Famous Music Quotes

“I’d rather be a musician than a rock star.” George Harrison

“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.” Miles Davis

“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” Robert Schumann

“When I was a little boy, I told my dad, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’ My dad said ‘You can’t do both, Son’.” Chet Atkins

“If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.” Lindsay Buckingham

“Country music is three chords and the truth.” Harlan Howard

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two.” Frederic Chopin

“People haven’t always been there for me, but music always has.” Taylor Swift

“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” Angus Young (AC/DC)

“If I didn’t do this well, I just wouldn’t have anything to do…I can’t cook, and I’d be a terrible housewife.” Freddie Mercury (Queen)

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” Jimi Hendrix

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.” Bob Newhart

“I don’t deserve a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. But fifteen years ago, I had a brain operation and I didn’t deserve that, either. So I’ll keep it!” Quincy Jones

“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.” Duke Ellington

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.” Igor Stravinsky

“Let me be clear about this: I don’t have a drug problem, I have a police problem.” Keith Richards

“In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.” Robert Schumann

“If I knew I had to play this song the rest of my life I probably woulda wrote something else.” Joe Walsh (Rocky Mountain Way)

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” Tom Waits

“Music makes one feel so romantic. At least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.” Oscar Wilde

 “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein

“I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music.” Elton John

“I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.” Woody Allen

“Let me be clear about this: I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.”  Keith Richards

“When I was a little boy, I told my dad, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’ My dad said: ‘You can’t do both, Son.” Chet Atkins

“I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch.” George Burns

“There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.” Duke Ellington

“Retire to what?” Duke Ellington

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.” Coleman Hawkins

“Why be a second-rate Ravel, when you are a first-rate Gershwin?'” Maurice Ravel to George Gershwin

Louis Armstrong:
“You blows who you is.”
“If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out.”
“Never play anything the same way twice.”
“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.”
“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.”