„When words leave off, music begins.“

—  Heinrich Heine, As quoted in Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time (1977) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 343
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German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

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„The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body.“

—  Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
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„For now the poet can not die,
Nor leave his music as of old,
But round him ere he scarce be cold
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„Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.“

—  Thomas Beecham British conductor and impresario 1879 - 1961
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—  Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016

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„It's not the words but the music that counts.“

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„Music is love in search of a word.“

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„Where words fail, music speaks.“

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