"It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Samuel Butler on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Samuel Butler 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."Samuel Butler on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Samuel Butler 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."Samuel Butler on Ray Charles
"Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
"The history of art is the history of revivals."
"Life is not an exact science, it is an art."
"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."
"The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money."