I can't distract myself enough here, for sketches to a new opera are constantly buzzing around in my head, to the extent that I need all my strength to wrest myself from them.

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

Profession: Musician
Nationality: German

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Everything lives and lasts by the inner necessity of its being, by its own nature's need.

Wherever the fish are, that's where we go.

What manner of thing this 'public opinion' is, should be best known to those who have its name forever in their mouths and erect the regard for it into a positive article of religion. Its self-styled organ in our times is the 'Press.'

Achievements, seldom credited to their source, are the result of unspeakable drudgery and worries.

Though German art can never be Bavarian, but simply German, yet Munich is the capital of this German Art; here, under shelter of a Prince who kindles my enthusiasm, to feel myself a native and member of the people was, to me, the homeless wanderer, a deep, a genuine need.

I write music with an exclamation point.

Here, everything is tragic through and through, and the will, that fain would shape a world according to its wish, at last can reach no greater satisfaction than the breaking of itself in dignified annulment.

The measures and acts which show us violently disposed towards the outer world can never stay without a violent reaction on ourselves.

Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds.

I am fond of them, of the inferior beings of the abyss, of those who are full of longing.

In no State is there a weightier law than that which centers its stability in the supreme hereditary power of one particular family, unconnected and un-commingling with any other lineage in that State.

I was in a state of gnawing, sensuous agitation that excited continually both blood and nerves when I sketched out the music for 'Tannhauser' and brought it to completion.

Joy is not in things it is in us.

I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired.