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It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown,
by Gustav Mahler

It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown,
but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.
- Gustav Mahler

The real art of conducting consists in transitions.
- Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish.
- Gustav Mahler

 

If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies.
- Gustav Mahler

Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries.
Continue steadfastly on one's way.
- Gustav Mahler

Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier.
- Gustav Mahler

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Discipline, work.
Work, discipline.
- Gustav Mahler

To judge a composer's work, one must consider it as a whole.
- Gustav Mahler

In the theatrical works we love and admire the most,
the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
- Gustav Mahler

With the coming of spring, I am calm again.
- Gustav Mahler

When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance,
unless it is to reach for another, higher one.
- Gustav Mahler

Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it.
- Gustav Mahler

I have become a different person.
I don't know whether this person is better,
he certainly is not happier.
- Gustav Mahler

A symphony must be like the world.
It must contain everything.
- Gustav Mahler

What I wanted and what I visualized while composing
has not always been realized.
- Gustav Mahler

Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.
- Gustav Mahler

I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy.
as I now count on your understanding.
- Gustav Mahler

I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas -
I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day.
- Gustav Mahler

The further the music develops, the more complex the
apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
- Gustav Mahler

Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested.
So let us not be idle.
- Gustav Mahler

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.
- Gustav Mahler

It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything
afresh and create it anew.
- Gustav Mahler

The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave
my future life its form and content.
- Gustav Mahler

It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing
at first where one is going.
- Gustav Mahler

Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
- Gustav Mahler

Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having
the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a
carefully selected number of piccolos.
- Gustav Mahler

If you think you're boring your audience,
go slower not faster.
- Gustav Mahler

I am hitting my head against the walls,
but the walls are giving way.
- Gustav Mahler

In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music,
meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
- Gustav Mahler

It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces.
- Gustav Mahler

Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking.
- Gustav Mahler

The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks.
- Gustav Mahler

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer!
I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
- Gustav Mahler

The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form.
- Gustav Mahler

I beg of you...
never assume an inner or an outer pose,
never a disguise.
- Gustav Mahler

You must renounce all superficiality,
all convention, all vanity and delusion.
- Gustav Mahler

I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded
by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment.
- Gustav Mahler

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.
- Gustav Mahler

I live like a Hottentot.
I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone.
- Gustav Mahler

An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.
- Gustav Mahler

I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer.
A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young...
he killed himself in the prime of his life.
- Gustav Mahler

There is a world of difference between a Mahler eighth
note and a normal eighth note.
- Gustav Mahler

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet


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