Music, psychology, Shopenhauer

“ The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from pain…Music expresses only the quintessence of life and of its events, never these themselves.
— Arthur Schopenhauer, as quoted in Oliver Sacks’ insanely good 2007 book, Musicophilia

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