I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day.
In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
With the coming of spring, I am calm again.
The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks.
I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.
It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything afresh and create it anew.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.
The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form.
In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster.