Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed in music, and in that is its power and significance. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Quoted in Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley.
Tolstoy, a Russian author, is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of all time. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times. Two of his most famous works are War and Peace and Anna Karenina.