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Ludwig van Beethoven Quotes

Birth Date: 1770-12-17 (Monday, December 17th, 1770)
Date of Death: 1827-03-26 (Monday, March 26th, 1827)


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World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the deaf composer s supervision.Friday, May 7th, 1824
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven s Fidelio after it was totally destroyed in World War II.Friday, November 4th, 1955
Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven s Symphony No. 7.Sunday, August 19th, 1990


    • I want to seize fate by the throat.
    • There ought to be but one large art warehouse in the world, to which the artist could carry his art-works, and from which he could carry away whatever he needed. As it is, one must be half a tradesman.
    • Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
    • The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse - it will not submit to the mold of flattery.
    • Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est. (Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.)
    • Ich werde im Himmel horen! (I will hear in heaven!)
    • The day-to-day exhausted me!
    • Muss es sein? Es muss sein.
    • Another equally true saying of Schumann is that, compared with Beethoven, Schubert is as a woman to a man. For it must be confessed that one's attitudes towards him is almost always that of sympathy, attraction, and love, rarely that of embarrassment or fear. Here and there only, as in the Rosamund B minor Entr'acte, or the Finale of the 10th symphony, does he compel his listeners with an irrestistible power; and yet how different is this compulsion from the strong, fierce, merciless coercion, with which Beethoven forces you along, and bows and bends you to his will.
    • When his friends, says Czerny, speak to him of his youthful renown, he replies: 'Ah, nonsense! I have never thought of writing for renown and glory. What I have in my heart must out; that is why I write.'
    • You are going to Vienna in fulfillment of your long-frustrated wishes. The Genius of Mozart is mourning and weeping over the death of her pupil. She has found a refuge but no occupation with the inexhaustible Haydn; through him she wishes to form a union with another. With the help of assiduous labor you shall receive Mozart's spirit from Haydn's hands.
    • Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
    • A colossus beyond the grasp of most mortals, with his totally uncompromising power, his unsensual and uningratiating way with music as with people.
    • Anyone who understands my music will never be unhappy again.
    • Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.
    • Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
    • Do you think I worry about your lousy fiddle when the spirit moves me?
    • I can't think about your miserable violin when I am speaking to my God!
    • Music is........ a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
    • Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
    • Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
    • Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
    • Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
    • Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
    • Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
    • The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'
    • There lies somehing revolutionary in the music.
    • This [pointing to his head] and this [pointing to his heart] is my nobility.
    • Thus Fate knocks the door.
    • To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.
    • What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one Beethoven.
    • My music is music about music.
    • We mortals with immortal minds are only born for sufferings and joys, and one could almost say that the most excellent receive joy through sufferings.
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