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Ludwig van Beethoven Quotes


A German composer who lived predominantly in Vienna, Austria.
(1770 - 1827)

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A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
 

Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.
 

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
[Art]
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Beethoven can write music, thank God - but he can do nothing else on earth.
[Music]
 

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.
 

I want to seize fate by the throat.
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Ich werde im Himmel hören! (I will hear in heaven!)
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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
[Music]
 

Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.
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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.
[Music]
 

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
[Music]
 

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
[Music]
 

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
[Music]
 

Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
 

Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
 

One must not hold one's self so divine as to be unwilling occasionally to make improvements in one's creations.
[Perfection]
 

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
 

Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est. (Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.)
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Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
[Virtue]
 

The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."
 


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