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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

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

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

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

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

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein, composer
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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

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

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

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

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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Art is the most beautiful of all lies. Claude Debussy, composer
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No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

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

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

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

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

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

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. George Gershwin, composer
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Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being? Igor Stravinsky, composer
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Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schumann, composer
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Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. Igor Stravinsky, composer
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I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. John Cage, composer

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

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

Imagination creates reality. Richard Wagner, composer

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. Claude Debussy, composer

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on. Oscar Levant, composer

My music is best understood by children and animals. Igor Stravinsky, composer

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

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. Igor Stravinsky, composer

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time Leonard Bernstein, composer

Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

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

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

If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord. Johann Sebastian Bach, composer

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