"From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."John Philip Sousa on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."John Philip Sousa on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."John Philip Sousa on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."John Philip Sousa on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."John Philip Sousa on Ray Charles
"Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty."
"Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music."
"My religion lies in my composition."
"I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect."
"I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher."