The human voice and music can combine to transform persons into poets,
great lovers and visionaries. It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best, to sing them."
- Alan P. Tory and Hilaire Belloc
Through its influence upon the unconscious, music can have a specific healing effect. It can help in eliminating repressions and resistances, and it can bring into the field of waking consciousness many drives, emotions and complexes which were creating difficulties in the unconscious.
- Roberto Assagioli
Through vibration comes motion;
Through motion comes color;
Through color comes tone.
Love, one for another, between us, shows itself in bursts of song; .. . great thoughts are symphonies; and as we answer love to love, and thought to thought, as the air about us is filled with tones and supertones, with harmonies, songs, chants and great chorales....
- Geoffrey Hodson
If you are able to discover your own keynote or chord and play it over gently to yourself, you will revive as if by magic. Your keynote can be ascertained by listening to some good orchestral music. When the note is played it will send a thrill right through you.
- Vera Stanley Alder
Already the new men and women are dotted here and there all over the earth. Every now and then one meets them. Their very voices and faces are different from ours. When you have recognized one of them, you will recognize the next one much more easily. And I strongly suspect.. that they recognize one another immediately and infallibly, across every barrier of color, sex, class, age and even creeds. In that way to become holy is rather like joining a secret society.
- C. S. Lewis
"First of all you must use your ears to take some of the burden from your eyes. We have been using our eyes to judge the world since the time we were born. We talk to others and to ourselves mainly about what we see. A warrior always listens to the sounds of the world."
- Carlos Castaneda, JOURNEY TO IXTLAN
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.
If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
- Charlie Parker
"Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased.
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow.
Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
And with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the full bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weights upon the heart."
-Shakespeare, MACBETH, reflecting on music
"The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. [It is the] profoundest nonchemical medication."
-Oliver Sacks "AWAKENINGS"
"When I hear music I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times and to the latest."
-Thoreau JOURNAL 1857