To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Talent works, genius creates.
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.
Play always as if in the presence of a master.
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.
Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.
Music induces nightingales to sing, pug dogs to yelp.
When you play, do not trouble yourself as to who is listening. Yet always play as though a master listened to you.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
For me Wagner is impossible... he talks without ever stopping. One can't just talk all the time.
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.
I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.
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.
"We liked it" or "I didn't like it" people say. As if it were nothing higher than to please the people!
Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius.
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.
Can that which has cost the artist days, weeks, months and even years of reflection be understood in a flash by a dilettante?
Only when the form grows clear to you, will the spirit become so too.
Endeavour to play easy pieces well and with elegance; that is better than to play difficult pieces badly.
The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs.
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
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.
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