His moral deficiencies as an artist were quite extraordinary. When he found the natural superiority of his genius in conflict with the ignorance and frivolity of the public – and the musical ignorance and frivolity of the Venetians and Neapolitans can hardly be overstated – he surrendered without a struggle. Although he was so able a man that it was easier and pleasanter to him to do his work intelligently than to conventionalize it and write down to the popular taste, he never persevered in any innovation that was not well received.
The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.
"I have come to you against my wish," she said in a firm voice: "but I have been ordered to grant your request. Three, seven, ace, will win for you if played in succession, but only on these conditions: that you do not play more than one card in twenty-four hours, and that you never play again during the rest of your life. I forgive you my death, on condition that you marry my companion, Lizaveta Ivanovna."
Aleksandr (Alexander Pushkin) Pushkin
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
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
There is only one time that is important -- NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time hat we have any power.
Count Leo Tolstoy
You may live a long while with some people and be on friendly terms with them and never speak openly with them from your soul.
If you can put the question, 'Am I or am I not responsible for my acts?' then you are responsible.