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" Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier. "
" A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything. "
" It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything afresh and create it anew. "
" If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. "
" I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed. "
" In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage. "
" It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it. "
" I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding. "
" All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. "
" The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great and the mere virtuosi. "
" Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. "
" It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going. "
" When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one. "
" Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift. "
" An operetta is simply a small and gay opera. "
" I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment. "
" In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience. "
Meant To Be
" You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion. "
" I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life. "
" The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause. "
" The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes. "
" Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. "
" I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way. "
" Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one's way. "
" It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces. "
" I live like a Hottentot. I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone. "
" I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day. "
" I beg of you... never assume an inner or an outer pose, never a disguise. "
" What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized. "
" Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos. "
" Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking. "