"Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music "
"Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman"
"I can't live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it, or thinking about it"
"It is the melody which is the charm of music, and it is that which is most difficult to produce. The invention of a fine melody is a work of genius."
"A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything."
"Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift."
"The language of music is common to all generations and nations; it is understood by everybody, since it is understood with the heart."
"True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time"
"If music be the food of love, play on
Give me excess of it"
Opening lines of "Twelfth Night"
"You have to stop listening in categories. The music is either good or it's bad."
"But music, don't you know, is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It's not even the expression of a feeling, it's the feeling itself."
"Music is an incomparably more powerful means and is a subtler language for expressing the thousand different moments of the soul's moods."
"A symphony is no joke."