The man that hath no music in himself,
nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
the motions of his spirit are dull as night,
and his affections dark as Erebus:
let no such man be trusted.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616). From The Merchant of Venice. Quoted in Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley
English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare penned what is considered some of the finest work in the English language. He is among the most quoted writers in our language and influenced many novelists, poets, musicians, and painters.