Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.
Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness.
Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with.
Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.
Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.
It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.
Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.
I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.
We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm.