A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one Beethoven!
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
It is my wish that you may have at better and freer life than I have had. Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience; this was what upheld me in time of misery.
Anyone who tells a lie has not pure heart, and cannot make good soup.
I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.
Recommend to your children virtues, that alone can make them happy, not gold.
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.
Music from my fourth year began to be the first of my youthful occupations. Thus early acquainted with the gracious muse who tuned my soul to pure harmonies, I became fond of her, and, as it often seemed to me, she of me.
The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.
The true artist has no pride. He sees unfortunately that art has no limits; he has a vague awareness of how far he is from reaching his goal; and while others may perhaps admire him, he laments the fact that he has not yet reached the point whither his better genius only lights the way for him like a distant sun.
I love a tree more than a man.
Whoever has created An abiding friendship, Or has won A true and loving wife, All who can call at least one soul theirs, Join in our song of praise; But any who cannot must creep tearfully Away from our circle.
I joyfully hasten to meet death. If it come before I have had opportunity to develop all my artistic faculties, it will come, my hard fate notwithstanding, too soon, and I should probably wish it later - yet even then I shall be happy, for will it not deliver me from a state of endless suffering?
O, you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me. You do not know the secret cause which makes me seem that way to you, and I would have ended my life - it was only my art that held me back. Ah, it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.
I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.
I shall seize fate by the throat.
There ought to be an artistic depot where the artist need only hand in his artwork in order to receive what he asks for. As things are, one must be half a business man, and how can one understand - good heavens! - that's what I really call troublesome.