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" In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance. "
" It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy. "
" The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants. "
" Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist. "
" Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness. "
" The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation rather than in any other, without which it would have no power to exist. "
" I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill. "
" A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense. "
" Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice. "
" I conclude that the Wagnerian operas which are already in the repertoire, and other masterworks as well, stand in no further need of my services. "
" Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light. "
" Truth is a great flirt. "
" I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices. "
" Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day. "
" Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his. "
" Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words. "
" Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny. "
" I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment... rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart, such as I have felt it since my childhood. "
" The public is always good. "
" Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with. "
" As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language, so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation. "
" A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances. "
" The character of instrumental music... lets the emotions radiate and shine in their own character without presuming to display them as real or imaginary representations. "
" It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me. "
" Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing. "
" Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless. "
" We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm. "