I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'
A true artist is expected to be all that is noble-minded, and this is not altogether a mistake; on the other hand, however, in what a mean way are critics allowed to pounce upon us.