Famous Quotes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Famous quotes by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.

“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpoints to hack post-horses.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music is my life and my life is music. Anyone who does not understand this is not worthy of God.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity … of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“One must not make oneself cheap here – that is a cardinal point – or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from letter to father from Vienna, complaining of coarse linen shirts Mozart was forced to wear

“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

“I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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