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Franz Liszt
October 22, 1811 - July 31, 1886
Nationality: Hungarian
Category: Composer
Subcategory: Hungarian Composer

As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language, so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation.


It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.


I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.


Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words.


Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.


A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense.


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.


Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.


Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.


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.


Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.


The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation rather than in any other, without which it would have no power to exist.


Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.


Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.


Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.


I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment... rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart, such as I have felt it since my childhood.


A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.


The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.


Truth is a great flirt.


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.


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