learn?

Manny Delgado: Not hard at all. It’s about tapping into your emotions, your passion, your inner fire.

Jay Pritchett: Crap.

Treehouse (season 3, episode 7)
Posted in: Modern Family

Music is the universal language of mankind — poetry their universal pastime and delight.

Outre-Mer

Winston: Here’s what I was thinking, okay? If we wanna win this concert, we play something cool, like “Eye of the Tiger.”
Bianca: What’s “Eye of the Tiger”?
Winston: “Eye of the Tiger” is the greatest song ever written. It’s so cool, it ended the Cold War.
Jess: That’s not even a little bit true.

Bells (season 1, episode 7)
Posted in: New Girl