Famous Philosopher’s Take on Music
Friedrich Nietzsche – a German philosopher who is known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a “super-man.”
“In music the passions enjoy themselves.”
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
“Life would be a mistake without music.”
Plato – a well known philosopher in Classical Greece. He created the first academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world
“Philosophy is the highest music.”
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
Pythagoras – a greek philosopher famous for his concept of geometry. It is believed that he was first to establish that the sum of the angles of a triangle is equal to two right angles and as for a right-angled triangle, the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.”
“Be silent or say something better than silence.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – a German philosopher who is famous for his works in mathematics and philosophy.
“Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
“Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting.”
Immanuel Kant – a German philosopher who focused on Kant argued about human nature and morality.
“Genius is a talent it cannot be taught, neither learnt.”
“The minuet is allowed by the dancing-masters themselves to be the perfection of all dancing.”