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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation.
Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.
If music be the food of love; play on.
Berlioz says nothing in his music, but he says it magnificently.
Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.
Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind.
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.

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