"Truly great music shares the principle of harmony with the universe. When the soul is poor, things do not grow (...) and when the world is chaotic, the rituals and the music become licentious. Therefore, the superior man tries to create harmony in the human heart by a rediscovery of human nature, and tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and the people's minds are led toward the right ideas and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation. Character is the backbone of our human nature, and music is the flowering of character."

From The Analects , as attributed to Confucius