To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Talent works, genius creates.
For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.
Remember, there are more people in the world than yourself. Be modest! You have not yet invented nor thought anything which others have not thought or invented before. And should you really have done so, consider it a gift of heaven which you are to share with others.
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
When you play, do not trouble yourself as to who is listening. Yet always play as though a master listened to you.
It is the curse of talent that, although it labors with greater steadiness and perseverance than genius, it does not reach its goal, while genius already on the summit of the ideal, gazes laughingly about.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.
You will be most readily cured of vanity or presumption by studying the history of music, and by hearing the master pieces which have been produced at different periods.
Endeavour to play easy pieces well and with elegance; that is better than to play difficult pieces badly.
Play always as if in the presence of a master.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
The poet sees better than other mortals. I do not see things as they are, but according to my own subjective impression, and this makes life easier and simpler.
"We liked it" or "I didn't like it" people say. As if it were nothing higher than to please the people!
Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.
A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity.
To compose is to remember music that has never been written.
Let your intimate friends be chosen from such as are better informed than yourself.
I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.
We have learned to express the more delicate nuances of feeling by penetrating more deeply into the mysteries of harmony.
We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart.
Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder.
I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.
Think it a vile habit to alter works of good composers, to omit parts of them, or to insert new-fashioned ornaments. This is the greatest insult you can offer to Art.
Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius.
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