Talent works, genius creates.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
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.
Play always as if in the presence of a master.
I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.
For me Wagner is impossible... he talks without ever stopping. One can't just talk all the time.
I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.
Let your intimate friends be chosen from such as are better informed than yourself.
Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius.
Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.
When you play, do not trouble yourself as to who is listening. Yet always play as though a master listened to you.
"We liked it" or "I didn't like it" people say. As if it were nothing higher than to please the people!
My indifference to money and my spendthrift ways are disgraceful. You have no idea how reckless I am; how often I practically throw money out of the window. I am always making good resolutions, but the next minute I forget and give the waiter eightpence.
Only when the form grows clear to you, will the spirit become so too.
A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity...
I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them.
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.
Send light to the dark hearts of men, that is the duty the artist.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
Can that which has cost the artist days, weeks, months and even years of reflection be understood in a flash by a dilettante?
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
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