I write music with an exclamation point.

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

Profession: Musician
Nationality: German

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

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

Even if I know I shall never change the masses, never transform anything permanent, all I ask is that the good things also have their place, their refuge.

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.

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.

How absurd these critics must seem to me, who in their modern wantonness have become so ingenious. They want to interpret my Tannhauser as specifically Christian and impute to him a tendency to impotent glorification!

The patriot subordinates himself to his State in order to raise it above all other States and thus, as it were, to find his personal sacrifice repaid with ample interest through the might and greatness of his fatherland.

Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through. Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted.

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

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 have long been convinced that my artistic ideal stands or falls with Germany. Only the Germany that we love and desire can help us achieve that ideal.

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.'

Life is earnest - and always has been.

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