Quotes by Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas.

“Can you imagine what most conductors would do if I wrote one?” – Giuseppe Verdi

“I adore art… when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“Our mistake, you see, was to write interminable large operas, which had to fill an entire evening. And now along comes someone with a one or two-act opera without all that pompous nonsense – that was a happy reform.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” – Giuseppe Verdi

“They were all churning out operas of mine. It was clearly impossible for me to work under such conditions, so I hired the organs from their owners. It will cost me about 1,500 lire for the summer, but that is not too large a price to pay for peace.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“In that way I can be quite certain of not making any mistakes.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“My address? I think Italy will be sufficient.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“Oh blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs.” –  Giuseppe Verdi

“To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better.” – Giuseppe Verdi

“Really superior artists judge without being prejudiced by school, nationality or period. If the artists of north and south exhibit different tendencies, it is good that they are different!” – Giuseppe Verdi

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