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Who said it: Famous quotes about music

“Music is the universal language of mankind…”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Outre-Mer, 1833)

“The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, strategems, and spoils…Let no such man be trusted.”  William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice, 1546)

“Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.”
William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 1697)

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.”  Walter Pater (The School of Giorgione, 1873)

“Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts – as the one which, more than any other, ministers to human welfare.”  Herbert Spencer (Essays on Education:  On the Origin and Function of Music, 1861)

“If one plays good music, people don’t listen; and if one plays bad music, people don’t talk.”  Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895)

“I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.” Kiss  (Dressed to Kill, 1975)