Robert Schumann Quotes


Best 60 Quotes by Robert Schumann – Page 1 of 2

“A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity.”

“By means of industry and perseverance you will rise higher and higher.”

“Confidence and courage are special skills to the art. Within the four walls of his study, the artist should be modest, work diligently and conscientiously. While for the public, he'll show himself audacious, yes even into cheerful boldness. And so a new public's darling has arisen.”

“For me Wagner is impossible... He talks without ever stopping. One can't just talk all the time.”

“For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.”

“From a pound of iron, that costs little, a thousand watch-springs can be made, whose value becomes prodigious. The pound you have received from the Lord, use it faithfully.”

“I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.”

“If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.”

“In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.”

“It is the curse of talent that, although it labors with greater steadiness and perseverance than genius, it does not reach its goal, while genius already on the summit of the ideal, gazes laughingly about.”

“It was an unforgettable picture to see Chopin sitting at the piano like a clairvoyant, lost in his dreams; to see how his vision communicated itself through his playing, and how, at the end of each piece, he had the sad habit of running one finger over the length of the plaintive keyboard, as though to tear himself forcibly away from his dream.”

“Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.”

“Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder.”

“My symphonies would have reached Opus 100 if I had but written them down. Sometimes I am so full of music, and so overflowing with melody, that I find it simply impossible to write down anything.”

“Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.”

“Only when the form grows clear to you, will the spirit become so too.”

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“People compose for many reasons, to become immortal; because the piano happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; or for no reason whatsoever.”

“Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius.”

“Send light to the dark hearts of men, that is the duty the artist.”

“Talent works, genius creates.”

“That first concept is alway the most naturally and best. The mind errs, the emotion never.”

“The hearing of masterworks of different epochs will speediest of all cure you of vanity and self-adoration.”

“The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.”

“To compose is to remember music that has never been written.”

“To poetry belongs the golden, decisive word. Other arts have accepted nature herself as arbiter, from whom they have borrowed their forms. Music is the orphan whose father and mother no one can determine, and it may well be that precisely in this mystery lies the source of its beauty.”

“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts ? such is the duty of the artist.”

“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”

“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts--such is the duty of the artist.”

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the destiny of the artist.”

“We liked it or I didn't like it, people say. As if it were nothing higher than to please the people!”

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“When I was seventeen years old, I did not know C sharp from D flat. Ignorant of this, yet I wrote music.”

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