To compose music, all you have to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
The study of the history of music and the hearing of masterworks of different epochs will quickly cure you of vanity and self-adoration.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
The painter turns a poem into a painting; the musician sets a picture to music.
Summit or death, either way, I win.
Talent works, genius creates.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.