Richard Wagner Quotes

Who is Richard Wagner?

Richard Wagner was a German composer of operas known for 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' and 'Tristan und Isolde'.

Wagner coined the phrase Gesamtkunstwerk as a total work of art and even had his own Operahaus called 'Das Festspielhaus' in Bayreuth. Great guy!

Born May 22, 1813
Died February 13, 1883

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Best 12 Quotes by Richard Wagner

“A political man is disgusting, but a political wife, horrible.”

“Human dignity begins to assert itself only at the point where man is distinguishable from the beast by pity for it.”

“I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven, and likewise their disciples and apostles; - I believe in the Holy Spirit and the truth of the one, indivisible Art; - I believe that this Art proceeds from God, and lives within the hearts of all illumined men.”

“I write music with an exclamation point!”

“Imagination creates reality.”

“It is a truth forever, that where the speech of man stops short there Music's reign begins.”

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”

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“Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words, because it is infinite.”

“The language of tones belongs equally to all mankind, and melody is the absolute language in which the musician speaks to every heart.”

“The only form of music is melody, without melody music is not feasible, and music and melody are quite inseparable.”

“The purpose of art: to make the unconscious conscious.”

“We must learn to die, and to die in the fullest sense of the word. The fear of the end is the source of all lovelessness”

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