Musically Spoken

Music has always been part of my life. I’ve always loved playing piano and singing. During my college years I used to participate in a student group that put on cover concerts at school. It was so much fun, those are definitely some of my dearest memories from those happy years. Afterwards, I had the chance of singing in two different church choirs and the experience was beautiful and very rewarding. I’m lucky to have been surrounded by the love of music in different stages of my life.

To be honest, when I heard the topic for this month would be Musically Written, I struggled with finding a topic for my post. Not because I don’t have a strong connection with music; but because I’m not someone who creates playlists for my stories, plus I usually can’t write while listening to music because I get easily distracted. Sometimes I listen to instrumental music, but most of the times I prefer silence.

So, after careful consideration I decided to put together my love for quotes and this month’s music theme, and I came up with an idea to share quotes about music by famous writers. I hope you’ll enjoy reading and learning what these voices have to share about this topic. Maybe there’s some inspiration in them that will trigger ideas for your writing.

As Stevie Wonder stated:

“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”

I couldn’t agree more. It’s evident that music has always been a special universal language which moves humanity’s hearts in many ways.

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So, without further ado, here I present my selection:

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” – Plato

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“Music isn’t just something that comforts or distracts us, it goes beyond that; it’s an ideology.” – Paulo Coelho

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo

“The Earth has music for those who listen.” – Shakespeare

“Love is a friendship set to music.” – Joseph Campbell

“Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“This world is not conclusion. A sequel stands beyond. Invisible, as music; but positive, as sound.” – Emily Dickinson

“Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!” – J.K. Rowling

“Telling someone about what a symbol means is like telling someone how music should make them feel.” – Dan Brown

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Music causes us to think eloquently.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A romantic poem is something entirely different. A romantic poem touches the heart in a way that prose, art or music never could.” – Emily Browning

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

“We breathe the light, we breathe the music, we breathe the moment as it passes through us.” – Anne Rice

“The secret is not to make your music louder, but to make the world quieter.” – Mitch Albom

“Your voice and music are the same to me.” – Charles Dickens

“My flute, is my oldest companion. When everything else fails, music remains.” – Agatha Cristie

“All of us contain Music and Truth; but most of us can’t get it out.” – Mark Twain


And last but not least, I was lucky to find a quote by my favorite writer:

“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.” – Nicholas Sparks

What do you think? Pretty amazing, right? 🎵🎶

How is it that there can be a lot to say about the same thing? Music is universal but very personal at the same time, and it touches our hearts and souls in unique ways. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Now, I have many new quotes to add to my collection.

What was your favorite quote and why? Do you have any other quote by a famous writer that we could add to the list?

Mariana Ríos Ramírez is a Mexican picture book author living in South Carolina. She was a high school teacher and co-owned an online business before becoming a writer. Her debut book, Santiago’s Dinosaurios, will be published by Albert Whitman & Co. in October 2022. Her second book, Abuelita’s Gift, will be published by Knopf in Fall 2024. Besides writing, Mariana enjoys photography, traveling, Chai Lattes, and k-dramas.

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8 thoughts on “Musically Spoken

  1. I loved the intro and seeing how much music has been part of your life. It’s great that you can play the piano! The Steve Wonder quote is also spot on 💯


    1. It was a surprise for me too! It’s very interesting how people have different things to say about music. Imagine if we include musicians!!! I’m glad you’re a fellow fan of quotes. Whenever you want to exchange your favorite ones, let me know! I have a growing collection. 😊


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