What I need is to believe in myself again— for my faith has been greatly undermined; it seems to me my role is over.
Letter to a nephew (9 February 1893) Just prior to composing his "Pathetique" Symphony (No. 6)
I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless bastard! It annoys me that this self-inflated mediocrity is hailed as a genius.Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
After the last notes of Gotterdammerung I felt as though I had been let out of prison.Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky