If you want to please the critics, don't play too loud, too soft, too fast, too slow.
After conducting a concert in a small town, I once received the following note from a farmer who had attended the performance: "Dear Sir, I wish to inform you that the man who played the long thing you pull in and out only did so during the brief periods you were looking at him."
To Strauss the composer I take off my hat; to Strauss the man I put it back on again.
Can't you read? The score demands 'con amore,' and what are you doing? You are playing it like married men!
Liberty, in my opinion, is the only orthodoxy within the limits of which art may express itself and flourish freely-liberty that is the best of all things in the life of man, if it is all one with wisdom and virtue.
I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I haven't had time for tobacco since.
After I die, I shall return to earth as a gatekeeper of a bordello and I won't let any of you enter.
God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way.
When I was young, I kissed my first woman and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. Believe me, never since have I wasted any more time on tobacco.”“After I die I shall return to earth as the doorkeeper of a bordello and I won't let a one of you in.
I hate you all because you destroy my dreams!
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