No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.
There is no such thing as happy music.
I am in the world only for the purpose of composing. Franz Schubert
You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves.
One bites into the brass mouthpiece of his wooden cudgel, and the other blows his cheeks out on a French horn. Do you call that Art?
A man endures misfortune without complaint.
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
The world resembles a stage on which every man is playing a part.
There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane, and the other eccentric. They alternate at regular intervals.
Easy mind, light heart. A mind that is too easy hides a heart that is too heavy.
When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.
If only your pure and clean mind could touch me, dear Haydn, nobody has a greater reverence for you than I have.
I try to decorate my imagination as much as I can.
I never force myself to be devout except when I feel so inspired, and never compose hymns of prayers unless I feel within me real and true devotion.