Je suis venu au monde tres jeune dans un temps tres vieux
Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself.
I am by far your superior, but my notorious modesty prevents me from saying so.
When I was young, people used to say to me: Wait until you're fifty, you'll see. I am fifty. I haven't seen anything.
Last year I gave several lectures on "Intelligence and Musicality among Animals" ... Today I am going to speak to you about "Intelligence and Musicality among Critics" ... The subject is much the same, with some modifications, of course.
I am tired of always dying with a broken heart.
Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.
The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest.
I eat only white foods: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, cheese (white), cotton salad, and certain fish (skinless).
I have never written a note I didn't mean.
Experience is a form of paralysis.
I came into the world very young, in an age that was very old.
We should have a music of our own - if possible, without any Sauerkraut.
We cannot doubt that animals both love and practice music. That is evident. But it seems their musical system differs from ours. It is another school....We are not familiar with their didactic works. Perhaps they don't have any.
I liked the bit about quarter to eleven.
I took to my room and let small things evolve slowly.
My dream is to be played everywhere, not only at the Opera.
Opera is a musical scenery, a musical atmosphere in which the characters move and talk.
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