Life Lessons From The World of Music


September is Classical Music Month.

Not everyone enjoys the songs, operas, or symphonies of the classical masters, but I wondered if some of the composers had uttered any wise and pithy words that any music lover might enjoy, be they country, blues, or classic rock fans.

Stretching the idea of classical music a bit, these quotes are from famous classical, impressionistic, and early to mid 20th century composers and musicians.

Classical Quotes

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowing reward of art.”
~ Frederic Chopin

“Life is the game that must be played, this truth at least, good friends, we know; so live and laugh, nor be dismayed as one by one the phantoms go.” ~ Arthur Rubinstien

“Face to the reality.” ~ Johann S Bach

“Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition. ~ Arthur Rubinstein

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

“Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.” ~ Aaron Copland

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~ Arthur Rubinstein

“In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?” ~ Igor Stravinsky

“In love’s godlike breathing, there’s the innermost aspect of the universe.”
~ Aleksandr Scriabin

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

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed . . . equally well.” ~ Johann S Bach

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.” ~ Igor Stravinsky

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
~ Johannes Brahms

“People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to compositions as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Listen to no one’s advice except that of the wind in the trees. That can recount the whole history of mankind...” ~ Claude Debussy

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ~ Richard Wagner


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