And now, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Beethoven's death, I would like to play 'Clear the Saloon', er, 'Clair de Lune', by Debussy. I don't play Beethoven so well, but I play Debussy very badly, and Beethoven would have liked that.
Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year.
Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
Clarinets, like lawyers, have cases, mouthpieces, and they need a constant supply of hot air in order to function.
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Always remember to forget the things that made you sad, but never forget to remember the things that made you glad.
A Smile is a curve which can set a lot of things straight.
One afternoon, when I was four years old, my father came home, and he found me in the living room in front of a roaring fire, which made him very angry. Because we didn't have a fireplace.
I don't mind growing old. I'm just not used to it.
Occasionally, a finger comes up to wipe a tear [of laughter] from the eye... and that's my reward... the rest goes to the government.
Did you know that Mozart had no arms and no legs? I've seen statues of him on people's pianos.
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
In my youth, I wanted to be a great pantomimist -- but I found I had nothing to say.
I normally don't do requests. Unless, of course, I have been asked to do so.
I do not have a single white note on my piano; my elephant smoked too much.
I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year.
Mendelssohn never wrote any Water Music. However, he wrote the Scotch Symphony, which is even better, or at least stronger.
The conductor is a peculiar person. He turns his back on his friends in the audience, shakes a stick at his players in the orchestra, and then wonders why nobody loves him.
In my dreams of Heaven, I always see the great Masters gathered in a huge hall in which they all reside. Only Mozart has his own suite.
The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
I wish to thank my parents for making it all possible? and I wish to thank my children for making it necessary.
When I was a little boy and played Liebestraum, my father used to hit me on the head with a newspaper every time I slopped the cadenza . . . I hate Liebestraum.
If I have caused just one person to wipe away a tear of laughter, that's my reward.
I know [canned music] makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator?
(Referring to the piano's natural shape) Isn't it a shame when those big fat opera singers lean against the pianos and bend them?
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