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" I am composing like a god, as if it simply had to be done as it has been done. "
" You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves. "
" If only your pure and clean mind could touch me, dear Haydn, nobody has a greater reverence for you than I have. "
" The world resembles a stage on which every man is playing a part. "
" Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. "
" Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief. "
" There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane, and the other eccentric. They alternate at regular intervals. "
" The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention. "
" Why should the composer be more guilty than the poet who warms to fantasy by a strange flame, making an idea that inspires him the subject of his own very different treatment? "
" When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love. "
" Approval or blame will follow in the world to come. "
" I try to decorate my imagination as much as I can. "
" Our castle is not imposing, but is well built, and surrounded by a very fine garden. I live in the bailiff's house. "
" Nobody understands another's sorrow, and nobody another's joy. "
" The manager is to be blamed who distributes parts to his players which they are unable to act. "
" The moment is supreme. "
" Above all things, I must not get angry. If I do get angry I knock all the teeth out of the mouth of the poor wretch who has angered me. "
" Easy mind, light heart. A mind that is too easy hides a heart that is too heavy. "
" I never force myself to be devout except when I feel so inspired, and never compose hymns of prayers unless I feel within me real and true devotion. "
" One bites into the brass mouthpiece of his wooden cudgel, and the other blows his cheeks out on a French horn. Do you call that Art? "
" A man endures misfortune without complaint. "
" Why does God endow us with compassion? "
" No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by. "