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Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Friends

I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. Frederic Chopin, composer
  • happiness

Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the fire. Gustav Mahler, composer
  • tradition

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Music

Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day. Franz Liszt, composer
  • chances


To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein, composer
  • time

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Music

. . . colors like a flourish of trumpets or pianissimo on the violin, great, calm, oscillating, splintered surgances . . . . Is this not form? Giacomo Puccini, composer
  • Violins

Music is the space between the notes. Claude Debussy, composer
  • Music

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • music

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
  • aim

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. Igor Stravinsky, composer
  • Sin

It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts. Oscar Levant, composer
  • Regret

Art is the most beautiful of all lies. Claude Debussy, composer
  • art

Joy is not in things; it is in us Richard Wagner, composer
  • inspirational

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • alone

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Art

A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn. Claude Debussy, composer
  • beautiful

There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side. Oscar Levant, composer
  • Pride

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. George Gershwin, composer
  • life

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schumann, composer
  • art

You may have the universe if I may have Italy. Giuseppe Verdi, composer
  • italy

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Music

For the past ten years I have had no financial problems. Gyorgy Ligeti, composer
  • financial

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon. Johannes Brahms, composer
  • humor

Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour. Gioachino Rossini, composer
  • awful

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down. Hector Berlioz, composer
  • anguish

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. John Cage, composer
  • poetry

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being? Igor Stravinsky, composer
  • Love

I want to do nothing chic, I want to have ideas before beginning a piece. Georges Bizet, composer
  • beginning

Love forbids you not to love. Umberto Giordano, composer
  • forbids

Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • between

Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
  • devotional

When I was young, I was told: 'You'll see, when you're fifty.' I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing. Erik Satie, composer
  • fifty

When I wished to sing of love it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow it was transformed for me into love. Franz Schubert, composer
  • Music

Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein, composer
  • Music

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome. Oscar Levant, composer
  • Loneliness

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. Felix Mendelssohn, composer
  • Beauty

People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception? Claude Debussy, composer
  • come

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light. Claude Debussy, composer
  • arithmetic

Every great inspiration is but an experiment. Charles Ives, composer
  • experiment

Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them. Charles Gounod, composer
  • butterflies

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener. Arvo Part, composer
  • appear

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic. Jean Sibelius, composer
  • attention

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant, composer
  • Insanity

This new art made a deep impression on me, and I began to study it ardently. Ruggero Leoncavallo, composer
  • ardently

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. Igor Stravinsky, composer
  • bar

I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
  • achieve

A good composer does not imitate; he steals. Igor Stravinsky, composer
  • Music

Competitions are for horse, not artist. Bela Bartok, composer
  • Competition


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