The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
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.
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.
Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.