Quotes by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (alternate name Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky).
“The creative process is like music which takes root with extraordinary force and rapidity” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Even in the works of the greatest master, the organic sequence can fail and then a skillful join must be made.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“After the last notes of Gotterdammerung I felt as though I had been let out of prison.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present: that is what I spend my whole life doing” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“I feel I shall live a long time. ” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to his brother, after composing the Pathetique Symphony (No. 6)
“What I need is to believe in myself again— for my faith has been greatly undermined; it seems to me my role is over.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s letter to his nephew (9 February 1893) Just prior to composing the Pathetique Symphony
“I sit down to the piano regularly at nine-o’clock in the morning and Mesdames les Muses have learned to be on time for that rendezvous.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“It is already a great thing if the main ideas and general outline of a work come without any racking of brains, as the result of that supernatural and inexplicable force we call inspiration.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless bastard! It annoys me that this self-inflated mediocrity is hailed as a genius.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s diary entry for October 9, 1886.