20 Famous Quotes from Famous Composers

Music has been an important part of life since the very beginnings of humanity, it has transcended all over the history and those who have devoted their lives to it have not only shared their knowledge about music theory and their musical creations, they have also left their intellectual legacy trough very inspirational treatises, quotes, books and even more sources you could ever imagine.

These composers have given their thoughts not only for musical porpuses but also to arts in general and life itself. Next, we’re going to show you 20 famous quotes from some of the most virtuous composers of all times that we hope will inspire you and cheer up your day.

  1. Giacomo Puccini: “Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all men’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.”

  2. Maurice Ravel: “The only love affair I’ve ever had was with music.”

  3. Richard Wagner: “Imagination creates reality.”

  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: “A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.”

  5. Robert Schumann: “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”

  6. Erik Satie: “The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest.”

  7. J.S. Bach: “I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.”

  8. George Bizet: “As a musician, I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”

  9. Joseph Haydn: “There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.”

  10. Claude Debussy: “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”

  11. Johannes Brahms: “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”

  12. Gustav Mahler: “I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.”

  13. Franz Liszt: “Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.”

  14. Georg Frideric Handel: “I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.”

  15. Bela Bartok: “Competitions are for horses, not artists.”

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

  17. Jean Sibelius: “Music begins where the possibilities of language end.”

  18. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”

  19. Gustav Holst: “Music being identical with heaven isn’t a thing of momentary thrills or even hourly ones. It’s a condition of eternity.”

  20. Ludwing Van Beethoven: “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets.

We hope you liked these 20 quotes as they are great pieces of inspiration. Stay tuned for our next posts for more about music, arts and entertainment. See you next time!

Jose Carlos (for Music Interval Theory Academy)


About the Author

Jose Carlos

Jose is a student of musicology and a big fan of books and science.

He lives in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and works as a freelance writer. His main profession is writing articles about music-related topics like music therapy, how music can cure diseases and what it does to the human brain.

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