Top 50 Quotes from Musicians About Life, Love, Work & More

Quotes from musicians

Looking for some of the best quotes from musicians? Musicians have done much more than just give us great songs to enjoy. They have also provided some very wise and inspirational quotes to keep us going through life, work, and relationships.

Here are 50 quotes by musicians such as Beethoven, Madonna, and Ed Sheeran. From every era and genre, these musicians know just how to relate to us, in ways that few others can.

The Top 50 Quotes From Musicians

Quotes By Musicians About Life

Sometimes you just need to embrace life, accept your mistakes, and not take things too seriously. These inspiring quotes from musicians will remind you of that!

quotes from musicians

“Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” John Lennon

quotes from musicians

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”  Beyoncé

quotes from musicians

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”  Taylor Swift

quotes from musicians

“You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other.” Stevie Ray Vaughan

quotes from musicians

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” Frank Zappa

quotes from musicians

“Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.” Lana del Rey

quotes from musicians

“I’ve had great success being a total idiot.” – Jerry Lewis

quotes from musicians

“Do the things you believe in, in the name of love. And know that, you aren’t alone. We all have doubts and fear.” Carole King

quotes from musicians

“Imagination creates reality.” Richard Wagner

quotes from musicians

“Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.” Kanye West

quotes from musicians

“Dare to wear the foolish clown face.” Frank Sinatra

quotes from musicians

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” BB King

quotes from musicians

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage

quotes from musicians

“Everything is scary if you look at it. So you just got to live it.” Mary J. Blige

Quotes By Musicians About Love

Is there a special someone in your life, but you don’t know how to tell them how you really feel? Leave it to these musical greats to help turn your feelings into words.

quotes from musicians

“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.” Schubert

quotes from musicians

“Love is like nothing else on this earth, but only when it is shared with someone wonderful like you.” Mandy Moore

quotes from musicians

“I can live only wholly with you or not at all.” Beethoven

quotes from musicians

“Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”  Mozart

quotes from musicians

“What force is more potent than love?” Igor Stravinsky

quotes from musicians

“For suddenly, I saw you there

And through foggy London town

The sun was shining everywhere…” George Gershwin

quotes from musicians

“And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Paul McCartney

quotes from musicians

“‘Love’ is supreme and unconditional; ‘like’ is nice but limited.” – Duke Ellington

quotes from musicians

“Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.” Ray Charles

quotes from musicians

“I can do nothing but think of you…what have you done to me? Can’t you remove the spell you have cast over me?”  Johannes Brahms

Quotes from musicians

“I know of no better definition of love than the one given by Proust – Love is space and time measured by the heart.” Gian Carlo Menotti

quotes from musicians

“Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.” Billie Holiday

Quotes by Musicians About Work

Need a pep talk? Whatever you’re going through at work, these quotes by musicians will give you the confidence to go for what you really want.

quotes from musicians

“One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it.”  Madonna

quotes from musicians

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  Ella Fitzgerald

quotes from musicians

“You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.” Bruno Mars

quotes from musicians

“You build on failure. Use it as a stepping stone and close the door on the past. Don’t try to forget the mistakes, but don’t dwell on it.” Johnny Cash

quotes from musicians

“The roughest roads often lead to the top.”  Christina Aguilera

quotes from musicians

“You can’t give up something you really believe in for financial reasons.”  Robert Plant

quotes from musicians

“To some extent I happily don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that it’s an artist’s responsibility to trust that.”  David Byrne

quotes from musicians

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” J. S. Bach

quotes from musicians

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein

quotes from musicians

“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”  Aretha Franklin

quotes from musicians

“So put your heart and soul into it and give it everything you’ve got, and more power to you.”  Vinnie Paul

quotes from musicians

“If you do something you hate and have success, you’ll still hate it, if you do something you hate and fail, all the worse, if you do something you love and fail, at least you did something you loved, if you do something you love and succeed, double win.” Moby

quotes from musicians

“Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes. Just make sure they’re your mistakes.” Fiona Apple

quotes from musicians

“It’s like if you want something so badly go out there and grab, just keep on doing it.” Ed Sheeran

Quotes By Musicians About Ourselves

Need some words of encouragement? These inspirational quotes will help you shine just the way you are, and discover what makes you truly unique!

Quotes from musicians

“Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.”  Prince

Quotes from musicians

“Increase your confidence in your self-worth and in your ability to contribute good things to the world.”  Lindsey Stirling

quotes from musicians

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Kurt Cobain

quotes from musicians

“Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”  Janelle Monae

quotes from musicians

“You don’t have to believe everything you think.” Erykah Badu  

quotes from musicians

“Where’s your will to be weird?”  Jim Morrison

quotes from musicians

“There’s always that argument to make – that you’re in better company historically if people don’t understand what you’re doing.”  Elliott Smith

quotes from musicians

“Trying to please everybody is impossible—if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.” John Lennon

quotes from musicians

“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” Cher

quotes from musicians

“I’m one of those regular weird people.”  Janis Joplin

Each of these quotes from musicians made our top 50 list for various reasons. Some are famous and others are unexpected, but they all have something in common. They’re there to motivate you and help you view things the way only a true artist can!

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