Who better to receive musical inspiration and advice than from the musicians themselves? Here are 25 motivational quotes from musicians for musicians.


“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” – Claude Debussy


“Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.” – Franz Liszt


“There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.” – Franz Joseph Haydn


“A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.”
– Dmitri Shostakovich


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


“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” – Ludwig van Beethoven


“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


“Imagination creates reality.” – Richard Wagner


“Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.” – Billy Joel

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.” – Duke Ellington


“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


“A musician should only sound like what they do, and no two musicians sound the same.
It’s an individual-feel thing, you know?” – Dave Grohl


“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” – Louis Armstrong


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


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


“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.”
– James Taylor


“The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers


“We’re musicians. We make music for a living. It’s that simple. Nothing else matters.” -Eddie Van Halen


“The goal is to try and make the perfect song. Which of course will never happen.” – Chris Martin


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


“I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.” – Elvis Presley


“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.”
– Whitney Houston


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


“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to
bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan


“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” – John Lennon

We hope these quotes have left you inspired and ready to play! For even more inspiration, check out 25 Motivational Quotes for Musicians and 21 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Practice Music.

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