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Beethoven Quotes

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If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I play the piano and have been playing since I was 7,
mainly classical Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart.
- Kiana Tom

I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can,
in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach
put their influences together.
- John Zorn

Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself.
So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky.
I don't understand why this happens in the movie industry.
- Ennio Morricone

 

Beethoven had a great look.
It was very much about the drama of appearance.
- Boy George

Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights.
I only wanted...
to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home.
- Edvard Grieg

If Beethoven and Bach hooked up with Mozart and made a band,
they could be a distant runner up to The D. - Jack Black

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Beethoven suppressed everything, his personal life
disappeared until he was locked inside.
That is a figure quite extreme.
- Michael Tippett

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

After working with Ligeti I began to hear Brahms and Beethoven differently.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

One of my dogs is in the movie Beethoven's 2nd.
- Greg Louganis

I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
- Ringo Starr

Napolean is dead - but Beethoven lives.
- Bruno Walter

What you are, you are by accident of birth;
what I am,
I am by myself.
There are and will be a thousand princes;
there is only one Beethoven.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can
buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

Pulse as an active means of expression,
Stravinsky and Beethoven are the two masters of that.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do.
When one of his string quartets was played,
you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
- Wynton Marsalis

Beethoven can write music, thank God,
but he can do nothing else on earth.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being
good at billiards or golf.
- H. L. Mencken

Pornography is rather like trying to find out about
a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about
it and perhaps hum a few bars.
- Robertson Davies

Beethoven and Beatles, Mozart and Michael Jackson,
Paganini and Prince - I like them all.
- Vanessa Mae

Frank Zappa...
was Beethoven for insane rock guys.
- Scott Ian

I'm a Beethoven freak.
I listen to him all the time.
- David Canary

When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art,
a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony.
- Madeleine L'Engle

I find little in the works of Beethoven,
Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor
who functions like a windmill.
- Franz Liszt

I think there's a poet who wrote once a tragedy by Shakespeare,
a symphony by Beethoven and a thunderstorm are based on the same elements.
I think that's a beautiful line.
- Maximilian Schell

Most Beethoven symphonies require 80 or more instruments,
and the late romantics even more.
- Neville Marriner

Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day
after day to the job in hand.
They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.
- Ernest Newman

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise
that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
- E. M. Forster

People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains,
airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven Quartet.
- Witold Lutoslawski

Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth,
because I love that.
- Joan Armatrading

Bach and Beethoven, all of them, they had to write
something to please the upper structure,
those with money and power.
- Sun Ra

I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons.
First to discourage the composer from writing any more
and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
- Jascha Heifetz

Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to
yourself your own errors.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that
they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms.
But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy,
Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that.
- Kurt Masur

This is the mark of a really admirable man:
steadfastness in the face of trouble.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry,
"Thus far and no farther."
- Ludwig van Beethoven

I believe so, but at first he must know.
He must know in which spirit Beethoven has composed this piece.
He must try to study that.
And he must find out in which station of life of Beethoven he did.
- Kurt Masur

And it's a crime because the great plays of history,
going all the way back to the Greeks,
are part of everybody's heritage.
It's just like in music, Beethoven or Mozart,
that's everybody's heritage.
- Tony Randall

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher
world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which
mankind cannot comprehend.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Off with you!
You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and
joy to many other people.
There is nothing better or greater than that!
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven.
But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times,
they can play it in their sleep.
Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
- Robert Fripp

Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

The Beethoven Experience provided the opportunity to
solidify the relationship between the Orchestra and me,
the Orchestra and me and the public,
between all of us and the city of New York,
because Beethoven after all is a really amazing point of reference.
- Lorin Maazel

Music should strike fire from the heart of man,
and bring tears form the eyes of woman.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

I worked on scores.
I went to the musical library in Berlin which is very famous.
I discovered that we had scores of Beethoven,
printed scores of Beethoven, that are full of mistakes.
Not the wrong or false notes, but the wrong dynamic,
understandable things.
- Kurt Masur

The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done,
he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway.
The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone,
not money, can make them happy.
I speak from experience.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy,
not gold.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven.
And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic.
But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic.
And this was such a misunderstanding,
such a deep misunderstanding.
- Kurt Masur

Art!
Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
- Ludwig van Beethoven

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart,
and cannot make a good soup.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes,
and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine
for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

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

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller


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