— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
— Miles Davis American jazz musician 1926 - 1991
„There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind … the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed.“
— Duke Ellington American jazz musician, composer and band leader 1899 - 1974
Where Is Jazz Going? Music Journal (1962) Reproduced in The Duke Ellington Reader, ISBN 978-0-19-509391-9.
„Any religion that endorses violence is incapable of delivering spiritual enlightenment — how obvious does that have to be?“
— Pat Condell Stand-up comedian, writer, and Internet personality 1949
and it has no right even to call itself a religion. Without the shield of religion to hide behind, Islam would be banned in the civilized world as a political ideology of hate — and we have no obligation to make allowances for it, any more than we do for Nazism. It's a bigger threat to our freedom than Nazism ever was. Yes, both are totalitarian, and both divide the world unnecessarily into us-and-them, the pure and the impure, and both make no secret of their desire to exterminate the Jews. But we were all more or less on the same side against the Nazis, whereas the Islamonazis have got plenty of friends among people in the West who ought to know better.
"No mosque at Ground Zero" (4 June 2010) http://youtube.com/watch?v=vjS0Novt3X4
„If music is haraam then why has it reached such heights? Why does music make me to soar towards heaven? The religion of music is one; all other are different. I tell the Mullas that this is the only haqeeqat (reality). This is my world. My Namaaz is the seven ‘sudh’ [pure] and five ‘komal’ [soft] surs“
— Bismillah Khan Indian musician 1916 - 2006
His reply to the hardliner Shia mullas who wanted to ban music.
Quote, Power Profiles
— George Steiner American writer 1929 - 2020
Zdroj: Real Presences (1989), III: Presences, Ch. 6 (p. 218).
„In regard to the terrors as well as the superstitions and immoralities of religion, it will not do to urge that they are due only to the imperfections of the men who professed the various religions. If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.“
— Morris Raphael Cohen American philosopher 1880 - 1947
" The dark side of religion http://thenewschoolhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cohen_darksidereligion1.pdf." in: Walter Kaufmann (ed). Religion from Tolstoy to Camus. (1964), p. 294
„All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.“
— Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
Le Coq et l’Arlequin (1918)
„If music is implemented in the best possible way and the music is good and interesting, then it is going to make a good game great.“
— Jesper Kyd musician 1972
Amiga Music Preservation interview, 2006
„It must now be added that these attempts at proof not only fail of their purpose, and so do no good to religion, but that they positively degrade it.“
— Walter Terence Stace British civil servant, educator and philosopher. 1886 - 1967
„Cosimo: It is only a play… with music? Does God say the same at every death? It is only a play… with music? When I die, will someone say the same? He was only a prince. He died. It was only a play… with music.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
The Baby of Mâcon
— George Steiner American writer 1929 - 2020
In Bluebeard's Castle (1971)
— Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772
The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning Life #1
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
As quoted in M.E.A.T (1991-09).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print
„Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought "Let me glorify my own religion," only harms his own religion. Therefore contact (between religions) is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others.“
— Ashoka Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty -304 - -232 pred n. l.
Kontext: Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, honors both ascetics and the householders of all religions, and he honors them with gifts and honors of various kinds. But Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not value gifts and honors as much as he values this — that there should be growth in the essentials of all religions. Growth in essentials can be done in different ways, but all of them have as their root restraint in speech, that is, not praising one's own religion, or condemning the religion of others without good cause. And if there is cause for criticism, it should be done in a mild way. But it is better to honor other religions for this reason. By so doing, one's own religion benefits, and so do other religions, while doing otherwise harms one's own religion and the religions of others. Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought "Let me glorify my own religion," only harms his own religion. Therefore contact (between religions) is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others. Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desires that all should be well-learned in the good doctrines of other religions.