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" You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion. "
" I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding. "
" Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift. "
" The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks. "
" Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it. "
" It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going. "
" What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized. "
" I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment. "
" Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. "
" If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies. "
" Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier. "
" A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything. "
" If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. "
" I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way. "
" All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. "
" 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. "
" Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand. "
" The real art of conducting consists in transitions. "
" I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day. "
" The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form. "
" 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. "
" If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster. "
" I live like a Hottentot. I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone. "
" Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one's way. "
" It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it. "
" The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave my future life its form and content. "
" 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. "
" When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one. "
" Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. "
" The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes. "
" With the coming of spring, I am calm again. "