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But Bellenden we needs must praise,
  Who as down the stairs she jumps
    Sings o'er the hill and far away,
      Despising doleful dumps.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Distracted Jockey's Lamentation--Pills to Purge Melancholy,
        found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Halliwell Phillips

Tom he was a piper's son,
  He learned to play when he was young;
    Bug all the tune that he could play
      Was "Over the hills and far away."
      - Unattributed Author,
        Distracted Jockey's Lamentation--Pills to Purge Melancholy,
        found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Halliwell Phillips

All of heaven we have below.
      - Joseph Addison

Music can noble hints impart,
  Engender fury, kindle love;
    With unsuspected eloquence can move,
      And manage all the man with secret art.
      - Joseph Addison

Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings.
      - Joseph Addison

Music when thus applied raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture.
      - Joseph Addison

Music, among those who were styled the chosen people, was a religious art.
      - Joseph Addison

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
      - Joseph Addison

Music religious heat inspires,
  It wakes the soul, and lifts it high,
    And wings it with sublime desires,
      And fits it to bespeak the Deity.
      - Joseph Addison,
        A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (st. 4)

[T]he music's pure algebra of enchantment.
      - Conrad Potter Aiken (used pseudonym Samuel Jeake, Jr.),
        at a musical concert

There is a sadness in sweet sound
  That quickens tears.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Music exalts each joy, allays each grief,
  Expels diseases, softens every pain,
    Subdues the rage of poison, and the plague.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. IV, l. 512)

If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.
      - Louis Armstrong

Never play a thing the same way twice.
      - Louis Armstrong

The ordered music of the marching orbs.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold

That rich celestial music thrilled the air
  From hosts on hosts shining ones, who thronged
    Eastward and westward, making bright the night.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. IV, l. 418)

Music washes away from the soul the dust of every-day life.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections,--as merry tunes, doleful tunes, solemn tunes, tunes inclining men's minds to pity, warlike tunes,--so that it is no marvel if they alter the spirits, considering that tunes have a predisposition to the motion of the spirits.
      - Francis Bacon

Music tells no truths.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Village Feast)

Everything will past, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
      - Mikhail Bakunin,
        about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Rugged the breast that music cannot tame.
      - John Codrington Bampfylde,
        Sonnet in Praise of Delia

If music and sweet poetry agree.
      - Richard Barnfield, Sonnet

Gayly the troubadour
  Touched his guitar.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Welcome Me Home

I'm saddest when I sing.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        You think I have a merry heart

Is there a heart that music cannot melt?
  Alas! how is that rugged heart forlorn.
      - James Beattie

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