Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.
Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
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