Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this -- the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
Sir Walter Scott
Tempt not a desperate man.
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.
Johann von Goethe
Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty! If you descend to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of love.
For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid It must be education that does it.
I bequeath all my property to my wife on the condition that she remarry immediately. Then there will be at least one man to regret my death.
Dying of tuberculosis: The earth is suffocating.... Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gautier
Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.
We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything.
Sir John Eliot
The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.
A Swan's Song (an astrology page; it does contain some notable biographical information and several photographs, amidst a great deal of speculation and rumor)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sounds and ideas are hanging in the air;I am devouring them and stuffing myself.A comment he wrote after viewing an exhibition of Viktor Hartmann's drawings and paintings which inspired his suite Pictures at an Exhibition
Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
Thomas De Quincey
How have I been able to live so long outside Nature without identifying myself with it? Everything lives, moves, everything corresponds; the magnetic rays, emanating either from myself or from others, cross the limitless chain of created things unimpeded; it is a transparent network that covers the world, and its slender threads communicate themselves by degrees to the planets and stars. Captive now upon earth, I commune with the chorus of the stars who share in my joys and sorrows.
Gerard De Nerval
I will go upon the rock, boys, and look abroad for the savages," said Ishmael shortly after, advancing towards them wit a mien which he intended should be conciliating, at the same time that it was authoritative. "If there is nothing to fear, we will go out on the plain; the day is too good to be lost in words, like women in the towns wrangling over their tea and sugared cakes.
James Fenimore Cooper
How glorious it is -- and also how painful -- to be an exception.
Alfred De Musset
The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La puissance ne consiste pas à frapper fort ou souvent, mais à frapper juste.
Honoré de Balzac
"In the passage quoted here from Monteverdi's madrigal [Cruda amarilli, mm.9-19 and 24-30], one sees a tonality determined by the characteristic of the accord parfait on the tonic, by the sixth chord assigned to the third and seventh degrees, by the optional choice of the accord parfait or the sixth chord on the sixth degree, and finally, by the accord parfait, and above all, by the unprepared seventh chord (with major third) on the dominant."
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Never look at the Trombones, you'll only encourage them.