10 Famous Quotes by Mozart

By July 25, 2011Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart c. 1780, detail from portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce

Collected below are some of our favourite quotes by Mozart, revealing his zest for life and sharp wit.

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.”

“When I am . . . traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.”

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

“It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.”

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”

“Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.”

“One must not make oneself cheap here — that is a cardinal point — or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.”

“A fellow of mediocre talent will remain a mediocrity, whether he travels or not; but one of superior talent (which without impiety I cannot deny that I possess) will go to seed if he always remains in the same place.”

“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”

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