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Gustav Mahler Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Music

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discipline, work.
Work, discipline.
- Gustav Mahler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Life's real lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

It is health that is real wealth,
and not pieces of gold and silver.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion,
for the real and for the truth.
- Abraham Maslow

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

What is real is beyond all reach.
- Julian Green

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The making of friends, who are real friends,
is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
- Edward Everett Hale

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot lose your real treasure.
- Osho


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